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Student Tours and Programs


What We Offer

2014-15 Education Program GuideInterpretive tours offer age-appropriate, in-depth overviews of the museum's exhibits. Tours are available to groups of 10 students or more. Programs cover a large variety of topics, including natural history, science, technology, engineering and math, and adhere to the Virginia Standards of Learning and North Carolina Science Standards. Programs presented at the museum are 20 to 60 minutes-long, depending on what other group activities are requested. Lunch can be provided at the museum by the museum's PALEO Cafe, a pre-approved vendor, or students may bring their own lunches. Homeschool groups, daycares, and other types of educational classes are welcome.

Reservations

Reservations are required and must be made at least 2 weeks in advance of your visit. To schedule a visit, call (276)634-4185 or email discover@vmnh.virginia.gov.

Admission Fees

For only $4 per student, students receive admission to the museum, a guided exhibit tour led by a museum interpreter, as well as an SOL-based program led by a skilled museum educator. Admission is free for teachers, chaperones (up to 1 chaperone for every 10 students), and bus drivers.

Programs

The museum offers a wide variety of SOL-based educational programming. Each program below is listed by title with a brief description and corresponding state standards. To learn about other programming opportunities not listed, or to discuss tailoring a program to meet your specific needs, please contact us at (276)634-4185 or discover@vmnh.virginia.gov.


 

SOL-Based Programming

Wild Weather
Pre-K–grade 1
What is weather? How does it affect us? Students will learn weather basics during a fun activity that focuses on wind.
Virginia: K.1; K.9; 1.7
North Carolina: K.E.1.2; K.E.1.3

To Be a Tree
Pre-K–4, LS, BIO
Explore the structure and function of a tree and how important light, water, and nutrients are for survival through Project Learning Tree® activities.
Virginia: K.1; K.6; K.7; K.9; 1.4; 1.7; 1.8; 2.1; 2.4; 2.5; 2.7; 2.8; 3.1; 3.6; 3.8; 3.10; 4.1; 4.4; 4.9; LS.7; BIO.8
North Carolina:K.L.1.1; 1.E.2.2; 1.L.1.1; 1.L.1.2; 1.L.1.3; 1.L.2.1; 3.L.2.1; 3.L.2.2; 3.L.2.3; 3.L.2.4

Education Program

The Plains Indians
Pre-K–5
Using a tipi and a buffalo hide, students will discuss the importance of natural resources used by Indians. Program must be scheduled at the museum. Activities are adjusted according to grade level.
Virginia Social Science: K.2; 1.6; 2.2; 2.4; VS.2; USI.3
North Carolina Social Science: K.C.1.2; 1.C.1.2; 2.G.2.1; 3.G.1.3; 4.H.1.1; 4.C.1.1

Exploring Nature
Pre-K–Biology
Enjoy a unique experience in an outdoor, natural laboratory exploring terrestrial or aquatic ecology. These hands-on, highly interactive programs can be customized for any age group and green space. Activities include: nature journaling, stream survey of macro invertebrates, GPS, map reading, unnatural trail hikes, web of life, nature bingo, or bug hunt. You can choose to have your programs take place in any green space in your community including: Philpott Dam, Fairy Stone State Park, Jack Dalton Park, Gravely Nature Preserve, Jaycee Park, Dana O. Baldwin Memorial Park, Frank Wilson Park, Beaver Creek Reservoir, or on the green spaces or trails on your school campus!
Virginia and North Carolina learning standards vary depending on the activities requested.

Water Fun
Kindergarten–grade 1
Students will discover different properties of water in this fun program.
Virginia: K.5
North Carolina: 1.E.2.1

Whose Hat Is This?
Kindergarten – grade 1
Through a fun, interactive activity involving images, stories, artifacts, and dress-up, students will explore the lives of great American leaders, the contributions they made to the United States, and the different cultures they each represented.
Virginia History and Social Science SOL: K.1, K.2, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3
North Carolina Social Studies: K.H.1.1, K.H.1.3, K.C.1, 1.H.1.2, 1.H.1.3, 1.C.1

