Fourth Grade Programs

Fourth Grade Programs

The Lilly Center’s K-12 programs aspire to a high goal: develop water literacy in the children who will eventually lead our community. Students who engage with one or several of our programs leave with a deeper understanding of and appreciation for local water resources, as well as practical ways to care for them on their own.

Outdoor Field Trip Programs

Join us in September! Lake Adventure Day is offered each fall at various locations around the county. Students rotate through a series of hands-on stations to learn about water use, watersheds, fishing and more. Space is limited and fills up quickly, so make your reservations early.

Essential Questions: What is the water cycle and what are the parts of it?

Description: Lake Adventure Day is a day designed for 4th graders to learn about water use, pollution, and erosion among other lessons. Students will even have the chance to learn how to fish and possibly catch a fish. Classes will be split into three stations that are roughly 35 minutes long. Students will cycle through each station learning about new environmental topics as well as the popular  fishing station. This event will allow students to engage in environmental lessons while also being outside away from the traditional classroom.

Standards: VARIOUS

Indoor Field Trip Programs

Our most popular learning experience! Students rotate through all of the following stations during their 2-hour visit to the Lilly Center. They will interact with live animals, the Virtual Aquarium and the Augmented Reality Sand Tables while learning about local water quality impacts.  

Essential Question: What is the water cycle? How does the water cycle move water? What are the different parts of the water cycle?

Description: When students think of the water cycle, they might entertain the misconception that a circle of water flows from a stream to an ocean, evaporates into clouds, rains down on a mountaintop, and flows back into a stream. The movement of water is much more dynamic than that. It is truly a cycle: water is ever-moving, with no beginning or end. By role-playing a water molecule, students learn to conceptualize the water cycle in a way that approximates how water actually travels.

Standards: SEPS.2 Creating models that cause curiosity, predictions, noticing problems, and reveal the answer; diagrams, drawings, analogies, etc.; using tools to take in the data to determine solution.

Essential Question: What is the water cycle and how does it work?

Description: Students will begin by learning what the water cycle is and the 3 main parts (precipitation, condensation, and evaporation). They will continue their learning through the book Wet All Over by Patricia Relf. Once they have a complete understanding of what the water cycle is then they will create their own water cycle process so they can have a visual representation. The experiment will allow them to see precipitation, evaporation, and condensation.

Standards: SEPS.2 Creating models that cause curiosity, predictions, noticing problems, and reveal the answer; diagrams, drawings, analogies, etc.; using tools to take in the data to determine solution. SEPS.1 Asking questions regarding how the natural world works, questions that can be scientifically tested; asking questions about the problems of the designed world and finding solutions.

Essential Question: How do watersheds work and how do they benefit the environment?

Description: Students will begin the lesson talking about a watershed. They will learn what watersheds are and why they are important. Students will get a watershed journal that will reinforce what they learned about watersheds. Students will take turns at the Sandtable creating a landscape and making it rain to see what a watershed looks like. They will move the sand to create their unique landscape and then make it rain to see where the water goes in that specific watershed.

Standards:  SEPS.6 Using their understanding and research, construct solutions to previously discussed problems

Virtual Visit Programs

Let us bring a field trip to you! These 45-minute virtual programs feature STEM-friendly and standards-aligned learning. After you book your visit, a meeting link and a kit of materials will be delivered to your classroom. All you have to do is join via Zoom and follow along with your students!

Essential Questions: What is the water cycle? What is a watershed? What are pollutants and how do they move in a watershed?

Description: To begin the lesson, students will gain an understanding of what a watershed is and how the water cycle affects the watershed. Then students will watch a short educational video on watersheds and will then see what watershed they live in. For the activity, students will create their own simulated watershed that illustrates how pollutants move throughout a watershed. This graphic representation reinforces why it’s important to reduce the amount of pollution in waterways.

Standards: 4.ESS.4 Develop solutions that could be implemented to reduce the impact of humans on the natural environment and the natural environment on humans. SEPS.2, SEPS.8

Ready to book a field trip?

Reach out to Sarah, our education program specialist: