# Classroom Lab Field Trip Programs

### Details

- Monday–Friday
- K-12th Grade
- $10 per child | 1:8 teacher/chaperone free
- $15 per additional chaperone
- Children’s Adventure Garden access included

We book sessions based on 25 students per class.

We may ask you to combine students for smaller class sizes.

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*Learning Topics on this Page: *Life Cycles | Earth Materials and Landforms | Properties of Matter: Water | Ecosystems | Structure and Function

## Life Cycles

### Pumpkin Circle

*Kinder–1st Grade*

After distinguishing between living and nonliving things, students explore the basic needs, parts and functions of pumpkin plants. Students discuss the life cycle of a pumpkin and plant their own seeds to take back to school for observation. Compliment this program with a walk through the Arboretum’s Pumpkin Village [9/23-10/31 only]. Note: If this class is booked outside of pumpkin season, we may replace the pumpkin with another squash.

**TEKS:**

K.1(A), K.2(C), K.2(E), K.3(B), K.4(A), K.4(B), K.9(A), K.9(B), K.10(B), K.10(D)

1.1(A), 1.2(C), 1.2(E), 1.3(B), 1.4(A), 1.9(A), 1.10(B)

2.1(A), 2.2(C), 2.2(E), 2.3(B), 2.4(A), 2.9(A), 2.10(B)

*NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Patterns; Cause & Effect; Structure & Function*

## Earth Materials and Landforms

### Earth Rocks!

*Kinder – 2nd Grade*

Introduce your students to the world of geology as they take a closer look at rocks. In this program, students observe a diverse sample of rocks and sort the rocks by size, shape, color and texture. Students also observe a variety of everyday products that are made from rocks and identify the properties of the rocks used to make each product.

**TEKS:***K.1(A), K.2(C), K.3(B), K.3(C), K.4(A), K.4(B), K.5(A),
K.7(A), K.7(C)
1.1(A), 1.2(B), 1.2(C), 1.2(D), 1.2(E), 1.3(C), 1.4(A), 1.4(B), 1.5(A), 1.7(A),
1.7(C)
2.1(A), 2.2(C), 2.2(D), 2.2(E), 2.2(F), 2.3(C), 2.4(A), 2.4(B), 2.5(A), 2.7(A),
2.7(C)*

*NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Patterns; Scale, Proportion, & Quantity*

### The Scoop on Soil

*Kinder – 2nd Grade*

Take a closer look at soil! Students work in groups to observe a soil sample from the Arboretum grounds and sort out the components that make up the soil. Groups then compare their observations with each other and discuss how scientists learn from samples. Students explore how water moves through different types of sediment and discuss the characteristics of soils that support plant growth.

**TEKS:***K.1(A), K.2(C), K.3(B), K.3(C), K.4(A), K.4(B), K.5(A, K.7(C) 1.1(A), 1.2(B), 1.2(C), 1.2(D), 1.2(E), 1.3(C), 1.4(A), 1.4(B), 1.5(A), 1.7(A), 1.7(C) **2.1(A), 2.2(C), 2.2(D), 2.2(E), 2.2(F), 2.3(C), 2.4(A), 2.4(B), 2.5(A)*

*NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Patterns; Cause and effect; Scale, Proportion, & Quantity*

### Restless Earth

*3rd-5th Grade*

Every place has a story. In this lab, students explore the slow processes that create geological change: weathering, erosion and deposition. 3^{rd} and 4^{th} grade students investigate how these processes lead to the formation of soils and use this information to explain why soils have different properties. 5^{th} grade students identify how these processes lead to the formation of landforms and use this information to explain why certain places look the way they do and predict how areas could change in the future.

**TEKS:**

3.1(A), 3.2(B), 3.2(D), 3.2(F), 3.3(A), 3.4(A), 3.7(A)

4.1(A), 4.2(B), 4.2(D), 4.3(A), 4.3(B), 4.4(A), 4.7(B)

5.1(A), 5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.3(A), 5.3(B), 5.4(A), 5.7(B)

*NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause & Effect; Scale, Proportion, & Quantity; Stability & Change*

## Ecosystems

### Disappearing Act

*3rd-6th Grade*

What happens when an organism in an ecosystem disappears? Students first investigate 3 organisms: white-tailed deer, post oak trees and grey wolves and then create a model of the Post Oak Savannah to actively simulate how the local extinction of wolves in this area affects all components of the ecosystem. Each student acts as either a wolf or a deer in this engaging, interactive lab.