Sense It
Kindergarten – grade 2
How do scientists gather information? Students will sharpen their scientific skills by using their senses to investigate the physical properties of various objects such as shape, color, texture, and weight.
Virginia: K.1, K.2, K.4, 1.1, 2.1
North Carolina: K.P.2.1

Floaters and Sinkers
Kindergarten – grade 2
Will it float? Will it sink? In this game, we’ll make predictions and explore outcomes. Hope your choices don’t go kerplunk! Investigate the properties of water and solid objects then classify and communicate the results.
Virginia: K.1, K.4, K.5, 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3
North Carolina: K.P.2.1, K.P.2.2, 1.P.1.1, 1.P.1.3

Spinning in the Air!
Kindergarten – grade 2
Observe, test and communicate what happens to different flying objects moving through air by creating an aircraft that will catch the air, float and spin!
Virginia: K.1, K.4, 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2
North Carolina K.P.1.2, K.P.2.1

Diving Into Oceans
Kindergarten–grade 2
Take a journey to another world to explore the variety of ocean dwelling creatures and their unique characteristics, and how pollution affects this natural resource.
Virginia: K.1; K.6; K.7; 1.1; 1.5; 1.8; 2.1; 2.5
North Carolina: K.L.1.2; 1.L.2.1; 1.L.2.1; 1.L.2.2

Dinosaur Dig
Kindergarten–grade 3
Students pretend to be paleontologists during a mock dig for dinosaur “bones.”
Virginia: K.1; K.2; K.6; K.10; 1.5; 2.1; 2.5; 2.7; 3.4; 3.5; 3.10
North Carolina: K.L.1.1; K.L.1.2; 1.L.1.1; 1.L.1.2

Ready to Recycle
Kindergarten–grade 3
Students listen to a story about “Henry the Heron” to discover the hazards of litter and play a matching game to learn about recycling.
Virginia: K.1; K.11; 1.1; 1.8; 2.1; 3.10
North Carolina: K.P.2.2

Awesome Autumn
Kindergarten–grade 4
Learn how plants and animals transform to prepare themselves for the cold winter months.
Virginia: K.1; K.6; K.7; K.9; 1.1; 1.5; 1.7; 2.1; 2.5; 2.7; 3.4; 3.5; 3.8
North Carolina: K.E.1.2; K.E.1.3; K.L.1.2; 1.L.2.2

Pondering Plants
Kindergarten–grade 4
Through lively skits students learn about the importance of plants and their plant parts, functions, and products.
Virginia: K.1; K.6; K.7; K.9; 1.1; 1.4; 1.7; 2.1; 2.4; 2.8; 3.8; 4.4; 4.5
North Carolina: 1.L.1.1; 1.L.1.2; 1.L.2.1; 3.L.2.1; 3.L.2.3

Marvelous Magnets
Kindergarten–grades 2, 4
Students conduct simple experiments involving magnetic fields, poles, attraction, and the uses of magnets.
Virginia: K.1; K.3; 2.1; 2.2
North Carolina: 1.P.1.2; 4.P.1.1

Animal Basics
Kindergarten–grade 4
This hands-on program helps students understand that animals can be classified by their coverings or skin.
Virginia: K.1; K.2; K.4; 1.1; 1.4; 1.5; 1.7; 2.5; 2.7; 2.8; 3.1; 3.4
North Carolina: K.P.2.1; K.L.1.2

Bears in the Forest
Kindergarten–grade 4
Have fun learning about habitats and the life needs and characteristics of bears in this active role-play program adapted from Project WILD®.
Virginia: K.1; K.2; K.4; K.6; K.7; 1.1; 1.5; 1.7; 1.8; 2.1; 2.5; 2.7; 3.4; 3.5; 3.6; 4.8
North Carolina: K.L.1.1; K.L.1.2; 1.L.1.1; 1.L.1.2; 1.L.2.2; 4.L.1.1; 4.L.1.2

Eat Seeds? Who Me?
Kindergarten–grade 4
Students explore the important role seeds play in the food chain by dissecting a bean.
Adapted from Project WILD®.
Virginia: K.1; K.4; K.6; K.7; K.9; 1.1; 2.1; 2.4; 2.8; 3.8; 4.4; 4.9
North Carolina: K.L.1.2; 1.L.1.1; 1.L.1.2; 1.L.2.1; 3.L.2.1; 3.L.2.2; 3.L.2.3

