In-class Activities for 1st-12th Grade Students
Discover the Flyway In-class activities bring the wetlands to you. Based on our Discover the Flyway Field Trip program, these activities provide hands-on, inquiry-based outdoor science for 1st through 12th grade classrooms.
Grade Level In-class Activity Options
|Program Name||Grade Levels||Program Length||Activity #1||Activity #2|
|Salmon in the Wetlands||1st-2nd||1 hour||Salmon Senses||Wetland Pond Study|
|Birds of the Wetlands||3rd-5th||1 hour||What Can I Eat With this Beak||Wetland Pond Study|
|Water Quality in the Wetlands||6th-12th||1.5 hours||Water Quality Testing (one activity)|
In-class Activity Descriptions
Wetland Pond Study Activity (1st-5th)
Students collect water samples with live aquatic invertebrates to view, identify, and record. They discover how these animals survive by exploring their diet, movement, adaptations, interactions within the environment, life cycles, and tolerance levels to pollution.
Salmon Senses Activity (1st-2nd)
Students become fish, specifically, salmon, immersing themselves in a salmon’s life cycle and finding their way back to their birth river to continue this cycle.
Teacher Resources for Salmon Senses:
Salmon Senses Write-up
What Can I Eat with This Beak? Activity (3rd-5th)
Students research wetland bird biodiversity through two hands-on activities and record their findings about bird beaks and diet. They become wetland birds by using various props as beaks to “feed” on “wetland animals and plants” in and near a mock pond, experiencing co-existence and learning how water quality impacts bird biodiversity.
Water Quality Program (6th-12th)
Students discover threats to our water systems and the scientific tools and methods which are used to determine the health of our water. Working in small groups, students test water samples from Yolo Basin Foundation’s wetland ponds to determine and record pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature, oxidation reduction potential, conductivity, total dissolved solids, salinity, and turbidity.
Teacher Resources for Water Quality Testing:
Water Quality Station Charts
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Background
Oxidation/Reduction Potential (ORP) Background
Dissolved Oxygen (DO) Background
- Discover the Flyway In-class Activities are offered on Wednesdays, September through May.
- 1st-5th grade level programs are 1 hour; 6th-12th grade programs are 1.5 hours.
- One to three classes of the same program can be offered per date.
- Teachers are required to lead one station. (Instructions and information for the teacher led activities are provided with the teacher resources above.)
- Due to materials and set-up, the program needs to be set-up in one location on the school campus. This could be in one classroom, the auditorium, library, or an outside field or covered area. Setting up all activities outside or one inside and one outside are both good options.
- A 15 minute re-set time is required between programs.
- Maximum number of students per program is one class size (up to 35 students).
- Minimum number of students per program is 10.
Payments are due two weeks before the first scheduled program date.
Program costs per day:
1 Class: $200
2 Classes: $300
3 Classes: $350
Travel Fee: Schools or organizations located more than 25 miles away from the Yolo Basin Foundation office will be charged a travel fee of $0.60 per mile for each additional mile (round-trip).
Funding assistance may be available to Title I schools. For more information, contact Heidi Satter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discover the Flyway In-class Activities Terms and Conditions
Click here to review the Program Terms and Conditions before reserving a program date.
Contact Heidi Satter at email@example.com.
Wild About Wetlands Kits
Wild About Wetlands Kits are available to teachers to prepare students for their Discover the Flyway program or to supplement wetland education. Kits include activities and lessons with all materials provided. Teachers or other youth leaders can check out kits FOR TWO WEEKS.
We are also revising some of the activities to a virtual platform. Here is an example https://www.yolobasin.org/whoseskullisit/
Teachers must pick up and return kits at the Yolo Basin Foundation office. To reserve a kit, email Corky Quirk at firstname.lastname@example.org.