February 25, 2021
Since last Friday, museum educators have had a blast providing a variety of distance learning programs for students of each grade level from Rich Acres Elementary School in Henry County!
Today, 2nd and 3rd graders participated in the "Circle of Life" program, in which they investigated the relationships among organisms by looking at examples of producers, consumers, and decomposers to understand the transfer of energy that occurs among all living things and the fundamental processes it fuels.
Last Friday, 4th and 5th graders took part in the "Earth as We Know it" program. With models and demonstrations, students made connections between how the energy trapped inside the earth has moved continents and has shaped the earth's surface over time.
Earlier this week, students from Pre-K through 1st grade joined museum educators to investigate animal life cycles, characteristics, habitats, behaviors, and adaptations during the "It's Alive!" program. During the program, museum educators showed off specimens from the museum collections, as well as several of the museum's live animals!
Thanks to everyone at Rich Acres Elementary School for taking part in the museum's distance learning programming!
Distance learning programs bring students to the museum without ever having to leave their seats! Through the use of two-way video, classes join museum educators to explore Virginia's natural heritage and uncover its rich biological and geological history. Together, with the use of videoconferencing and interactive activities, we will spark imagination, enhance curricula, and support Virginia and national educational standards. Distance learning programs can be developed and adjusted to meet the needs of teachers and program providers, and education staff will help to establish your videoconferencing connection in advance.
Visit www.vmnh.net/education/distance-learning to learn more or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how we can connect with you!