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School Programs
                           
Since September 2001 over 130,000 Porter County students have participated in the free in-class programs offered by the Porter County Soil & Water Conservation District. The following programs will be offered this year, and if you are interested in scheduling please call the office at 462-7515 ext. 3 or e-mail me at .

** Special notice: For fall 2016 a 30 minute option is available for the leaf, seeds and plant programs. After much deliberation and concern for all that teachers nudge into the school day I decided to try and do my part to help. When requesting a program please indicate your preference of 30 or 45 minutes.

Thanks,
Michelle Benson

Lots of Leaves (Fall Program)
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"Little leaves, big leaves, they're everywhere! Leaves with teeth and leaves with hair. . ."

Kindergarten students will use their senses to learn more about leaves in the school yard on an outdoor hike. A rhyming poem is included in this program. If the weather is inclement a comparable indoor program will be presented. Please set aside about 30- 40 minutes for this program.

Indiana Academic Standards Addressed: Grade Kindergarten Science: K.7.1, K.7.2, K.7.3
                                 English/Language Arts: K.7.1, K.7.2, K.7.3
                                 Social Studies: K.3.5

"S" Is For Seeds (Fall Program)
Squirrel
The end of summer provides the perfect opportunity to find seeds that stick and sail and settle in new places as snacks for squirrels. This outdoor walk, focusing on seed dispersal, can be completed in approximately  30- 45 minutes. No need to book a bus as we explore your school grounds! In the event of inclement weather, a comparable program will be conducted indoors. Best suited for grade 1.

Indiana Academic Standards Addressed: Grade 1 Science:1.3.3,1.3.5
                 English/Language Arts: 1.7.1,1.7.2,1.7.3,1.7.4,1.7.5,1.7.9
                 Social Studies: 1.3.4,1.3.6

Parts of Plants—The Structure of Survival (Fall Program)
Dandelion
This program is for students in grades 2-3 who need to learn more about the parts of the plant. Have you ever wondered why some plants are so successful? It all adds up to the root, stem, flower, leaves and seeds of the plant. This program will be conducted outdoors on a nice day and indoors on a rainy one in about 30- 45 minutes.

Indiana Academic Standards Addressed: Grade 2 Science: 2.3.1,2.3.2
           English/Language Arts: 2.7.2,2.7.4,2.7.12,2.7.13
                                                                    
                                                             Grade 3: Science: 3.3.1
          English/Language Arts: 3.7.2,3.7.3,3.7.15


                                                                      

Gather And Grow (Fall Program)
Indian Corn
What did the people who lived in Porter County 1,000 or 100 years ago feed their families? Students will participate in a simulated archaeological dig to uncover, identify and graph seeds gathered and grown in Porter County throughout history. This in-class program can be completed in about 35-45 minutes and is targeted for grade 4.

Indiana Academic Standards Addressed: Grade 4 Science: 4.3.4
               Social Studies: 4.1.15,4.4.1,4.4.3
               English/ Language Arts: 4.7.1,4.7.15

Sweet On Soil (Winter / Spring Program)
Seedling
Students in grades K-1 dig into kitchen ingredients, such as, cocoa, flour and cinnamon to learn more about sand, clay and humus. This 45 minute program emphasizes the importance of soil as a natural resource and targets the five senses.

Indiana Academic Standards Addressed: Grade Kindergarten Science: K.1.1
           English/Language Arts: K.7.1,K.7.2,K.7.3

           Grade 1 Science: 1.2.1,1.2.3
           English/Language Arts: 1.7.1,1.7.2,1.7.3,1.7.4,1.7.5,1.7.9
           Social Studies: 1.3.9

Porter County Rocks (Winter / Spring Program)
Rocks
Students in grades 3-4 investigate the unique properties of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks found in Porter County backyards and businesses. Using clues found in rockin’ rhymes the students are able to identify them by name.

Indiana Academic Standards Addressed: Grade 3 Science: 3.2.1,3.2.2,3.2.3
       English Language Arts: 3.7.2,3.7.3,3.7.15

Grade 4 Science: 4.2.1
       English/Language Arts:4.7.1,4.7.15

               

Fun With Fossils (Winter / Spring Program)
Fossil
Wind and water erosion experiments help students understand how natural forces help to form and reveal fossils. A hands on fossil discovery is included in this 45 minute program for grades 4-5.

Indiana Academic Standards Addressed: Grade 3 Science: 3.2.4
     English/Language Arts: 3.7.2,3.7.3,3.7.15
 

Grade 4 Science: 4.2.1,4.2.2
     English/Language Arts: 4.7.1, 4.7.15