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2011-2012 Third Grade Programs offered to all Meigs County Schools are FREE of charge. Programs range from 30-45 minutes and can be combined and modified. Contact Jenny Ridenour at the Meigs Soil and Water Conservation District at 992-4282 from 8a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to schedule a class presentation. Please schedule at least a week in advance. This is not a complete list of programs. I will also develop a program to meet any environmental education need. If you don’t see a program that you used before, it is still available. New!! Rocks Many kinds of rocks are brought into the classroom. Students will compare color and texture of a sample and do simple tests to put the rocks into groups. New!! Soil Formation Students will learn about a few ways that rocks and plants break down to form soil. Stations are set up and students fill out a work sheet about the stations. New!! Trees Students will learn about the parts of a tree and the resources we get from each apart. Students learn about trees as important habitats. We will discuss the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling paper and other products. Soil Play dough Students learn the difference between sand, silt, and clay. Then add decaying materials, water, and air to make soil play dough. My Cookie Comes from Soil Students trace the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies to soil to learn that without soil we would not have a lot of our food. Apple Earth uses an apple to demonstrate how little of the Earths soil is used to produce food and the importance of protecting our soil. Candy Soil Students become soil scientists and discover the components that make up soil. This program uses candy as the components of soil. Soil horizons and profiles can also be discussed. Worms Worms make the world go ‘round. Students will learn about worms and composting. Students discover that worms are interesting critters not only eating banana peels, apple cores and eggshells but improve our soil as well. A worm bin will be brought into the classroom. The Envrioscape Model It is used as an educational tool to demonstrate how everyday activities can result in non- point source water pollution. Non-point source pollution refers to pollution which does not come from a single identifiable source; however it includes runoff from lawns, streets, farms and other surfaces. With the model, students are able to see and discuss the cause/effect of daily activities within the watershed. Continued on back …… Kingdom of Pasta Students learn about classification by studying the Kingdom of Pasta. Students group pasta varieties by shape, color, and size. Then using a simple key, students will classify 5 pine tree samples. Ohio Wild Animals Students see and touch pelts from Ohio’s wildlife. Students learn about the life histories of many common Ohio mammals by examining their skulls, fur and tracks. This program discusses the adaptations of animals. Track molds can be requested for students to make their own Ohio animal track.
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