PrairieWatersSmall

Available Programs for 4th - 8th Grades


If there is a topic not on our list that you would like covered, we can design a specific program to suit your needs.

  • Water Animals of North Dakota - students learn about animals that live in and near water in ND by looking at and touching various furs, skulls, etc. ---------- ND Science Standards - 4.4.1., 4.4.2., 4.4.4., 5.1.3., 5.4.3., 7.1.4., 7.4.4., 7.4.6.
  • Needs to Live - students learn what a habitat is and how it provides the things living things need to survive through a series of activities that may include a habitat hunt, food chain/web activity, population activities, and activities addressing the basic needs of living things. ---------- ND Science Standards - 4.1.1., 4.1.2., 4.2.2., 4.4.1., 4.4.2., 4.4.4., 4.7.1., 5.1.2., 5.2.2., 5.4.3., 6.1.3., 6.2.4., 6.7.1., 7.1.1., 7.1.2., 7.2.1., 7.4.4., 7.4.6., 7.7.3.
  • Mussels of North Dakota - students learn about the different kinds of mussels found in ND and examine mussel shells. ---------- ND Science Standards - 4.2.1., 4.4.1., 4.4.2., 4.4.4., 5.1.3., 6.2.5., 7.1.2., 7.1.4., 7.4.4., 7.4.6., 8.7.1.
  • Macroinvertebrate Collection - students wear waders and use nets to collect macroinvertebrates found in streams. ---------- ND Science Standards - 4.2.3., 4.4.1., 4.4.4., 5.4.3., 6.4.1., 6.2.4., 7.4.4., 7.4.5.
  • Animal Adaptations - students learn how different animals are adapted for different habitats by using a scope to view macroinvertebrate adaptations and/or through a simulation of different bird beaks. ---------- ND Science Standards - 4.2.2., 4.2.3., 4.4.1., 4.4.2., 4.4.4., 5.1.3., 5.2.2., 5.4.3., 5.6.2., 6.1.1., 6.2.4., 7.1.1., 7.1.4., 7.2.1., 7.4.4., 7.4.6., 8.2.2., 8.2.3.
  • Geocaching - students use GPS units to find various caches. ---------- ND Science Standards - 4.2.2., 4.2.3., 4.7.2., 5.1.1., 5.6.1., 6.2.4., 7.6.1.
  • Water Quality with Macros - students determine the health of the water in their stream by identifying the types of macroinvertebrates present. ---------- ND Science Standards - 4.1.1., 4.2.2., 4.2.3., 4.4.1., 4.7.1., 5.1.1., 5.1.2., 5.2.2., 6.1.3., 6.2.4., 6.2.5., 6.7.1., 6.7.2., 6.8.1., 6.8.2., 7.1.1., 7.2.1., 7.4.4., 7.4.5., 7.4.6., 8.2.3.
  • Water Quality with Chemistry - students test water samples for various chemical parameters that affect the quality of the water. ---------- ND Science Standards - 4.1.2, 4.2.2, 4.2.3., 4.5.2., 4.6.1., 4.7.1., 5.1.2., 5.2.2., 5.8.1., 6.1.3., 6.2.4., 6.2.5., 6.7.2., 6.8.1., 7.2.1., 7.6.3., 8.2.2., 8.2.3., 8.7.1.
  • Watersheds - students learn about watersheds, how to identify watersheds, and build watershed models. --------- ND Science Standards - 4.1.1., 4.1.2., 4.2.2., 4.2.3., 4.5.2., 4.7.1., 5.1.1., 5.1.2., 6.1.1., 6.1.2., 6.1.3., 6.7.2., 7.1.1.
  • Wetlands - students learn about wetlands and model wetland formation and wetland function. ---------- ND Science Standards - 4.1.1., 4.1.2., 4.2.2., 4.2.3., 4.5.2., 4.7.1., 5.1.1., 5.1.2., 5.3.3., 6.1.1., 8.5.4., 8.5.7.
  • Water Flow - students play a game to learn about CFS and flow. Flow calculation with a stream table may be requested also. ---------- ND Science Standards - 4.1.1., 4.1.2., 4.2.2., 4.2.3., 4.5.2., 4.7.1., 5.1.1., 5.1.2., 5.2.2., 6.1.1., 6.1.2., 6.1.3., 6.2.4., 6.2.5., 6.7.1., 7.1.2., 8.1.1., 8.2.3., 8.5.4.
  • Animal Migration - students play a game to model migration and learn about the importance of wetlands to migrating birds. ---------- ND Science Standards - 4.1.1., 4.4.3., 4.4.4., 5.1.2., 6.1.1., 6.1.3., 7.4.4., 7.4.6., 7.5.2.
  • Fish Seining - students learn about the different fish in North Dakota and catch fish in a stream using a seine net. ---------- ND Science Standards - 4.2.2., 4.2.3., 4.4.1., 5.1.3., 6.2.4., 7.1.4.
  • Water Pollution - students learn the difference between point source and non-point source pollution and how to prevent it. ---------- ND Science Standards - 4.1.1., 4.6.1., 4.7.1., 5.1.2., 5.7.2., 6.1.3., 6.7.2., 7.6.3., 8.7.1.
  • Field Journaling Students learn how to create a field journal and why scientist they are essential.
    Hike around Prairie Waters, recording and sketching what is observed.
  • Scientific Method---Introduction to the scientific method.  Making predictions, recording observations.
  • Burrow—Students learn about underground and underwater habitats and creatures that live there by crawling through our indoor “burrow” (constructed of appliance boxes)