Grow As We Go
Kindergarten–grade 4
Does the baby look like its mother? Life processes are illustrated through a game involving the life cycle of butterflies, ladybugs, frogs, birds, and fish. Adapted from Wild about Early Learners.
Virginia: K.1; K.6; K.7; K.9; 1.1; 1.5; 2.1; 2.4; 3.8
North Carolina: K.L.1.2; 2.L.1.1; 2.L.1.2; 2.L.2.1; 2.L.2.2

Crafty Environments
Kindergarten–grade 6
In this program, students will learn about the items that contribute to polluting the environment and why. Students will discover other uses for these items such as arts and crafts.
Virginia: K.11; 1.8; 3.10; 3.11; 4.9; 6.9
North Carolina: 1.L.1.3

Beaks and Feet
Kindergarten–grades 4, LS
What are these feet good for? Can you eat with this beak? Look at several bird specimens to learn how these adaptations allow them to eat different types of food, or live in their habitats.
Virginia: K.1; K.2; K.6; K.7; 1.1; 1.5; 2.1; 2.5; 3.1; 3.4; 4.1; 4.5
North Carolina: K.L.1; K.L.2; 4.L.1

Eastern Woodland Indians
Kindergarten–grade 5
Students will learn about the natural resources that Eastern Woodland Indians used in their daily activities. Students will examine artifacts and reproductions to get a glimpse of the lifestyles of Indians before colonization.
Virginia: 1.8; 3.10; 4.9 Virginia History/Social Science K.1; 1.6; 2.2; 2.4; 2.7; VS.1; VS.2; USI.3; WHI.2
North Carolina Social Science: K.C.1.2; 1.C.1.2; 2.G.2.1; 3.G.1.3; 4.H.1.1; 4.C.1.1

A Weighty Matter
Kindergarten, grades 2–3, 5–6
Physical Science: Solids, liquid, and gas...is that all there is to matter? This sequel to our popular “It Matters” program provides further exploration of matter by focusing on its measurement, composition, and physical properties.
Virginia: K.4; 1.3; 2.3; 3.3; 5.4; 6.4; PS.2;
Math: K.10; 2.17; 3.14; 5.11; 6.10;
North Carolina: 2.P.2.1; 3.P.2.1; 3.P.2.2; 4.P.1.1; 5.P.2.2; 5.P.2.3; 6.P.2.1

Animals on Parade
Kindergarten – grades 1 – 5, LS
Visit the live animals in the Teacher Resource Center and find out about life needs, characteristics, life cycles, and adaptations with the help of the museum’s animal friends.
Virginia: K.1, K.6, K.7, 1.1, 1.5, 1.7, 2.7, 3.4, 3.5, 4.5, 4.9, 5.5, LS.4, LS.5, LS.8, LS.9
North Carolina: K.L.1.2, 1.L.1.1, 1.L2.2, 2.L.1.1

Water Cycle Voyage
Kindergarten–Life Science
Students will learn about the water cycle as they “become” water droplets in these highly interactive games designed by grade level.
Virginia: 2.1; 2.3; 3.9
North Carolina: 5.P.2.1

Scientific Investigation
Kindergarten–Physical Science
Students investigate the components of experimental design in creative and fun ways. From honing observation and classification skills to data collection and analysis, activities are designed for age-appropriate exploration.
Virginia: K.1; 1.1; 2.1; 3.1; 4.1; 5.1; 6.1; LS.1; PS.1; ES.1
Math: K.10; 1.12, 2.23; 3.14; 3.21; 4.11; 5.11; 6.10
North Carolina Math: OIM.M.1.5

Light Science
Kindergarten–Physical Science
Students will explore the science of light, and learn about waves, reflection, refraction, shadows, and the color spectrum. Grade-level appropriate activities will be chosen to meet the needs of your class.
Virginia: K.8; 1.1; 1.6; 2.1; 3.1; 4.1; 5.1; 5.3; 6.1; 6.3; PS.9
North Carolina: 4.P.3.1; 4.P.3.2; 6.P.1.1; 6.P.1.2