**TEKS:**

3.1(A), 3.2(B), 3.2(C), 3.2(D), 3.2(E), 3.2(F), 3.3(B), 3.3(C), 3.4(A), 3.9(A), 3.9(B)

4.1(A), 4.2(B), 4.2(C), 4.2(D), 4.2(E), 4.2(F), 4.3(B), 4.3(C), 4.4(A), 4.9(B), 4.10(A)

5.1(A), 5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.2(E), 5.2(F), 5.2(G), 5.3(B), 5.3(C), 5.4(A), 5.9(A), 5.9(B), 5.9(C)

6.1(A), 6.2(C), 6.2(D), 6.2(E), 6.3(B), 6.3(C), 6.12(E), 6.12(F)

*NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Scale, Proportion, & Quantity; Cause & Effect; Systems & System Models; Stability & Change*

### Flight of the Honeybee

*Kinder-3rd Grade*

In this lab, students take on the roles of honeybees and flowers to act out the process of pollination and explore the interdependent relationship between these organisms. Students closely examine honeybee specimens and a flower model to better understand how flowers attract pollinators and honeybees gather nectar and pollen.

**TEKS:**

K.1(A), K.2(C), K.2(E), K.3(B), K.4(A), K.4B, K.10(B)

1.1(A), 1.2(C), 1.2(E), 1.4(A), 1.4(B), 1.9(B), 1.9(C), 1.10(A), 1.10(B)

2.1(A), 2.2(C), 2.2(E), 2.3(B), 2.4(A), 2.4(B), 2.9(C), 2.10(A), 2.10(B)

3.2(D), 3.2(F), 3.3(B), 3.9(B), 3.10(A)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:

Patterns; Cause and Effect; Scale, Proportion and Quantity; Systems and System
Models; Stability and Change

### Garden Design Challenge

*3rd-6th Grade*

What environmental factors and landscape design choices must our horticulture staff consider when designing our seasonal plantings? In this multi-disciplinary lab, students work with actual Arboretum plant lists and design notes to create a landscape in the garden. Follow up the class with a visit to the space students just designed!

* TEKS:* 3.1(B), 3.2(C), 3.2(D), 3.2(F), 3.3(B), 3.3(C), 3.4(A), 3.9(A), 3.10(A)

4.1(B), 4.2(C), 4.2(D), 4.2(F), 4.3(A), 4.3(C), 4.4(A), 4.10(A), 4.10(B)

5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.2(G), 5.3(A), 5.3(C), 5.4(A), 5.10(A), 5.10(B)

6.2(C), 6.3(B), 6.3(C), 6.4(A), 6.12(D), 6.12(F)

*NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Patterns; Cause and Effect; Scale, Proportion and Quantity; Systems and System Models; Stability and Change*

## Structure and Function

### Plant Detectives

*Kinder-2nd Grade*

Do all leaves look the same? What about stems and roots? In this lab students identify basic plant parts and investigate plant diversity by comparing and contrasting the unique structures of live plants. 1^{st} and 2^{nd} grade students explore how different structures allow plants to meet their needs.

**TEKS:***K.1(A), K.2(C), K.2(D), K.2(E), K.4(A), K.4(B),
K.9(B), K.10(A), K.10(B)
1.1(A), 1.2(C), 1.2(E), 1.4(A), 1.10(A), 1.10(B)
2.1(A), 2.2(C), 2.2(D), 2.2(E), 2.3(B), 2.4(A), 2.10(B)*

*NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Patterns; Structure & function*

### Edible Plant Parts

*Kinder – 2nd Grade*

In this delicious lab, students identify and compare the basic parts of plants and their functions. Students make observations of common edible plant parts and determine which edible plant part the class prefers to eats. Each student plants a sunflower seed to take home for further observation. A visit to the Incredible Edible Garden in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden before or after this class will help students investigate the life cycles of the plant parts we eat, too!

**TEKS:***K.1(A), K.1(B), K.2(A), K.2(C), K.2(E) K.4(A) K.4(B) K.5(A), K.10(A), K.10(B) **1.1(A), 1.1(B), 1.2(C), 1.2(E), 1.5(A), 1.10(B) **2.1(A), 2.1(B), 2.2(C), 2.2(E), 2.4(A), 2.5(A), 2.10(B)*

*NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Patterns; Structure & Function *

### It’s a Bug’s Life

2nd-5th Grade

The Arboretum is home to hundreds of plant and animal species, including many bugs! In this program, students identify ‘bug’ as an informal name given to terrestrial arthropods and observe live organisms to identify the traits that make insects different from other arthropods. Students look closely at various arthropod adaptations that support survival in different environments and investigate the unique life cycles of different organisms.

TEKS:

*2.1(A), 2.2(C), 2.2(D), 2.2(E), 2.2(F), 2.3(C), 2.4(A), 2.10(A), 2.10(C) 3.1(A), 3.1(B), 3.2(B), 3.2(D), 3.2(E), 3.2(F), 3.3(C), 3.4(A), 3.10(A), 3.10(B) 4.1(A), 4.2(B), 4.2(D), 4.2(E), 4.2F, 4.3(A), 4.3(C), 4.4(A), 4.10(A), 4.10(C) 5.1(A), 5.1(B), 5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.2(E), 5.2(F), 5.3(C), 5.4(A), 5.10(A) *

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:

Patterns; Structure & Function

## Field Trip Request

To make a reservation request, fill out the form below. If you prefer phone, you can contact the Reservations Department at 214.515.6540

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