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Junior Science Academy: Class Offerings

Fourth Grade Junior Science Academy Classes

Geology

• Observe and record physical characteristics of rocks.
• Test minerals to determine their properties.
• Identify minerals by their characteristics.
• Student directed investigations of research specimens.
Meets Science Standard III, Objective 1

 


Biology

• Observe adaptations in specimens of Utah's animals and plants.
• Use Museum specimens, microscopes and other resources for student-centered investigations.
• Meets Science Standard V, Objectives 1, 2, and 3

 


Anthropology 

  • Compare and contrast the Anasazi, Fremont and Paleo Indian cultures.
  • Examine, investigate and make inferences using ancient tools.
  • Use a mano and matate to grind corn into flour.
  • Construct a clay coil pot to take home.
  • Participate in a trading activity.

• Meets Social Studies Standard I, Objectives 1 and 2, and Standard II, Objective 1

 

Paleontology

• Observe and record physical characteristics of fossils.
• Recognize differences between different types of fossils.
• Use fossils to make inferences about Utah's past.
• Meets Science Standard IV, Objectives 1 and 2

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Fifth Grade Junior Science Academy Classes

Traits

• Use new world-class exhibits and specimens to make observations of visible traits in different animal and plant species.
• Learn how a variety of traits may help species survive in specific environments.
• Understand that traits are passed from generation to generation and are located in DNA.
• Extract DNA to take home.
• Meets Science Standard 5, Objectives 1 and 2

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