I Like to Move It, Move It!
Grade 1
Explore the many ways objects move and the forces that cause movement. Students will design and build a device to demonstrate force and motion.
Virginia: 1.1, 1.2
North Carolina: 1.P.1.1, 1.P.1.3

It Matters
Grades 1–2, 5
Students learn about the properties of solids, liquids, and gases through hands-on experiments.
Virginia: 1.3; 2.3; 5.4
North Carolina: 2.P.2.1; 3.P.2.1; 3.P.2.2

Hooray for Habitats
Grades 1–2, 4–5
Discover the differences and similarities of the river and temperate forest habitats.
Virginia: 1.5; 2.5
North Carolina: 1.L.1.1; 4.L.1.3; 4.L.1.4

Virginia Resources
Grades 1, 2, 4, 6
Virginia has a wealth of natural resources. Students will learn about important Virginia resources, such as minerals, water, wildlife, and forests and their importance in our community and state.
Virginia: 1.8, 2.8, 4.9, 6.9

Sound Detectives
Grades 1, 2, 5, 6
Students investigate the world of sound by experiencing vibrations using various objects. Concepts include: motion of objects, vibration (first grade), frequency, waves, and wavelength (fifth grade).
Virginia: 1.1; 1.2; 5.1; 5.2
North Carolina: 2.P.1.1; 2.P.1.2; 4.P.3.1; 6.P.1.1

Owl Pellets and Food Chains
Grades 1–6, LS
Learn about food chains first-hand by dissecting owl pellets. Additional fee of $2 per student.
Virginia: 1.5; 2.5; 3.4; 3.5; 4.5; LS.6; LS.7; LS.9
North Carolina: 1.L.1.1; 1.L.2.2

Fantastic Food Chains
Grades 1–7
Explore food chain basics and the interconnections between organisms and the environment.
Virginia: 1.1; 1.5; 2.5; 2.8; 3.5; 3.10; 4.5; 6.9; LS.7; LS.11
North Carolina: 1.L.1.1; 1.L.2.2; 4.L.1.1; 4.L.1.2

Rocks and Minerals Uncovered
Grades 1, 4–6, ES
Students will explore the bountiful resources of the Earth through rock and mineral samples.
Virginia: 1.8; 4.1; 4.9; 5.1; 5.7; 6.1; 6.2; 6.9; ES.5; ES.6; ES.7
North Carolina: 1.E.2.1

Americans: The Original
Grade 2
Before the English reached the shores of Virginia it was inhabited by a thriving native culture. Through the examination of artifacts, images, and maps, students will explore and compare daily lives of the men, women, and children of the Powhatan, Lakota, and Pueblo Indians, and examine the cultural differences of the three groups.
Virginia: History and Social Sciences SOL: 2.2, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.8
North Carolina: SCS SOL Social Studies: 2.H.1, 2.G.1.2, 2.G.2, 2.C.1

Weather Wizards
Grades 2, 4, 5
What’s the difference between a hurricane and a tornado? Students will learn what causes certain weather conditions and how they affect us.
Virginia: 2.6; 2.7; 4.6
North Carolina: K.E.1.2; K.E.1.3; 2.E.1.1; 2.E.1.2; 2.E.1.3; 2.E.1.4; 5.E.1.1; 5.E.1.2; 5.E.1.3

Weathering and Erosion
Grades 2, 5
Students will explore the causes and the results of weathering and erosion. Explorations with soil, rock and water allow them to view the effects that weathering and erosion have on plants, animals, and land forms.
Virginia: 2.7; 5.7
North Carolina: 4.E.2.3; 4.L.1.3

I-mail: Messages about Insects
Grades 2–7
Students will explore the world of insects as they learn about life cycles, food webs, adaptations, and interdependencies.
Virginia: 2.4; 2.5; 3.4; 3.5; 3.6; 3.8; 3.10; 4.5; 4.9; 5.5; 6.9; LS.4; LS.7; LS.8; LS.9
North Carolina: 2.L.1.1, 2.L.1.2, 2.L.2.1, 2.L.2.2, 4.L.1.1, 4.L.1.2, 4.L.1.4

What Do Trees Need?
Grades 2–4, LS, BIO
In this active program, students will become trees and compete for their essential needs. Students will also learn how environmental impacts, such as drought, will affect the tree’s growth.
Virginia: 2.1; 2.4; 2.5; 2.7; 2.8; 3.1; 3.6; 3.8; 3.10; 4.1; 4.4; 4.9
North Carolina: 3.L.2.1, 3.L.2.2, 3.L.2.3, 3.L.2.4, 4.L.1.1

I Love Oobleck
Grades 2, 5–8, PS
Students practice measuring skills by exploring and creating a mystery substance to test their observation skills and investigate the states of matter. If your group is already familiar with Oobleck, this program can be adjusted to include inquiry-based explorations on the mysterious goo.
Virginia: 2.1; 2.3; 5.4; 6.1; 6.4; PS.1; PS.2. Math: 5.11; 6.10
North Carolina: 2.P.2.1; 3.P.2.2; 6.P.2.2; 6.P.2.3; 8.P.1.3; PSc.2.1.2

Let’s Make a Fossil!
Grade 2, ES, BIO
Students will explore what makes a fossil a fossil, make observations to determine what we can learn from fossils, and explore the processes of how fossil form. Students will even make a fossil of their very own to keep! This program requires an additional fee of $2 per student.
Virginia: 2.5, ES.9, BIO.6, BIO.7
North Carolina: 4.E.2.1, 4.E.2.2

Welcome to America!
Grade 3
With this imaginative journey through time, students will explore an era when cartographers were mapping the world and mariners were discovering new, exotic lands. Through the hands- on examination of artifacts, images, maps, and even spices, students will learn what prompted some of the greatest explorers of all time to leave Europe and “discover” America and the impact it had on the native cultures.
Virginia: 3.3, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8, 3.12
North Carolina: 3.H.1, 3.H.2, 3.G.1.3, 3.G.1.4, 3.E.1, 3.C.1.1, 3.C.1.3

Virginia Science SOL–S.O.S.!
Grades 3, 5
Want to do something different with your students as SOL tests approach? This fast paced, highly interactive, and engaging program addresses key science concepts and principles. Third grade and fifth grade versions available.

Ocean Connections
Grades 3–6
Students will learn about producers and consumers from four marine ecosystems and about the delicate balance among the organisms in each environment.
Virginia: 3.4; 3.5; 3.6; 3.10; 4.5; 5.6
North Carolina: 4.L.1.2; 5.L.2.1; 5.L.2.2; 5.L.2.3

As the World Rotates and Revolves
Grades 3–4, 6
Create and describe a model of the Earth, moon, and sun system with approximate scaled distances and sizes.
Virginia: 3.8; 4.1; 4.7; 6.8
North Carolina: 3.P.1.3, 3.E.1.1, 3.E.1.2, 4.E.1.1, 4.E.1.2, 6.E.1.1

Space Voyage
Grades 3, 4, 6
Student will take a virtual trip through space as we explore planet sizes, distance, and character-istics and other out-of-this world objects in our amazing solar system.
Virginia: 4.1, 4.7, 6.1, 6.8
North Carolina: 3.E.1.1, 6.E.1.1, 6.E.1.2, 6.E.1.3

Crystals Everywhere!
Grades 3–6
Grow a variety of crystals using several different methods. Put students’ scientific process skills to work in this multi-day experience creating crystal gardens, rock candy and “gems” while learning about molecules and bonds. Everything needed to grow, record, reason and interpret the results is supplied along with two visits from VMNH staff. Note: special pricing for two programs.
Virginia: 3.1, 3.3, 4.1, 4.9, 5.1, 5.4, 6.1, 6.4, 6.5
North Carolina: 5.P.2.2, 5.P.2.3

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t
Grades 3–4, LS
Students learn about the benefits of camouflage and make their own camouflage. By observing numerous animals and their defense mechanisms, students will learn that each species has special adaptations to survive in their environment.
Virginia: 3.4; 3.5; 4.1; 4.5; LS.8; LS.9
North Carolina: 4.L.1.2, 4.L.1.4, 5.L.2.3

