Fifth and Sixth Grade

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Fifth and Sixth Grade Education

Animal Adaptations (year-round)

Discover how adaptations aid in animal survival with a scavenger hunt, adaptation activity, and a look at live animals.

Animal Homes (year-round)

Learn how animals' size and adaptations define their shelters. Hike to survey different animal homes.

Animal Tracks (year-round)

Study track identification basics and hike to search for and identify tracks of resident animals. Make plaster casts of animal prints to take home.
Class supply fee: $5 for 1-15 students, $10 for 16-30 students.

Apple Cidering (Sept-Oct)

Using an old-fashioned cider press, make apple cider and learn about the natural and cultural history of apples. Enjoy a fall hike, time allowing.
Class supply fee: $5 for 1-15 students, $10 for 16-30 students.

Bees and Honey (April-Sept)

Collect insects and learn about the bees' hive and life cycle. Finish the program with a sample of Wood Lake honey.
Class supply fee: $5 for 1-15 students, $10 for 16-30 students.

Birds Around Us (year-round)

Birds are amazing and beautiful creatures that alert us to changes in the environment. Discover the incredible secrets of bird behavior and migration.

Birds Around Us- Advanced (year-round)

Birds are amazing and beautiful creatures that alert us to changes in the environment. Discover the incredible secrets of bird behavior and migration and learn how to use binoculars and a field guide.

Cold-Blooded Critters (April-Oct)

Learn the attributes of animals with no fur or feathers, observe live specimens in their habitats, and participate in a "hands-on" visit with some live cold-blooded critters.

Compass Skills (year-round)

After learning how to use a compass, experience some of its real-life applications by playing an orienteering game and finding an animal using radio telemetry.

Cross-Country Skiing (Jan-Feb)

Learn the basics of cross-country skiing with an indoor demonstration followed by practice outdoors. Snow conditions permitting.
Additional ski rental cost: $1 per participant.

Flight (April-Oct)

Discuss and see examples of the four types of flight and go outside to experiment with boomerangs and water rockets.

Hot Air Balloons (year-round)

Discover the physics of hot air balloon flight, then construct and launch a model hot air balloon.
Class supply fee: $5 for 1-15 students, $10 for 16-30 students.

Insect Study (April-Sept)

Using sweep nets and magnifying "bug boxes", find and observe insects and other invertebrates in the prairie and forest.

Insect Study- Advanced (April-Sept)

Using sweep nets, magnifying "bug boxes", and a scavenger hunt sheet, perform a mini field experiment to find, observe, and sort insects and other invertebrates using a classification key.

Keeping Warm (Dec-Mar)

Learn about the importance of insulation for animals that live in cold climates. Make predictions about the effectiveness of various insulative materials and carry out an experiment to test the predictions.

Light and Energy (year-round)

Observe properties of light and energy through hands-on experimentation and test vocabulary knowledge with a game.

Maple Syruping (Feb-Mar)

Learn about the natural and cultural history of maple syruping. Identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and turn syrup into a maple sugar treat.

Marsh Explorers (May-Sept)

Discover the incredible variety of animals, insects, and plants that live in the marsh. Dip into the marsh with a collection cup to explore the hidden depths of this diverse wetland.

Marsh Explorers- Advanced (May-Sept)

Discover the incredible variety of animals, insects, and plants that live in the marsh. Dip into the marsh with a net and collection cup to explore this diverse wetland, then examine caught specimens with a video projection microscope.

Migration and Hibernation (Sept-Feb)

Identify the ways animals (including humans) adapt for winter. Hike to find signs of animal activity and play a migration game to learn about the importance of habitat for migrating animals.

Native American Life (year-round)

Experience what life may have been like for Native Americans. Cook stickbread over a fire, use bone tools, play battledoor, and learn about the plants and animals used for survival.
Class supply fee: $5 for 1-15 students, $10 for 16-30 students.

Natural Resource Management (May-Sept)

Learn about invasive plants and animals, then take part in restoring Wood Lake?s diversity by removing buckthorn and/or other invasive plants.

Nature Close-up (year-round)

Using magnifying glasses and microscopes, study wings, fur, plants, and other nature closer than ever before. On a hike, collect something special to observe under a microscope, then try to identify some common household objects close-up.

Predator/Prey (year-round)

Compare the adaptations of predators and prey by looking at skulls of herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores. Play a game to simulate predator/prey relationships and watch a video of predators in action.

Snowshoeing (Jan-Feb)

Experience the joy of walking on top of snow, conditions permitting.
Additional snowshoe rental cost: $1 per participant.

Soil, Rocks, and Minerals (April-Oct)

Learn the difference between igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks and compare their characteristics. Discover how they turn into a key component of soil and explore soil?s other ingredients.

Survival Shelters (year-round)

Learn about the basics of survival, then test survival skills by making a shelter out of natural materials.

Taxidermy for Beginners (year-round)

Learn about taxidermy and anatomy by removing and tanning a mouse pelt from a frozen domestic mouse used for animal feeding.
Additional supply cost: $1.50 per mouse.

Water Quality (May-Sept)

Test the quality of water at Wood Lake with testing kits and an up-close look at living water quality indicators.

Weather & Water Cycle (year-round)

Using infrared thermometers and anemometers, learn why we have weather and how to measure it, and see firsthand how the water cycle works.

Wild Edible Plants (May-Sept)

Discuss how to identify, collect, and prepare wild edible plants. Sample some of Wood Lake's wild edibles and prepare a simple wild edible recipe.
Class supply fee: $5 for 1-15 students, $10 for 16-30 students.

Worm Cookies (May-Sept)

For adventurous groups! Learn about the life history and significance of earthworms, then dig up worms to clean, cook, and mix with dough to make real worm cookies. (No kidding; they're delicious!).
Class supply fee: $5 for 1-15 students, $10 for 16-30 students.