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Education Kits and Curriculum Binders for Check Out                                                              

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The following are available for check out.  These kits can be checked out by 4-H Leaders or teachers from 4-H Member Schools.  Kits are available for pick up at one of two locations or by contacting Aliesje King (email

Sunnyside Environmental School

3421 SE Salmon

Portland, OR  97213

Alpenrose Dairy 4-H Clubhouse

6149 SW Shaddock Rd

Portland, OR  97221

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Education Kits

 

Plants Kit Grades Summary Time
Available
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Balloon Plants

(1 lesson or more)

2-8

Students work in teams to explore what plants need to grow. They fill balloons with potting soil, seeds, water and carbon dioxide and watch as the seeds sprout and grow inside the balloons over 1-2 weeks.  As part of the experiment each

student will change one variable in their seed balloon to see how it affects their seeds' growth in comparison to the class's balloon that acts as the control.

30-45 minutes

yes

 

K-6+

Students explore and identify small insects that often go unnoticed in leaf litter. Tiny beetle larvae and springtails can be found along with pill bugs, millipedes, centipedes, and more!

 
Due 10/22
3-6

This activity is designed to help youth understand that plants have basic needs for life, just like people and animals do. Students will learn about xylem and phloem  and how water flows through plants by watching food-coloring flow through celery. Students will then make their very own plant person to take home and watch grow!

60 minutes
Due 10/22
4-8
After a short introductory game explaining the role of fungi as decomposers, students will create their own mold terrariums (using common food items, water, and yeast). They will let these grow in a dark place for a week, and return to see the results!
40 minutes
Yes

Protection

from Cornell 4-H.
In-Touch Science: Plants and Engineering

3-5
These lessons introduce the idea of protection.  Protection is an important concept to plants.  Like people, plants use different materials, some soft and some hard, to protect against invitation of being eaten, from air that dries things out, or from fire. 
40 minutes each
Yes

Structure: Strong Stems and Broad Leaves from Cornell  4-H.

In-Touch Science: Plants and Engineering

3-5
These activities show that some plant shapes are stronger than others.  The shapes of plant parts are important; in some cases, the rigidity inherent in their shape keeps plants standing up.
45 minutes each
Yes

Erosion: Hold it Together with Turf

from Cornell 4-H.

In-Touch Science: Plants and Engineering

3-5
These activities introduce erosion, the wearing away of soil by wind, water or ice.  Erosion is an important concern with respect to our environment.
45 minutes each
Yes
Warming and Cooling from Cornell 4-H.
In-Touch Science: Plants and Engineering
3-5
 
Yes
4-8
Students learn how to identify native Oregon plants based on the habitat they are growing in.
45 minutes
Yes
1-8
Students will be introduced to the key services that a diverse garden provides to it inhabitants and will be able to explore their gardens in search of its inhabitants.
1 Hour
Due 10/22
 
Soil Science & Seed Starting
  Contains everything you need to help get your soil ready for adding the necessary ammendments and planting. This kit contains a weater watch station, soil testing kit, a potmaker, and more!  
Yes
3-8

Students will understand the water cycle, identify soil layers and the soil particles that make up soil texture, understand the type of environment living things need to survive and demonstrate different ways of propagating plants (seed, cuttings, etc.)

1 Hour
Yes

 

 

Insects Kit Grades Summary Time
Available
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1-5
Students make bug-catching devices out of coffee cups that act like mini vacuums. These bug catchers will help them in their exploration of insects.
30 minutes
Due 10/22
1-5
Students make picture frames with colorful, patterned fabric and card stock. They then color pictures of insects to blend in with the background fabric in the picture frame. These can be taken home to hang on the fridge as a reminder of camouflage!
30 minutes
Yes
Bee Buzzer
K-2 Students will have the opportunity to explore the world of sound through creating thier very own "Bee Buzzer" with everyday objects.  
Yes
1-8
Students identify plants, animals, and other organisms that damage garden plants.
45 minutes
Yes
Insect Life Cycle
  Youth use pasta to illustrate the adult, egg, larval, and pupal stages of an insect's life cycle.  
Yes
Clothespin Flies
   Students can create thier own winged insect to use for exploration, and play.
Yes