Digging In
Grades 3–6, ES
Students may get a little dirty while exploring the components of soil, its origin, and its importance as a Virginia natural resource.
Virginia: 3.1; 3.7; 3.10; 4.1; 4.9; 5.1; 5.7; ES.8
North Carolina: 3.L.2.4, 6.E.2.4

Hooks and Ladders
Grades 3–6, LS, BIO
Investigate the life cycle of brown trout featured in the Trout in the Classroom museum tank through this highly active game. Adapted from a Project Aquatic Wild® activity.
Virginia: 3.1; 3.4; 3.5; 3.6; 3.8; 3.9; 4.1; 4.5; 4.9; 6.5; 6.7; 6.9; LS.4; LS.8; LS.9; LS.10; LS.12; BIO.9
North Carolina: 4.L.1.1, 4.L.1.2, 4.L.1.3, 8.E.1.1, 8.L.3.1, 8.L.3.2, Bio.2.1.2, Bio.2.2.1, Bio.2.2.2, EEn.2.4.2

Backboned Seven: Vertebrates of Virginia
Grades 3–7
The seven classes of vertebrates are brought to life in this program through pictures, various specimens, and hands-on activities.
Virginia: 3.4; 3.5; 3.6; 4.5; 4.9; 5.5; LS.4; LS.7
North Carolina: 4.E.2.2

Renewable or Not?
Grades 3, 4, 6, 8
Explore renewable and nonrenewable energy sources, how they are different, and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Students will build a machine that uses renewable energy to investigate green technologies!
Virginia: 3.11, 4.9, 6.2, 6.9
North Carolina: 8.P.2.2

Speedy Building
Grades 3–8
Students will use Legos®, axles and wheels to build cars to race to explore motion, friction, energy, and simple machines. They will measure distance and time traveled, and will construct a graph to understand how to calculate speed.
Virginia: 3.1; 3.2; 4.1; 4.2; 6.1; 6.2; PS.1; PS.6; PS.10; Math: 4.14; 5.2; 5.4; 6.6
North Carolina: 3.P.1.1; 3.P.1.2; 5.P.1.1; 5.P.1.2; 5.P.1.3; 5.P.1.4; 7.P.1.1; 7.P.1.1; 7.P.1.2; 7.P.1.3; 7.P.1.4; 7.P.2.1; 7.P.2.2; 7.P.2.3; 7.P.2.4; Math: 0IM.A.2.2; 0IM.A.2

Getting to Know Your Watershed
Grades 3–ES
Students explore the importance of watershed health and the effects of erosion with hands-on outdoor activities and games.
Virginia: 3.7; 3.9; 3.10; 4.5; 4.9; 5.7; 6.5; 6.7; ES.8 North Carolina: 4.L.1.1, 4.L.1.2, 4.L.1.3, 6.E.2.4, 8.E.1.1, 8.L.3.1, 8.L.3.2, Bio.2.1.2, Bio.2.2.1, Bio.2.2.2, EEn.2.1, EEn.2.4.2

Flying High!
Grades 4–6
How high can it fly? Students will explore force and motion and use canister rockets to test hypotheses, identify variables, collect and analyze data, and form conclusions.
Virginia: 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 6.1
North Carolina: 5.P.1.3

History Beyond the Books
Grades 4–6
Bring the historic resources of the Virginia Museum of Natural History into your classroom! Students will learn how to interpret history using the same tools historians use! Investigating pictures, exploring artifacts, researching books, listening to stories, navigating maps, and even examining what some would call trash will stimulate their minds and help bring people and events from our past to life!
Virginia History and Social Science: VS.1, VS.2, USI.1, USII.1
North Carolina Social Studies: 4.H.1, 4.H.2, 4.C&G.1.1, 4.C&G.1.3, 4.C&G.2.1, 4.C.1, 5.H.1.1, 5.H.2.2, 5.C&G.1.3, 5.C.1.4, 6.H.1, 6.H.2, 6.G.1, 6.G.2

