5th Grade Programs

Human Impacts

In the Human Impacts program (formerly called “Energy and Natural Resources”), students will take an in-depth look at how we impact our environment through our waste – how is it generated, what problems it creates, and most importantly what we can do to make a positive change for the future. NGSS Program.

Available options: In-Person, Synchronous, Asynchronous.

In-Person

Total time for each classroom: 90 minutes

Classroom Activities: Loathsome Litter; Landfills; What is Waste?; Where Does Waste Go?; Human Impacts: Intro and Conclusion

Synchronous

These live, interactive programs help students review how and what trash is generated in their own homes to explore the concepts of sustainability, conservation, etc.

Total time for each synchronous lesson: 30 minutes

Lesson Options: Loathsome Litter; Landfills; What is Waste?; Where Does Waste Go?

Asynchronous

These activity packets are designed for students to easily do at home with some adult supervision, using tools and items which can be found around the house to explore how we generate, use (and maybe even re-use) trash in their own homes.

Activity Options: Loathsome Litter; Landfills; What is Waste?; Where Does Waste Go?

Marine Ecology*

(In-Person Only) In the Marine Ecology program, students will learn about the dynamics of the ocean, its currents and tides, and how these create a healthy underwater environment. They will explore the adaptations of a variety of marine life from tide pool creatures to the largest marine mammals. EV Classic.

Total time for each classroom: 90 minutes

Classroom Activities: Explore the Ocean Floor; Oil Spill; Squid Dissection

*Standard Field Trip option: Fitzgerald Marine Reserve (subject to availability)
Fitzgerald Site Guide
Fitzgerald Map

Water Science and Conservation*

(In-Person Only) In the Water Science and Conservation program, students will learn how a drop of water cycles from air, to ground, to living things and back. They will learn ways to conserve the water they use and how California has done the same throughout its history. Our program details the water cycle, pollution, water chemistry, and wise ways to use water as well as the importance of water to all life. EV Classic.

Total time for each classroom: 90 minutes

Classroom Activities: Water Density; How Much Water Does it Take?; Water Skin; What is Water?

*Standard Field Trip option: Palo Alto Baylands
Water Science Site Guide
Palo Alto Baylands Map