Our 4th & 5th grade program, Life in Our Watershed: Investigating Vernal Pools, integrates a 13-lesson, standards-based science curriculum with a field trip to the vernal pools at Mather Field. The curriculum prepares the students for their field trip by teaching them all about vernal pools and the plants and animals that live in them.
Classroom preparation is the key difference between Splash field trips and traditional field trips because the students arrive already knowing a lot about the vernal pools. This knowledge empowers the students and results in an exciting, interactive field trip in which information is shared among students, guides, and teachers.
The field trip is hands-on, interactive, and provides lots of opportunities for the students to share their vernal pool knowledge with each other, the Splash field guides, and the parent chaperones. This integration of classroom and experiential learning is a unique and exciting aspect of the Splash Elementary Program.
Each class is broken into three groups of 8 to 12 students and each group is led by a trained vernal pool guide. Half the field trip is spent rotating through the learning centers inside the Splash Center: the watershed station, the microscope station, and Critterville. The other half of their field trip is spent exploring the spectacular vernal pools scattered throughout the grasslands at Mather Field. For more information about the timing and content of the field trip, please click on the links below.
If you are a 4th or 5th grade teacher who will be participating in the Splash Elementary Program this school year, this page contains information and documents that may be useful to you. If you have not yet been accepted into the program, please visit Information for Prospective Splash Teachers.
If you are a teacher interested in participating in the Elementary Program, please review the links below to determine your eligibility, review our expectations of teachers, and sign up for a place on the waiting list.
This is a 13-lesson environmental science curriculum about vernal pools designed for 4th- and 5th-graders. It includes three binders: the Teacher’s Manual, Critter Catalog, and Flower Facts. This program is used by numerous Sacramento County school districts and focuses on the Mather Field vernal pools in eastern Sacramento County.
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