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Second Grade Programs

Alaskan Animals
Hands-on activities, animal displays, and a hike through the woods immerse children in the world of Alaskan animals. Click here to learn more.

Nature’s Plants, Trees, and Seeds
Explore the world of plants from seeds to trees and everything in-between! Click here to learn more.

Salmon Stories
What makes a fish a fish? Explore fish characteristics as well as those unique to salmon. Click here to learn more.

Super Soils
Treat your students to a day in the dirt! Investigate soil science through experiments, hands-on activities, and creative exercises. Click here to learn more.

Custom-Designed Programs
Don't see what you want here? We can custom design a program specifically for you! Click here to find out more.
 

 


Alaskan Animals
Fur and feathers and fat, oh my! Hands-on activities, animal displays, and a hike through the woods immerse children in the world of Alaskan animals. Students investigate animal characteristics and solve an animal tracking mystery while learning about special features that enable animals to survive in Alaska.

 


Nature’s Plants, Trees, and Seeds
Explore the world of plants from seeds to trees and everything in-between! Go on a seed discovery hike, conduct seed dispersal demonstrations, and learn about basic plant parts and plant needs. Also learn the basics of plant, twig, and tree identification.


Program Goals
Students will:

  • Be able to list the needs of all plants.
  • Be able to tell the story of a tree's life by examining its growth rings.
  • Observe different parts and structures of plants and be able to explain their purpose.
  • Be able to identify at least four species of plants on Campbell Tract.
  • Feel comfortable and excited about being outside.

Possible Activities

  • Build a tree to learn more about the parts of a tree.
  • Investigate different kinds of seeds under a microscope.
  • Go on a plant identification hike.
  • Play a game to learn about the different things plants need to live.
  • Plant a plant to take home.
  • Make a tree cookie (paper plate art project) to understand the lifespan of a tree.

STEM Skills
Students will:

  • Count and identify different seeds.
  • Use a plant identification key.

Standards Addressed
NGSS--LS2A, LS4.D
AK--SC2.2
Common Core Math--2.OA.2, 2.MD.1


Salmon Stories
What makes a fish a fish? Explore fish characteristics as well as those unique to salmon. Children follow the life cycle of a salmon from egg to spawning adult. They recreate the salmon’s journey from fresh water to the sea and back again. Active games and puzzles engage students as they learn about the changes in form and habitat that take place over the fascinating life of a salmon. Program is best in spring, summer, or fall.

Program Goals
Students will:

  • Be able to describe the life cycle of a salmon.
  • Understand the concept of habitat.
  • Understand why it is important to keep our waterways clean.
  • Feel comfortable and excited about being outside.

Possible Activities

  • Creek study of aquatic insects and salmon habitat on Campbell Creek.
  • Creek exploratory hike.
  • Salmon prints art activity.
  • Salmon life cycle game Hooks and Ladders.

STEM Skills
Students will:

  • Observe the salmon life cycle in the creek.
  • Identify different types of salmon.

Standards Addressed
NGSS--LS4.D
AK--C2
Common Core--2.MD


Super Soils

Treat your students to a day in the dirt! Investigate soil science through experiments, hands-on activities, and creative exercises. Learn about soil properties and its components. Find out how organic and inorganic materials contribute to different soils, how much water different soils can hold, and the effects of plants on erosion and soil composition. Program is best in spring, summer, or fall.

Program Goals
Students will:

  • Learn the different components of soil.
  • Learn about decomposition.
  • Have the opportunity to explore the process of erosion and how the existence and the nonexistence of plants affects the soil.
  • Learn that scientists classify soil.
  • Feel comfortable and excited about being outside.

Possible Activities

  • Make a "soil stew" to learn about the ingredients of soil.
  • Look at different soil particle sizes through microscopes.
  • Go on a hike and look at soil and erosion on Campbell Tract.
  • Use a soil corer to extract and then look at soil layers.

STEM Skills
Students will:

  • Use scientific instruments, such as microscopes, meter sticks, trowels, petri dishes, hand lenses, and soil core samplers.

Standards Addressed
NGSS--ESS2.A, ESS1.C
AK--[3] SD2.1, [3] SA1.1, [4] SD2.1
Common Core--2.MD


Custom-Designed Programs
Don't see what you want here? We can custom design a program specifically for you! Click here to find out more.


Program Goals
Students will:

  • Be able to list the needs of all plants.
  • Be able to tell the story of a tree's life by examining its growth rings.
  • Observe different parts and structures of plants and be able to explain their purpose.
  • Be able to identify at least four species of plants on Campbell Tract.
  • Feel comfortable and excited about being outside.

Possible Activities

  • Animal tracking hike.
  • Hands-on animal exploration with furs, skulls, and other examples of real animal evidence.
  • Dress a student like an Alaskan animal to learn about the animal's adaptations.

STEM Skills
Students will:

  • Use scientific tools such as hand lenses.
  • Use observational skills.

Science and Math Standards Addressed
NGSS--2-LS4-1
AK--[3]SA3.1, [3]SA1.1, [3]SC2.2, [3]SC1.1
Common Core--1.MD