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Curriculum

 

           

 Turtle Point Environmental Science Center Curriculum

  

 

All classes include a tour of the building, gardens, boardwalk, butterfly house and a close encounter of the animal kind.                                                                                   

 

Pre-K

Animal Tales & Scavenger Hunt

Who's hiding at Turtle Point? Students will listen to fun animal stories before exploring Turtle Point and meeting the animals.

Hug A Bug

What do creepy crawlies and flitting fliers have in common?  Students will identify body parts of insects and arachnids and will take home an art project about metamorphosis.

 

Kindergarten

Feelin' Crabby 

 Students will compare and contrast several species of crabs.  Instruction will focus on claws and their uses, exoskeletons, and shells.  An art activity includes creating a hermit crab and selecting the perfect shell for its home. K.4

 

Loafing in Logville

Students will do a field study of animal habitats.  Classifying, graphing, and data collection are involved. K.3

 

Collection Hike 

 An outdoor adventure around Turtle Point. Students will identify their treasures based on whether they are living or nonliving; if they have all they need to survive; and how they have altered their environment for survival. K.3, K.4, & K.7

Terrarium 

Students will learn about living and nonliving things as they construct a natural habitat to take home with them.  K.3 & K.5

1st  Grade

Common Critters

The basic characteristics of each animal group found at Turtle Point will be discussed. Students will understand the basic needs of these animals and how to group them based on body characteristics. 1.7

 

Know Bones About It

Get up close and personal with your skeleton! This class includes discussion of form and function of the human skeleton as well as an art project that reinforces the names and positions of bones in the human body. (life science/structure)

 

Making Tracks  WINTER ONLY

Come join us on a discovery of who creeps around Turtle Point.  Students will get to know some of the animals that share their backyard by investigating animal tracks and making plaster tracks. 

 

2nd  Grade

What's on the menu? 

What would you feed a grasshopper? Or how about an owl? Join us for an investigation in food chains that includes a take-home project and other activities. 2.6 & 2.7

 

Water You Doing?

Join us for a journey through the water cycle.  Students will become a droplet of water and will discover many paths that water can take on the journey.  2.10

 

Feelin' Crabby 

Students will compare and contrast several species of crabs.  Instruction will focus on claws and their uses, exoskeletons, and shells.  An art activity includes creating a hermit crab and selecting the perfect shell for its home. 2.7

 

Scales and Tails

Students will learn about animal adaptations while studying fish.  Your students will get to show their creativity by designing their own fish. 2.7            

 

Beach Bash 

Students will distinguish between different kinds of sand using grain size, color and particle mixture. Students will understand that sand grains started as mountain rock and changed due to weathering 2.8

 3rd  Grade          

Chatty Chirpers

Have you ever tried to eat with a beak? Discover the unique abilities of a bird's beak while learning the basics of bird anatomy.  This class involves fun activities including bird watching from our Bird Bus, eating like a bird, and bird identification. 3.7 & 3.8 

 

From Plow to Chow

Come garden with us and find out how food gets to your plate.  Students will learn about seed germination, gardening and other agricultural basics.  This class includes a fun project that students will take home. 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, & 3.8

 

Wood Do You Know About Trees

Learn to identify several native tree species while focusing on the basics of tree anatomy, classification, and identification.  3.5, 3.7, & 3.8 

 

Fur that Flies

Learn to love bats, a common but misunderstood animal of Alabama.  This class includes an art project and a game that will help students understand how bats use their senses on a daily basis. 3.5 & 3.7

 

Weather  

Students will make a class set of weather instruments to make weather observations and climate predictions. 3.13 & 3.14

 

4th  Grade

Hooray for Herps

 Students will compare and contrast reptiles and amphibians while discussing the concepts of metamorphosis, endothermic, and ectothermic.   Students will take home a project relating to reptiles of this region. 4.11

To the Moon and Back! 

Come join us for an astronomical adventure!! The lesson includes fun activities and a study of the moon.

 

Our Natural Natives

Discover historical uses of our natural resources while exploring the conservation practices of Native Americans.  

 

Get Your Bearings

Hunt for clues, answers and treasures using.  Students will learn to use a compass and map.  4.16

Fossil Focus 

Students will learn about Alabama's amazing fossils. The lesson includes fun activities where students will find their own fossil shark's tooth to take home.  4.12           

 

5th  Grade and Up  

Fierce, Feathered Flyers 

Birds of prey have amazing skills and senses.  Take a journey through the night and learn about the biology of raptors through the dissection of owl pellets.  5.11

 

Splish Splash (limited to one class of well-behaved students)

Students will work in groups to identify stream macroinvertebrates. Students will walk in the creek and will need a change of closed toe shoes. 5.11 & 5.15 

 

Fossil Focus 

Students will learn about Alabama's amazing geology and fossils with hands-on examples from our Geology garden and fossil collection. The lesson includes fun activities where students will find their own fossil shark's tooth to take home.  6.4

Weather Instruments 

Students will make a class set of weather instruments.6.12.a 

Get Your Bearings

Hunt for clues, answers and treasures using a handheld GPS unit.  Students will also learn to use a compass and map.  

 

Team Building

Challenge your students to activities designed to build leadership and cooperation skills.