Webersen Family Grant: The Amazing Lives of Plants and Animals

  • School Year: 2022-2023
  • Applicants: Catherine Woods, Lead Applicant & Lisa Horan, Marta Weidl
  • School: Aiken
  • Subjects: Science

First grade teachers at Aiken Elementary School have discovered local science centers in Connecticut have created programs that directly correspond to the West Hartford Science curriculum and the National Science Standards that our curriculum is based upon. Students at Aiken will experience: The Life of Plants, presented by The Connecticut Science Center. This live multimedia interactive show includes real-time, explanation-based demonstrations. The Center provides handouts for students to follow along during the show or participate in live games. There is also a short, supportive digital package that includes Next Generation Science Standards’ (NGSS) connections and supplemental activities to help take the content further with students. Students will then turn their focus on animals with The Children's Museum of West Hartford 's program: Animal Adaptations & Habitats. Students will be introduced to the Wildlife Sanctuary animals in their classrooms and determine the unique ways they have adapted to meet their specific environmental needs. They will compare similarities and differences between mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects.These programs offer a variety of science instruction to our students that will create excitement and enhance their learning experience.

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