Discover Earth School and Group Visits

Discover Earth exhibit - picture of zebras, beach, lightening, sunset

Schools and groups are invited to contact us to schedule tours!

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If you have a school group, club or organization that would like to take advantage of this unique opportunity, please contact Joy McIntire at 540-899-1703 to schedule a visit.  

We're partnering with the University of Mary Washington's Education Department to provide scavenger hunts, SOL links and virtual field trips to ensure your students obtain the maximum benefit from the exhibit.  

You can also find wonderful articles featuring books and websites created by library staff here.  

 

Discover Earth Teacher Resources:

Air Around Us

Weather conditions, Hurricanes, Temperature (global), Water (as vapor in atmosphere): Lesson plan (1st & 4th grade)
 

Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth – Earth’s crust, plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanoes: Lesson plan (5th grade)

Investigating Layers of the Earth: Science Enhanced Scope Sequence (5th grade), SOL 5.7

The Ocean Floor: Science Enhanced Scope Sequence (5th grade - SOL 5.6), Lesson Plan, Worksheet, PowerPoint presentation

Plate Tectonics: Science Enhanced Scope Sequence (5th grade), SOL 5.7


Environmental Change

Environmental Change: Overview, includes SMART Board links (K-5th grade)

Naturally Occurring Energy Sources: Science Enhanced Scope and Sequence (3rd grade), SOL 3.11

We Need Plants: Science Enhanced Scope and Sequence (2nd grade), SOL 2.8

Measuring Changes: Science Enhanced Scope and Sequence (Kindergarten), SOL K.10
 

Living Planet

Lesson plan overview

Brainpop videos (SOL 1.5, 2.4, 2.5, 4.5)

Classifying Animals: Science Enhanced Scope Sequence (1st grade), SOL 1.5

Habitat Changes over Time: Science Enhanced Scope Sequence (2nd grade), SOL 2.5

Who's Eating Who?: Science Enhanced Scope Sequence (3rd grade), SOL 3.5

What's Eating You?: Science Enhanced Scope Sequence, includes BINGO game (3rd grade), SOL 3.5a

Wet and Dry: Science Enhanced Scope Sequence (3rd grade), SOL 3.6

Who Killed SAV?: Science Enhanced Scope Sequence (3rd grade), SOL 3.10

The Best Beak for the Job: Science Enhanced Scope Sequence (4th grade), SOL 4.5

Influences of Human Activity: Science Enhanced Scope Sequence (4th grade), SOL 4.5

Vertebrates in the Animal Kingdom: Science Enhanced Scope Sequence (5th grade), SOL 5.5

Plant Life Cycles: Science Enhanced Scope Sequence (Kindergarten), SOL K.7
 

Moving Earth

 
Plate Tectonics: Science Enhanced Scope and Sequence (5th grade), SOL 5.7
 
Plate Tectonics Hazards: Lab plan
 

Water World

Lesson plan, SOL 5.6
 

Wild Weather

Wild Weather overview, includes links to lesson plans and SMART Boards, SOLs 1.7, 2.6, 4.6, 6.6