Each SoundKids program takes place over 7 weeks and includes 6 one-hour weekly sessions in the classroom and 1 two-hour field study to SoundWaters Coastal Education Center.
Example of a Classroom session
Hands-on Learning Stations – Science, Art, Animals, Math
Animal: Live Horseshoe Crab
- Students will examine the external anatomy of a horseshoe crab, identify parts and compare to the human body and compare form and function of the animal’s characteristics.
Art: Create your very own Horseshoe Crab
- Students will conduct up close and hands-on observations of horseshoe crabs to identify what features horseshoe crabs have, so that students can make their own to take home and share with their families what they have learned.
Science: Sinking & Floating
- Students will perform a buoyancy experiment to determine what “sink” and “float” mean. This experiment provides students the opportunity to hypothesize, conduct multiple trials and learn about mass and water displacement.
Conclusion & Wrap-up
- SoundWaters Educators will review horseshoe crab anatomy, water types and end the day with a group reading of a book related to the day’s activities.
Example Field Study Experience to the SoundWaters Coastal Education Center
This culminating event will bring the learning to life again. Science concepts learned in your classroom will be at the fingertips of your students in the natural setting at the SoundWaters Coastal Education Center. Topics covered include: Long Island Sound Watershed, coastal habitats, local geography and animal adaptations.
Students will create a Long Island Sound mural of the different creatures and habitats the students have learned about to be hung up in the classroom, allowing teachers to reference the experience throughout the year.
Habitat Exploration and animal adaptations study. Students will explore and compare the natural habitats in their local environment to the SoundWaters aquarium filled with thousands of gallons of water and creatures big and small.
Explore the coastal habitats: sandy beach, salt marsh and use their senses to hear, smell, touch, compare coastal living and non-living things. Students will tally what animals live in the different habitats.