Science in a Snap

Many teachers in the Tulsa area are already familiar with the science programs presented by the Tulsa County Master Gardeners. From flowers and seeds, to worms and insects, Master Gardeners in the Classroom (MaGIC) has offered great science learning experiences to area children for more than 25 years. Experienced gardeners trained by Oklahoma State University share their knowledge as volunteers with no cost to the schools.

Due to Covid-19, Tulsa Master Gardeners are temporarily unable to present these learning experiences directly in the classrooms, so we have developed alternative online presentations. Short videos covering a number of topics for K through 5th grades are available online and include a short quiz for older students and a hands-on coloring activity for younger ones. Each program also includes links to additional resources and activities.

These presentations can meet the needs of Classroom Teachers, Online Learners, Home Schoolers, and Blended Learners. Suggested grade levels and Academic Standards Codes are listed to help teachers see how each program can enhance the implementation of the 2020 Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science.


Science in a Snap Programs

Offers up-close and personal video of several caterpillars "coming of age," focusing on Monarchs. Interesting brief video presentations of each stage of development from egg to flight.

Royal Jelly, Bee Bread, Dancing Bees, and amazing bee communication skills are a few of the topics in this lively video. Students will enjoy sharing these interesting facts and might even want to recreate the unique bee choreography!

This well-animated  short film informs and illustrates interesting facts about wiggly worms. Learn how worms move, eat, breathe, and 'think' to make soil better for the rest of us.

Flowers have the important job of using their pretty colors and pleasant smells to attract pollinators. This short film does a great job illustrating the functions of flowers and how pollinators  help create beauty! (Includes good vocabulary descriptions.)

Trees are important to all living things, and are essential for a healthy environment. Briefly explains the "Greenhouse Effect" that makes the Earth's temperature  rise all over the planet. Good illustrations of the film's vocabulary.

Composting is nature’s way of recycling. Decomposition occurs naturally but with composting we can help to speed up the process. Students will learn about decomposers, the composting process, and how composting can benefit the soil and the plant growing process.

Take a close look at the difference between DIRT and SOIL! Good illustrations and short descriptions of; minerals, water, air, and organic matter, which are the components that make up DIRT/SOIL!

ALL seeds, big and small have three common parts; outer shell, embryo, and endosperm. What makes seeds stay "dormant" or begin to "grow?" Do seeds know which way to grow no matter how they're planted? Watch this short video to learn the answers, and more! 

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