5th Grade Programs
Letter from a Plastic Bag (Science 5.1 and 5.7) - Students will play a game pretending they are a plastic bag to see just what happens to this common form of litter. They will write a letter about their journey and discuss ways that they can help reduce litter on the Eastern Shore.
Always on the Move - Earth's Surface (Science 5.8) - Using an avocado students will learn the basic structure of the earth's interior and then we will use a model to demonstrate just how much soil is available for growing food. Points of discussion will include weathering, erosion, deposition, and human impact. Students will make an individual soil profile.
Weathering, Erosion, and Sediment Erosion Box Experiment (Science 5.8) - Students are divided into four groups and assigned an erosion scenario (bare soil, gulley/ditch, silt fence, and sod) and provided with a kit that corresponds to their scenario. Each group group will set up an erosion box and perform their experiment for the class. Students are given the opportunity to predict which scenario will have the most and which will have the least soil erosion. We will then discuss management practices that are used by farmers to help decrease soil erosion and ways students can help reduce it at home.
A Landfill is No Dump (Science 5.1 and 5.9) - Students will learn about the length of time it takes for different items to decompose and the importance of the Four R's - refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle - by playing a "Trashy Timeline" game. They will also create a mini-landfill that will be observed in 10 days, 20 days, and again at the teachers discretion. Worksheets and questions will be provided.
Breaking It Down! Weathering (Science 5.1a-f and 5.8) - Students learn about erosion and weathering and how plants can help to reduce erosion. Students will do an experiment using a skittle to learn about physical and chemical weathering.