Camp Norris

Norris students that stayed at school, explored different areas of Science.

Day 1:

Let’s get to know each other using the Team Building Activities: Human Knot

Nature’s Niche

Use the Sciencesaurus to fill in the information in your book.

Pages 126 & 127 and the Glossary are very helpful.

Watch this Adaptation video to help brainstorm different adaptations:

After filling in the information, use the 2 way bug viewer to observe different bugs. – Draw the animal and tell how it survives.


Use pages 133-138 in the Sciencesaurus to help fill out the information.  The Glossary can also be helpful.

What parts of the food chain do you see in this pond water?  Take a look at these pond samples.


Read: How to Use a Compass

Visit:  Getting to know your Compass and watch the video.

Watch the video and use the site to label your compass.










Day 2:

Team Building:

Blind Count off – Participants face away from each other and they have to count as high as they can out loud with only one person saying a number at a time. This challenge encourages active listening skills and helps participants build in confidence.


Watch Eye Wonder Birds of Prey Video on United Streaming to complete the information in your book.  Watch the three segments: Birds of prey, Clinics and Enclosures, and Training.  Use Thunderbirds by Jim Arnosky to explore raptors even more.

Forest Class

Visit Defenders of Wildlife to discover the different types of forests.  Read through Natures’s Green Umbrella by Gail Gibbons.  Use the information from the website and the book to fill out Forest Class information.  You may even use your Sciencesaurus.

Apply the information you have gathered about habitats and Forests during your Science Scavenger hunt.  Use the iPod to take pictures of all the items your team can find during the scavenger hunt.

Critter Class:

Go to  Go to World Book Kids.  Choose an animal to fill in the Critter information.

Use the Sciencesuarus to complete the definition challenge.


Use page 93 in the Sciencesaurus to help determine the inherited and learned behaviors of a horse.

Finishing the Day

Complete reflection questions on the Day One page.

Day 3

Team Building:

Loop-de-loop Group members stand in a circle and hold hands. Start one hula-hoop hanging over one pair of joined hands. Each person in the circle must pass the hoop/loop over him/herself and on to the next person without letting go of hands.

Complete the team building page in your book.

Earth Science:

Use the Sciencesaurus and the geography website to fill in the Earth Science page.

Now that you know about the different types of weathering, let’s explore different types of physical weathering. Compare the different samples of sand from around the world.   How do they compare in size, color, and shape. Use a microscope to get an even better look.  Can you see a difference between the desert and beach sands?

When sediments stop moving it is called deposition or the settling of sediment into a new location. Many fossils were formed when plant and animal remains settled on river beds.

For our final Camp Ashley activity we will explore dinosaurs and fossils. We will learn how fossils form and about the different types of fossils. We will see how different parts of the United States have fossils from different periods of time.


Molds and Cast:

There are different types of fossils.  Two types are called molds and casts.  Discover how molds and casts are created.

Using Clay, shells, and other items create a mold.  Use your mold to create a cast.

Where are Fossils found:

Now, take a look at some of the fossils found in Texas and other states:

Visit the Paleontology Portal.

  1. Click on exploring time and Space
  2. Click on Texas
  3. When you click on the different time periods, where they can be found in Texas, and you will see slides on the side showing different animals that lived during that time.
  4. Click on the tab at the top for Time and Space.  Explore other States.
  5. Click on the Fossil Gallery Tab
  6. Explore the different categories of fossils.
  7. What difference do you see between fossils and rocks?

Fossil Dig:

Now that you’ve gotten to see Fossils, it’s your turn to dig for them.  Use your knowledge of fossils to distinguish what you find during the dig between rocks and fossils.  Sort you findings.

Draw on your T chart one example of each type of fossil you found.  Use descriptive words as you tell about each example.


 Finishing the Day

Complete the reflections page on Day Two.


Use these websites in Class:

If you finish your camp assignment.  You can investigate further the videos from the lessons above or use the links below to explore other areas.