Fieldtrip Categories - 4th - 6th Science Hands On Lab Field Trips

Electricity
Focus on 4th grade California Next Generation Science Standards 4-PS3 Energy Performance expectation 4-PS3-2. Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by electrical currents. Electrical currents can be used to produce sound, light, motion, or heat. Six lab stations provide activities to construct and observe electric circuits, distinguish between conductors and insulators, investigate static electricity, and build an electric motor and an electromagnet.
Matter
Focus on 5th grade California Next Generation Science Standards 5-PS1 Matter and Its Interactions. A combination of performance expectation are addressed in this lab. In the six stations, explore how matter is anything that takes up space and has mass; begin to develop models to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen; make observations based on physical properties of materials; experience separating mixtures with chromatography; and observe effects of energy on changing states.
Photosynthesis
Focus on 5th grade California Next Generation Science Standards 5-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes. The performance expectation for this category is: Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water. Six stations present investigations on mechanisms plants use to obtain raw materials to make their fuel for energy to stay alive. Using microscopes, view small holes, stomata, that allow air to enter the leaf. See the tiny tubes that transfer water from the roots to the leaves and develop a model for how water moves through these tubes. Study leaves and use mathematics to appreciate the enormous surface area of leaves. Extract chlorophyll from spinach and find out why plants are green and how energy is captured from the sun to make sugar
Water
Focus on 5th and 6th grade California Next Generation Science Standards 5-ESS2 and MS-ESS2 Earth's Systems. The 5th grade performance expectation for this category is related to amount and distribution of water on Earth. The related 6th grade performance expectation is: develop a model to describe the cycling of water through the Earth's systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity. The six stations of the Water Lab will help your class discover the exciting properties of water. It can exist in all three states; how these states are related to the water cycle; and how water transfers energy from the sun to impact ocean and atmospheric currents.
Our Changing Earth
Focus on 4th and 6th grade California Next Generation Science Standards 4-ESS1-1 and MS-ESS2-1 Earth's Systems. The 4th grade performance expectation for this category is to identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in landscape over time. Investigate the impact of forces such as volcanic activity and earthquakes. The 6th grade performance expectations that this lab will begin to address are: develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth's materials; construct an explanation for how geoscience processes have changed Earth's surface; and analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rock, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of past plate motions. This lab is a combination of the former Plate Tectonics and Rocks and Minerals labs