FIFTH GRADE CLASSROOM PROGRAMS
The Asombro Institute can bring a bit of hands-on science and the desert to your classroom. All programs provide an opportunity for students to learn about science through hands-on activities. Each program is aligned with the New Mexico STEM Ready! science standards (including the Next Generation Science Standards) and Common Core mathematics and English Language Art standards, where appropriate. Please call the Asombro Institute office (575-524-3334) to schedule your classroom presentations.
- Where: In your classroom
- Cost: $60 for first presentation; $30 for additional, same-day presentations (additional travel charges may apply for schools outside Las Cruces, NM – $25 + 45 cents per mile)
- Maximum Group Size: 1 class per presentation (exceptions on an individual basis)
- Length: Approximately one hour per presentation (some lessons are multi-day)
Asombro provides programming in all four science disciplines in the NGSS curriculum: life science; physical science; earth & space science; and engineering, technology, & applications of science. Please scroll down to see our specific program offerings. A brief description of the program and applicable science standards are listed for each lesson. Click the science standard to read more on the Next Generation Science Standards website.
Science Interns: Chihuahuan Desert Food Web and Species Conservation
This four-lesson module helps students learn about (1) the movement of matter through a Chihuahuan Desert food web and (2) the conservation of the gray vireo, one of the species in the food web. They also prepare to teach three mini-stations to younger students at their school.
Lesson 1 – Students learn about a food web in the Chihuahuan Desert through a book, One Day in the Desert, and several activities.
Lesson 2 – Students focus on the important role that plants and decomposers play in a food web.
Lesson 3 – Students focus on the gray vireo, a species of greatest conservation need (SGCN) in New Mexico. They will learn about bird transect surveys, assemble a conservation plan, and then compare their conservation plan with the one developed by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.
Lesson 4 – Students are assigned their teaching station and practice teaching about Chihuahuan Desert food webs to younger students.
SCIENCE STANDARDS ADDRESSED
Science Interns: Matter
This four-lesson module helps students learn (1) that regardless of the type of change that occurs when heating, cooling, or mixing substances, the total weight of matter is conserved, and (2) to identify materials based on their properties, and (3) that the particles that make up matter are too small to be seen. They also prepare to teach three mini-stations to younger students at their school.
Lesson 1 – Students observe chemical reactions to discover the properties of mystery powders.
Lesson 2 – Students learn that the total weight of matter is conserved through several experiments.
Lesson 3 – Students learn that the particles that make up matter are too small to be seen and make a marshmallow model of a sucrose molecule.
Lesson 4 – Students are assigned their teaching station and practice teaching about matter to younger students.
SCIENCE STANDARDS ADDRESSED