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Have Fun this summer learning about nature & science!

 

Great Extra Credit Ideas for Science ! ! !

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Complete any of the following projects for extra credit in Science!!

CQC/Six traits applies to all work!

Do Something for the Environment!!
Act and be an advocate to help restore and protect our environment.

Let your actions show where your heart really is!

planet power link
 

Check out Green Energy!

Green Power link

Snohomish PUD

GO GREEN
Puget Sound Energy

Investigate Alternate Energy -> check our the local Green Power or Planet Power programs (the program name depends on your power suppler). Research the programs, see what it can do to help the environment, and then tell your parents about how buying green power would help our environment. Record the results and turn the report in to your instructor.

Get rid of toxic stuff !

Properly get rid of the hazarous waste in your house!

wastemobile schedule

Have your family clear out the hazardous waste in your house and take it to the wastemoble. Then just write up the date and an inventory of what you disposed of, get a parent signature and turn in to your instructor. (schedule link above)

Work to improve our Environment!!
Native Plant Salvage / Planting Opportunities
Habitat Restoration projects

Be a Plant salvage volunter or a Restoration Volunteer to help salvage and plant native plants and restore our local stream, rivers and other important habitats to make them healthy for salmon and other fish. Simply participate in one of the scheduled salvage or restoration events for 2+ hours, write what you did, the date, get a parent to sign your report and submit to your teacher. Photos are highly encouraged. (Click logos above for schedules and information!)

peregrinefalcon

Cool Field Trips, Habitat Restoration and More with Eastside Audubon

a. Go on a Field trip with the Audubon Society. They often have them at Juanita Bay Park in Kirkland.

b. or Take a beginner's Bird watching course from the Eastside Audubon and tell about it!

c. or Help Eastside volunteers build the birding trail in Marymoor Park and tell about your experience.

d. or Go bird watching on your own or with a parent.

During this trip identify as many birds as possible. While doing so, create a Data table One ______'s Bird Watching Journal and include the following catagories. Date, Time, Specific Location, Name of Bird, Scientific Name, and at least one significant fact about the bird. Hint the Eastside Audubon staff would love to help you!

mount rainier np link

Take a Hike!!!
issaquah alps hiking club link
Mt Rainer NP site

Issaquah Alps Trail Club

a. Load up your backpack and take a hike. Take photos of interesting things.
Take notes and along the way identify 10 objects, trees, rocks, plants, animals.

Create a trip diary with photos or figures and facts (Who, what, when, where, why, how facts) telling what you did and what you learned.

wa trails assn link/logo Washington Trails Association  

a. Work with Washington Trails Association to fix our trails and make new trails! Volunteer for a day and report what happened!

b. Read about Hiking Basics on their site and then go for a hike and report out to me about 10 neat things you saw on the trail. You might want to make a scrap book showing the cool plants and animals you saw.

olympic NP link

Go to a Beach, anywhere!

point reyes NP link

a. Take pictures or draw the area you visit. Identify 10 living creatures.
Create a Data Table - Beach Identification Information with catagories: date, time, name, location, and habitat. Complete for 10 living creatures.

b. or Construct a Scrapbook with the photos, date, name, location, and habitat of the creatures.

Woodland Park Zoo

a. Look at all the creatures. Choose one and write a brief life history. Ensure you tell, Name, Scientific Name, where live, description (what kind of mammal, fish etc) describe its niche, habitat, etc. These animal fact sheets could help.

http://www.zoo.org/educate/animalfacts1.htm

The Pacific Science Center

a. Draw and explain your favorite science demonstration or science oriented exhibit. Be sure to explain what happened, how it happened, what concept it shows and why it's your favorite.

b. or Go a planetarium show. Explain what happened and tell what you learned.

c. or Go to the IMAX and see a movie about nature or science. Tell us what happened in the movie and explain what part of the science presented that you liked the most.

The Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (or any other Hatchery)

a. Go to the Issaquah (or other ) hatchery during salmon mating season. (Sep through end of October)

Observe the behavior of the fish in the river and at the hatchery. Photos would be good.

Visit the stations explaining the life cycle of the salmon.

Then create a scrapbook of your trip explaining what you learned about the different kinds of salmon at the hatchery and thier life cycle.

Seattle Aquarium link

a. Observe a fish or marine mammal for 15 minutes, log its behavior every 30 seconds. Analyze the data you obtained. Then explain what the creature did for the majority of the time you were watching and why you think it was performing this behavior. Be specific. Include a photo if possible.

b. or Describe and draw your favorite exhibit and explain what it shows. For example, the type creatures, the type habitat it represents, the niche of the creatures, possibly a life history of one (See zoo for help on that) and why it was your favorite.

Museum of Flight

a. Describe / draw your favorite airplane or rocket. Tell its history and uses. Photos would help.

b. or do a Weekend Family Fun Workshop. Go to one pertaining to science. Write up what you did and learned. Photos would help. View their calendar at:

http://www.museumofflight.org/calendar

c. or Tour a science oriented exhibit. Explain what was in it. Take some photos. Tell all about it, include concepts etc.

The Burke Museum

a. Describe/ Draw / tell about the most interesting nature or science oriented exhibit there. Explain what it was all about and tell why it was your favorite. Photos would help, linking it to something you learned in science would help too.

 

Discovery Park Nature Programs

a. Go on a Discovery Park Nature tour. Take notes and photos of the interesting science and nature things that you learn.

Make a mini scrapbook with photos and words explaining what concepts and facts you learned about the environment on your trip.

 

point defiance zoo link

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

a. Observe a fish or marine mammal for 15 minutes, log its behavior every 30 seconds. Analyze the data you obtained. Then explain what the creature did for the majority of the time you were watching and why you think it was performing this behavior. Be specific. Include a photo if possible.

b. or Describe and draw your favorite exhibit and explain what it shows. For example, the type creatures, the type habitat it represents, the niche of the creatures, possibly a life history of one (See zoo for help on that) and why it was your favorite.

c. or Write a life history of one of the animals in the zoo. Ensure you tell, Name, Scientific Name, where live, description (what kind of mammal, fish etc) describe its niche, habitat, etc.

Star Party - resource Seattle Astronomical Society

Do with any local Astronomical Society/Club or Planentarium or Star Expert or parent etc.

a. Draw a constellation and tell what the major stars are.

b. or Observe and draw a planet, then tell 6 facts about it.

c. or Observe and draw the moon for seven days in a row and tell what happened to it over time.

d. or Go to an actual Star Party and tell what you did during the party and tell some facts about some heavenly objects that you observed.

Tour a Wastewater Treatment Facility or Drinking Water Filtration Facility

(West Point, Renton, or the City of Everett,)

a. Go on a Wastewater Plant tour (click image for King County tour info). The County offers tours of its Wastewater Treatment facility. Take notes and photos.

Write up the steps on how the water you flush down the toilet is treated before it is pumped into the fish or Puget Sound

b. Tour in Everett . The City offers tours of both the Drinking Water Filtration Plant and the Wastewater Treatment Plant. These tours are limited to students 6th grade and above. To schedule a tour, call 425-257-8800 or e-mail everettpw@ci.everett.wa.us.

Drinking Water Filtration Plant Tell where your drinking water comes from and how it is treated, and how it gets to you! Tell which is better, bottled water or water from your faucet!

Wastewater Plant tour (click image for King County tour info). The County offers tours of its Wastewater Treatment facility. Take notes and photos. Write up the steps on how the water you flush down the toilet is treated before it is pumped into the fish or Puget Sound

c. Go on the guided internet tour. Draw and write up a report showing and telling the important facts about the History of the King County plants, the wastewater treatment process, and where the wastewater and waste goes.... Click TOUR now.

 

Experiment! Do a safe experiment on your own at home.

You can see me for some assistance on this if you need it.

Follow our standard experiment set up format.

a. Create a question, identify the MV and RV, make a prediction, then a hypothesis.

b. Tell all materials - drawing a figure helps

c. Be sure to have control (natural condition) and experimental trials where you change one variable on purpose).

d. Begin the experiment. Record the data in a data table

e. Analyze the data, explain any sources of error

f. Create a Short Conclusion using the standard format for Short Conclusions

 

Activities to do in a backyard or a park.

a. Find and list 15 living things in yard, woods, natural area or park. .

Describe the Habitat you are observing.

Create a Data table. Use catagories: name of organism, where you found each, and explain what each one's niche is in that environment.

Images or figures could help

b. or do a Scavenger Hunt. Find as many of the following organisms in your yard, woods, or a park as you can.. Mount samples on construction paper with the name of each.

Douglas Fir cone, Cedar leaf, Alder leaf, Fern Leaf, Moss, Big Leaf Maple leaf, Vine Maple leaf, Oregon Grape leaf, Salal.

metric cookie extra credit

Cooking and metric conversions at home

a. Make either cake, cookies, or cupcakes ALL by yourself from a recipe (no instant cookies or cakes here!).

Then construct a Data Table One - Metric recipe for ______ with catagories, Name of Ingredient, Metric amount needed, Type of measurement (Mass, volume, temperature, length)

Submit the Data Table and a sample of your work for credit.

 

NASA's Great Observatories and Shuttle Kits

shuttle kit link

a. Build one of Three of Nasa's Great Observatories!

The Space Shuttle, the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, and the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory are three of NASA's great observatories. Simply download a kit, which consists of several reproducible pages of instructions and build it to specifications. Then tell me 5 facts about the observatory.

Each kit requires scissors, glue, tape, dowel rods and other supplies for construction.

 

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