Field Experiences for Grades 4K-2
Grade 4K - Living vs. Non-living
At the E.B. Shurts Center or in your classroom, students will explore the concept of living vs. non-living. Students will get to listen to an interactive story, meet live animals, and complete a sorting activity to learn what it means to be a living creature.
NGSS Connection: C-EL-2. Use tools to gather information, compare observed objects, and seek answers to questions through active investigation.
Grade K - Community Helpers
At the E.B. Shurts Center students will participate in hands-on activities to learn about what it means to be a community helper. Activities will take place indoors and outdoors and will include meeting live animals, investigating a picnic scene, taking a nature walk, and creating a turtle craft.
NGSS Connection: K-ESS3-3. Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.
Grade 1 - Animal Adaptations
Students will visit the E.B. Shurts Center to explore animal adaptations. Activities will include visiting the live animal room, making observations in the habitat display room, studying animal tracks, and exploring a cave.
NGSS Connection: 1-LS1-1. Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.
Grade 2 - The Importance of Pollinators
Students will learn about the importance of pollinators while visiting the E.B. Shurts Center and the Fox River Sanctuary. Through indoor and outdoor activities, hands-on simulations, and craft projects, students will discover how pollinators support humans.
NGSS Connection: 2-LS2-2. Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.