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Classroom visits: PreK-5th grade

Invite the experts from The Morton Arboretum into your classroom for a fun learning experience.  Classroom visit programs are available from December 4, 2013 through March 28, 2014 during the school hours of 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Details concerning fees and other information is listed below- 

A Tree is Nice

PreK-1st grade 
Trees are important for both people and animals. Learn about the parts of a tree, differences between deciduous and coniferous trees, and how to identify common leaves. Learn about how people and other animals use trees. Using a story, songs, and games, we’ll take a look at why trees are important to our natural world.

Maxiumum: 30 students

Teacher resources:   
A Tree is Nice- Matching Game.pdf
Tree Is Nice Vocabulary List.pdf

Addresses the following NGSS Standards:

  • K-LS1-1:Survival Patterns of plants and animals

Addresses the following IL Learning Standards / Key Concepts:

  • 11A – Scientific Inquiry
  • 12A – Life Cycles
  • 12A/12B – Adaptations
  • 12B – Food Webs / Interactions

 

When it Starts to Snow

PreK-1st grade
How do animals survive the long, snowy winter? Where do they go and what do they eat when it starts to snow? Discover answers to these questions by observing pelts, shells, and skulls in your classroom. Learn about animal adaptations and seasonal changes with a book, games, songs, and other fun activities.

Maxiumum: 30 students

Teacher resources:   
WhenItSnowsVocabulary.pdf

Addresses the following NGSS Standards:

  • K-ESS3-1: Interdependence among plants, animals and their environment. 

Addresses the following IL Learning Standards / Key Concepts:

  • 11A – Scientific Inquiry
  • 12A – Life Cycles
  • 12A/12B – Adaptations
  • 12B – Food Webs / Interactions
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Plant Investigation

2nd-3rd grade
Be amazed that something as small as a seed can grow into a great big plant. Explore the parts of plants: seeds, stems, roots, and leaves to understand how they grow. Use microscopes for a hands-on and up-close view of this green world.

Maxiumum: 30 students

Teacher resources:
PlantInvestigationsVocabulary.pdf

Addresses the following NGSS Standards:

  • 2-LS2-1: Plants need sunlight and water to grow

Addresses the following IL Learning Standards / Key Concepts:

  • 11A – Scientific Inquiry
  • 12A – Life Cycles
  • 12A/12B – Adaptations
  • 12B – Food Webs / Interactions
  • 13B – Scientific Instruments
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Habitat Happenings

2nd-3rd grade
Bring the woodlands, wetlands, and prairie into your classroom. Use microscopes to study the characteristics and adaptations of animals from these three ecosystems. Explore skulls, pelts, and animal mounts to learn about local herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores.

Maxiumum: 30 students

Teacher resources:
HabitatHappeningsVocabulary.pdf

Addresses the following NGSS Standards:

  • 2-LS4-1: Plants and animals of different habitats

Addresses the following IL Learning Standards / Key Concepts:
11A – Scientific Inquiry
12A/12B – Adaptations
12B – Habitats
12B – Food Webs / Interactions
13B – Scientific Instruments

 

Hands-on Habitats

4th-5th grade
A habitat is a home for plants and animals. Find out what plants and animals make a home for themselves in Illinois’ woodlands, wetlands, and prairies. Learn about the adaptations that animals have developed to live in certain ecosystems. Explore skulls and pelts, and use microscopes to get a new view of our local herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores.

Maxiumum: 30 students

Teacher resources:
HandsOnHabitatVocabulary.pdf
 

Addresses the following NGSS Standards:

  • 5-LS2-1: Energy transferred throughout at food web

Addresses the following IL Learning Standards / Key Concepts:

  • 11A – Scientific Inquiry
  • 12A/12B – Adaptations
  • 12B – Habitats
  • 12B – Food Webs / Interactions
  • 13B – Scientific Instruments
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SCHEDULE AND LOCATION: 

Classroom visit programs are available from December 4, 2013 through March 28, 2014 during the school hours of 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

All programs are 1 hour in length.

Please note that we require 3 weeks notice to process registration requests.

FEES AND ADMISSION: 

Educators may choose up to 3 presentations of the SAME topic or choose 2 program topics per day.  

Each Program can accomodate a maxiumum of 30 students per program slot. For classes greater than 30, two programs will need to be arragnged. 

  • $15 non-refundable registration fee  
  • One program: $115 
  • Two programs: $199 
  • Three programs: $280 
  • Four programs: $360 

Schools that are more than 25 miles from the Arboretum are assessed an additional $50 mileage fee.  

 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: 

CALL: 630-719-2468
ONLINE: Fill out the class visits PreK-5th grade registration formREGISTER NOW