Science Kits are free educational resources available on loan for GCPS Teachers. These Science kits offer hands-on methods to provide stimulating environmental education in your classroom.
- Provide fun way to teach Gwinnett County AKS objectives and Georgia GPS objectives
- Provide lesson plans and activities based on facts and sound science
- Easy set-up and guidelines
- Easily accessible (delivered/returned through school courier)
- Great vocabulary builder for ESOL
To schedule a loan of these kits contact Brenda McDaniel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-822-5187.
Please Note: We will make every effort to accommodate teachers with the appropriate tool kit while following the GCPS Science Instructional Calendar. Some kits are in very high demand, so please allow several weeks once requesting. Classroom teachers may keep each kit up to 3 school days. Science Specialists may arrange with GC&B to keep the kits longer based on class rotations/schedules.
Georgia Animals and Plants: Habitats and Adaptations (K-3rd)
The Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Habitat Toolkit focuses on Georgia animals and plants, their habitats, and adaptations that allow them to survive in those habitats. It is structured as a puppet show for Gr. 3-5 reading level. Characters include a penguin as Master of Ceremonies out of his habitat while here in Georgia and Georgia State Symbols: a right whale, gopher tortoise, green tree frog, opossum, tiger swallowtail butterfly, azalea, and largemouth bass. A map of Georgia regions is included and discussed briefly. Two scripts are included: one approximately 20-30 minutes, the other 45-60 minutes. Portions of the script can be deleted easily if desired to change timing or focus on specific organisms, habitats, or adaptations. A teacher resource page that includes links for background information, coloring pages, etc., plus information on making puppets is included on the website and in the kit.
Recycling & Waste Reduction Tool Kit (K-5th)
Loaded with fun facts, lesson plans, videos and interesting items that have been reused or recycled. This kit is designed to foster an understanding of resource conservation and the importance of recycling. Items and lessons can be used to reinforce AKS objectives that address: healthy environments for the future, preparing to be productive citizens, respect for the environment and others and recognizing that raw materials can be changed by various processes.
Water – Quality & Pollution
Water Pollution – Nonpoint Source (K-HS)
We all live in a watershed, with water pollution coming from many sources. The Water Pollution Tool Kit shows pollution from nonpoint sources, such as: residential areas, deforested areas, recreation, agriculture, construction and storm drains. Pollution and run-off are visually apparent when rain carries soil (cocoa), chemicals (colored drink mixes) and oil (mixture) through a watershed to a pond, lake or river. This kit also shows water pollution prevention measures at work. Included in this year’s tool kit, we have updated the water pollution lesson plan to include the drought and it’s impact on pollution.
Wetlands Enviroscape (1st-8th)
The Wetlands Enviroscape demonstrates the basic functions and values of inland and coastal wetlands. Wetlands not only help reduce the rate of flooding and erosion, they also filter sediments and provide habitat for birds and other animals. Learn how to recognize different types of wetlands, understand what activities negatively affect wetlands and what activities can help to conserve wetlands.
The Chemistry of Air Pollution (3rd-8th)
Students will explore elements and compounds, which form the major types of air pollution. This tool kit utilizes an interactive computer game, undertaking Internet-based research, playing Ozone Tag simulation games, and investigating the effects of acid rain.
Air Quality and Visibility (3rd-8th)
It is difficult to understand how volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) work together to create SMOG, so show your students how to create their own smog soup so they will better understand how it is formed. The students will also learn about hazy days and the effects of breathing in particulate matter on the respiratory system through the dynamic “Cilia” game.
Air Pollution and the Respiratory System (3rd-8th)
Students will learn the function of the respiratory system by making a working model of the lungs and diaphragm. Students will also learn how to measure air quality by visiting web sites and collecting data from air quality monitoring stations. Student will also learn how much air their lungs can hold by making a spirometer to measure their own lung capacity. In addition, the teacher can demonstrate how smog is formed in an activity titled “Smog in a Jar.”