K-12 PROGRAMS

Sustainability

Special thanks to UA Green Fund, in collaboration with UA students, Biosphere 2, and Tucson teachers, for its role in creating these lessons.

Grades K-5 - ABC’s of Living Green -  Composting and Vermiculture (earthworms) 

Topics:

  • Actions to help the Earth
  • Composting
  • Vermiculture – earthworms and gardening

Objectives:

  • Discuss and model “Earth friendly” actions
  • Make a system for composting
  • Describe role of earthworms in soil

This instruction meets Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI): Earth and Space Sciences (ESS), Physical Sciences (PS), and Life Sciences (LS). 

  • Kindergarten – LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes ESS2-2 Earth’s Systems, ESS3-1 and 3 Earth and Human Activity
  • First Grade-LS1-1  From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
  • Second Grade - LS2- 2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics
  • Third Grade -LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes, LS2-1 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics,  LS4- 4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity, ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity
  • Fourth Grade – PS3-4 Energy, ESS3-1 and 2 Earth and Human Activity
  • Fifth Grade – LS2-1 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics, ESS2-1 and 6 Earth’s Systems

Grades 6-8- Plastic Palooza

Topics: 

  • Oceanography
  • Issues with macro, meso and microplastics 

Objectives: 

  • Describe how and why plastics affect oceans
  • What can we do? 

This instruction meets Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI): Earth and Space Sciences (ESS), Physical Sciences (PS), and Life Sciences (LS).

  • Middle School- LS1-4 and 5 Molecules to Organisms: Structure and Processes,  LS2-1, 4 and 5 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics,  ESS2- 6 Earth’s Systems ESS3-3 and 4 Earth and Human Activity 

See the Next Generation Science Standards.

Grades 9-12- Eco Stations 

Topics:

  • Eco House – Rainwater Harvesting
  • Controlled Environment Agriculture – Aquaponics, hydroponics

Objectives:

  • Demonstrate models of systems for sustainability
  • Collect and analyze data from models
  • Experiment with and discuss outcomes for variations on these systems

This instruction meets Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI): Earth and Space Sciences (ESS), Physical Sciences (PS), and Life Sciences (LS).

  • High School – LS1-5 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes, LS2- 27 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics; LS4-6 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity, ESS3-1 through 4 Earth and Human Activity

See the Next Generation Science Standards.

 


The program is limited to 72 students on the day of the visit. Group must be able to spend 3.5 hours on-site (time includes tour, activity, and time for lunch on-site).

*Cost:

Pricing for this EDUCATOR LED tour and program:

  • K-12: $15 per student or chaperone (Discount Season July-December). Adult/chaperone ratio maximum 6:1, minimum 10:1. $300 flat fee for groups of 19 or fewer.

  • K-12: $17 per student or chaperone (Regular Season January-June). Adult/chaperone ratio maximum 6:1, minimum 10:1. $340 flat fee for groups of 19 or fewer.

  • Any additional adults or family members above the maximum allowed chaperones must pay the separate applicable admission fee and be assigned to a regularly scheduled public tour. Please note – upon arrival, we ask for ONE payment for the entire group.

(*Rates effective August 15th, 2016)

To schedule a field trip for your class, or for questions about booking, please contact us at 520-838-6192 or via email at BIO2-GROUP@email.arizona.edu

For questions about the lesson content, please contact: faulkel@email.arizona.edu.

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