We’re All in a Watershed
Grades 4–6
This program incorporates an interactive watershed model to illustrate the basic properties and characteristics of watersheds.
Virginia: 4.1; 4.5; 4.9; 6.1; 6.5; 6.7; 6.9
North Carolina: 4.L.1.3

What a Shock!
Grades 4, 6, Physical Science
Discover the components of electricity. Concepts explored are conductors, insulators, circuits, electrical energy, static and current electricity.
Virginia: 4.3; 6.2; PS.6; PS.11
North Carolina: 4.P.3.1; 7.P.2.3; PSc.3.3.1; PSc.3.3.2

Future Forecasters
Grades 4–9
Students discover the science that allows people to predict the weather through hands-on experiments and data collection.
Virginia: 4.1; 4.6; 5.1; 6.1; 6.3; 6.6; PS.7; ES.1; ES.12; Computer-Technology: 3-5.6; 6-8.6; 6-8.8
North Carolina: 5.E.1.1; 5.E.1.2; 5.E.1.3; 7.E.1.3; 7.E.1.4; 7.E.1.5

Discovering Fossils
Grades 4–ES
In this program, students will touch fossils from different geological periods and learn how fossils are formed.
Virginia: 4.1; 4.5; 5.1; 5.7; LS.13; ES.9
North Carolina: 4.E.2.1; 4.E.2.2; 8.E.2.1; 8.E.2.2

Stream Study
Grades 4–BIO
Students become stream scientists in this activity as they learn how to test water quality and understand how water chemistry affects organisms that live in our rivers and streams.
Virginia: 4.1; 4.5; 4.9; 5.1; 6.1; 6.5; 6.7; 6.9; LS.1

What Grows There?
Grade 4 – BIO
Did you know you can plant invisible seeds? You do it all the time! This two-day class engages students who conduct and observe experiments with growing molds, bacteria and yeast from different sources: clean fingers, dirty fingers, floor, food and others. VMNH staff will get you started and come back 4 or 5 days later. Your class will make daily observations growing several kinds of the smallest living things. Note: special pricing for two programs.
Virginia: 4.1, 4.5, 5.1, 5.5, 6.1, BIO.1, BIO.4. Computer Technology: 6-8.6
North Carolina: 5.L.2 ES.8; BIO.1; BIO.2; BIO.8 Computer Technology: 6.L.2.3; 8.E.1.2; 8.E.1.3; 8.E.1.4

Ready, Set, React!
Grades 5, 6, Physical Science
How are physical changes different from chemical changes? What happens when an acid and a base combine? Explore the causes of chemical reactions in everyday life. Kid-tested and goggles are required!
Virginia: 5.4; 6.4; PS.2; PS.5;
North Carolina: 8.P.1.3; PSc.2.1.1; PSc.2.1.3

Classification 101
Grade 5, LS, BIO
Students will discover how scientists classify liv- ing things by making observations of various animal specimens and comparing and sorting objects based on similarities and differences.
Virginia: 5.1, 5.5, LS.4, BIO.6
North Carolina: BIO.3.5

Atomic Attraction
Grades 5–Physical Science
Atoms and elements, molecules and compounds, electrons and protons— this program will bring your students to the atomic level of chemistry. Prepare for some mixing, bubbling, and bonding as we create quite a reaction!
Virginia: 5.4; 6.4; PS.2; PS.3; PS.4
North Carolina: 6.P.2.1; 8.P.1.1; PSc.2.1.1

Shake, Rattle, and Roll
Grades 5–Earth Science
Learn all about earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, and seismology in this program. Students will create a working seismograph and see real data from different locations on the Earth.
Virginia: 5.7; ES.1; ES.7
North Carolina: 6.E.2.2; EEn.2.1.1; EEn.2.1.2; EEn.2.1.4

Power of Nature
Grades 6–9, ES
Explore severe weather conditions and natural disasters such as volcanoes, tornadoes, and hurricanes through a Jeopardy-style game.
Virginia: 6.3; 6.6; ES.12
North Carolina: 7.E.1.3; EEn.2.1.1; EEn.2.1.2; EEn.2.1.4

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