GUPPY Track B Online Descriptions

June 22-26, 2020

The Science of Nature: Reasons for the Seasons, Web of Life, Animal Homes, and Animal Niches

Reasons for the Seasons: Why does the Earth have seasons?  How do plants and animals adapt to its patterns?  Learn about life cycles and nature’s survival strategies.

  • Identify the cause of seasons
  • Identify the 4 season and characteristics of each season (as seen in MI)
  • Identify general characteristics of plants during each season
  • Identify various animal habits and/or adaptations that help the animal to thrive through different seasons

Web of Life: Explore the interconnected relationships between producers and consumers and how changes in our environments affect all living things.

  • Identify what living things need to survive
  • Understand how a food web looks
  • Compare and contrast a food chain to a food web
  • Define producer, consumer, and decomposer as they relate to food webs
  • Define the terms herbivore, carnivore, and omnivore
  • Compare and contrast characteristics of different types of consumers
  • Understand bioaccumulation and its effects

Animal Homes and Niches: What do animals need to survive?  Compare and contrast different habitats and various animals’ roles within their habitat.

  • Compare and contrast different animal homes
  • Compare and contrast different animal characteristics/adaptations as they relate to the animal’s habitat
  • Compare and contrast animal habitats within different ecosystems
  • Learn how animal “jobs” help the animal survive

Materials required: Paper, colored pencils or crayons

*If you have any concerns with these requirements, contact gifted@msu.edu a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the start date of the class

Learning to do very simple things in very complicated ways: Rub Goldberg Machine 

This is an ideal time because everyone will have unique items around their home to make something totally different. Students will have challenges like; get from point A to B in a certain number of steps, utilize certain objects to perform an action, etc. Students will talk about science topics like potential energy, mass, friction, etc.

Materials required: Thin rope/string, pulleys, magnets, ping-pong balls 

OPTIONAL: Marbles, paper tubes (e.g., empty toilet, paper towel tubes), sturdy cardstock (e.g., manila folders, heavy duty construction paper), rubber bands, paper clips, balloons, conventional fan, tape, plastic bottles (when cut in half, these make good funnels to move your marble balls), and anything else you'd like to include in your project

*If you have any concerns with these requirements, contact gifted@msu.edu a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the start date of the class

Brain Training with Area Mazes: Simple Math and Clever Logic

Addictive 2-D puzzles to solve using simple math and clever logic. Based on problems from Naoki Inaba, the inventor of sudoku, and one of the greatest puzzle makers of all time.

The Natural Beauty of Art

Nature provides us with many beautiful sights, from chasms to mountains and everything in between! For this GUPPY art class we will be discussing nature and its influence on artists and how they will be adopting this as their theme for the class.  During this class students won’t only create art, but learn about its connecting topics, mediums, and techniques.  Students will engage in discussion, be presented with presentations paired with demonstrations of these said topics, helping them move forward in the development and understanding of their own art skills. We will be creating many different art projects based around Nature and some of wondrous sights it gives us!

Materials required: Pencil, white paper, various colors of construction paper, old magazines/newspaper, scissors, glue, tape, small bottles of red, blue, and yellow paint, paint brush, crayons, basic colors pack of markers.

*If you have any concerns with these requirements, contact gifted@msu.edu a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the start date of the class