California Dreamin’ (2nd-3rd grade)

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Explore the incredible world that is right in our own backyards! Students will discover the geology, biology and ecology all around us. See what makes the Golden State shine as we learn what causes those spooky earthquakes, build our own biomes and meet some of the amazing animals that live here!

21st Century & SEL Skill Focus: Empathy, Collaboration, Initiative. Learn more about other skills we build through The EDMO Method®.

Sample Projects

 Friends with Frogs

Friends with Frogs

Students will build and decorate “toad abodes” to give amphibians a place to live! Learn all about the frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders around us and how to invite wildlife into our own backyards by burying a terracotta pot halfway in moist soil to attract amphibians.

Students will learn about amphibian biology and ecology, as well as urban wildlife and wildlife conservation. They also will learn about soil and water quality, specifically how it is impacted and how it affects amphibians.

Skyscraper Design Challenge

Skyscraper Design Challenge

California skyscrapers are built to withstand incredible earthquakes. Students will build the highest and sturdiest skyscraper possible using earthquake-resistant architectural and engineering techniques.

Students will learn about what causes earthquakes and how engineers and architects build skyscrapers with them in mind. In designing their skyscrapers, students will learn about the elements of architecture, as well as structural geometry and three-dimensional construction. This is a group project so students will have a chance to practice small-group work and collaboration.

Biome in a Box

Biome in a Box

Students will explore the incredible ecological diversity of California and build a model ecosystem featuring plants, animals and geologic features that make California’s natural areas unique. They’ll get to take their ecosystem home too!

Students will learn about the biology and ecology of plants and animals found across the state, as well as where to find them. Students will also explore the elements of a biome and what sets different biomes apart.