 

 

Wildlife Kit Grades Summary Time
Available
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3-8
Bird Olympics is a great outdoor activity with a primary focus to teach students about bird adaptations. Students compare their own physical attributes and skills with that of birds to understand the magnitude of modifications by adaptation within bird species.
30-60 minutes
Yes
4-8
In this activity, students pretend to be different species of birds with different varieties of beaks (spoons, chopsticks, or tweezers, etc) and compete over limited sources of food (glass marbles, pennies, or toothpicks, etc). Students experience natural selection firsthand and learn the value of bird adaptations.
30 minutes
Yes
K-5
Students make two kinds of bird feeders for attracting birds both at home and at school. Feeders give students a hands-on knowledge of ways humans can aid in the protection of birds, while feeding them and observing them at the same time.
30 minutes
Yes
  In this activity, students will play the role of Jays and Juncos, searching for seeds or hiding them from their competition!
30 minutes
Yes
Web of Life
  Students will explore the wonderous world of how species rely on eachother for life through this interactive learning activity game.  
Yes
How Many Bears Live in a Forest?
  Students will identify how some animals gather and store food, defend themselves, and find shelter.
40 minutes
Yes

Habitat Match

&

Whatta Web

  Students will have the opportunity to better understand the interconnection between habitats and species in thie active learning game.  
Yes

 

 

Rocketry Kit Grades Summary Time Available Checkout
Photo of Balloon Rockets kit materials.
Balloon Rockets
3-8
Concepts of stored energy and the transfer of energy are gone over in this fun and exciting lesson.
1 Hour
Yes

 

 

Forestry
Kit
Grades
Summary
Time
Available
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Forest Ecology Field Trip
  Give students the tools to explore on trips to local parks or forested areas, this kit includes tools and idntification guides to give students the opportunity to explore the wonders of the forest in greater detail.  
Yes
3-8
Students learn how to identify trees by their leaves, research an "adopted" tree using a field guide, and estimate the height of their tree using the "Pencil Method"
1 Hour
Yes

 

 

Water Kit Grades Summary Time
Available
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Water, Water Everywhere
  Students will gain a broader understanding of the various stages of water. This is an active learning kit.  
Yes
Water Quality
6-12

Students check water quality using a secchi disc and scope,

dissolved oxygen kit, pH kit, and other tools.

30 minutes
Yes

 

 

Light & Lighting Kit
Grades
Summary
Time
Available
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4-8
Explore how a solar balloon and radiometer work.
1 Hour
Yes
4-8
Some chemical reactions produce light.

20

Minutes

Yes
4-8
Glow objects are made of a special materials that can store radiant energy.

20

Minutes

Yes

 

Energy Kit Grades Summary Time
Available
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4-8
These activities will reinforce the need for renewable energy resources while looking at the pros and cons of different energy sources.
1 Hour
Yes
Solar Tractor
  Students can explore the world of Solar energy.  
Yes
Sailboat
   Students can create thier own small sailboat, and experiemnt with which styles "work" best through scientific inquiry.  
Yes

 

 

Funtivities Kit Grades Summary Time Available Checkout

Simple Electric Circuits, Insulators and Conductors

from Iowa State University Program for Women in Science and Engineering

 

Students demonstrate that a battery is a source of energy that can turn on a lightbulb. Students make a simple electric circuit to test objects to see if they are conductors or insulators.

filler

activities

Yes

Estimation Contest, Kalah, Tangrams, What's Your Wingspan?

from Iowa State University Program for Women in Science and Engineering

 

Estimation Contest: Students use estimation to solve everyday problems. Kalah: Students create their own problem solving game (also known as Mancala). Tangrams: Students explore spatial relationships using triangles, squares, and parallelograms. What's Your Wingspan": Students use math skills to compare wingspans.

filler

activities

Yes

 

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