Conservation Park Resources

The Ontario Conservation Park is located adjacent to City Hall. This beautiful park provides visitors with an opportunity to learn about conservation in a picturesque setting.

Educators and parents, follow the links on the left to access lesson plans for Conservation Park. 

Lessons were developed by a local educator to provide State aligned curriculum for your class when you visit the park. 

Kits containing supporting materials and books are available for checkout at the Library. 

For more information or to reserve a kit email [email protected]  

 

 

   

Stroll along paths in the waterwise garden, and learn about California native plants. 

   

Relax in the outdoor amphitheater or have a cosmic experience while sitting on the moon bench.

       
   

Discover how the city is harnessing the power roof the sun to illuminate the park at night.

   

Explore the solar playhouse, interactive water pump, and so much more.

Conservation Links

Water Use It Wisely

Kids Energy Zone

Ontario WaterWise

Be WaterWise

 

 

ACCORDION
Kindergarten

Natural Resources

 ESS3.A: Living things need water, air, and resources from the land. They live in places that have the things they need.

Document Downloads at the Bottom

Videos:


Forces of Motion

PS2.B & PS3.C: When objects touch or collide, they push on one another and can change motion. A bigger push or pull makes things speed up or slow down quicker.

Documents:

Videos:


Energy Transfer

PS2.B & PS3.C: When objects touch or collide, they push on one another and can change motion. A bigger push or pull makes things speed up or slow down quicker.

Documents:

Videos:


Kindergarten Standards

California's Next Generation Science Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

  • ESS3.A Natural Resources: Living things need water, air, and resources from the land, and to live in places that have the things they need. Humans use natural resources for everything they do.
  • PS3.B Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer: Sunlight warms Earth’s surface.
  • PS2.B Types of Interactions: When objects touch or collide, they push on one another and can change motion.
  • PS3.C Relationship Between Energy and Forces: A bigger push r pull makes things speed up or slow down more quickly.
  • ETS1.A Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems: A situation that people want to change or create can be approached as a problem to be solved through engineering.
  • ETS1.B Developing Possible Solutions: Designs can be conveyed through sketches, drawings, or physical models. These representations are useful in communicating ideas for a problem’s solutions to other people.
  • ETS1.C Optimizing the Design Solution: Because there is always more than one possible solution to a problem, it is useful to compare and test designs.

Science and Engineering Practices:

  • Developing and Using Models: Modeling in K-2 builds on prior experiences and progresses to include using and developing models (i.e., diagram, drawing, physical replica, diorama, dramatization, or storyboard) that represent concrete events or design solutions.
  • Planning and Carrying Out Investigations: Planning and carrying out investigations to answer questions or test solutions to problems in K-2 builds on prior experiences and progresses to simple investigations, based on fair tests, which provide data to support explanations or design solutions.
  • Asking Questions and Defining Problems: Asking questions and defining problems in K-2 builds on prior experiences and progresses to simple descriptive questions.
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Data: Analyzing data in K-2 builds on prior experiences and progresses to collecting, recording, and sharing observations. 

Mathematics:

  • K.MD.2 Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has “more of”/”less of” the attribute, and describe the difference. For example, directly compare the heights of two children and describe one child as taller/shorter.

English Language Arts:

  • RI.K.1 With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
  • RI.K.2 With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
  • RI.K.7 With prompting and support describe the relationship between illustrations and the text in which they appear (e.g., what person, place, thing, or idea in the text an illustration depicts).
  • RI.K.10 Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.
  • W.K.2 Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.
  • W.K.7 Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of books by a favorite author and express opinions about them).
  • SL.K.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • SL.K.2 Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood.
  • SL.K.5 Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.

 Health Education Standards:

  • Personal and Community Health Standard 1 Essential Concepts: 1.2.P Describe sun-safety practices.

Downloadable Files

First Grade

The Sun, The Moon, and The Stars

ESS1.A: Patterns of the motion of the sun, moon, and stars in the sky can be observed, described, and predicted.

Documents:

Videos:


Electromagnetic Radiation

PS4.B: Some materials allow light to pass through them, others allow only some light through, and others block all the light and create a dark shadow on any surface beyond them, where the light cannot reach. Mirrors can redirect a light beam.

Documents:

Videos:


Parts of a Plant

LS1.A: Plants have different parts (roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits) that help them survive and grow.

Documents:

Videos:


External Input

LS1.D: Plants also respond to some external inputs that help them survive.

Documents:


Grade One Standards

California's Next Generation Science Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

  • LS1.A Structure and Function: Plants also have different parts (roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits) that help them survive and grow.
  • LS1.D Information Processing: Plants also respond to some external inputs.
  • ESS1.A The Universe and its Stars: Patterns of the motion of the sun, moon, and stars in the sky can be observed, described, and predicted.
  • PS4.B Electromagnetic Radiation: Some materials allow light to pass through them, others allow only some light through and others block all the light and create a dark shadow on any surface beyond them, where the light cannot reach. Mirrors can be used to redirect a light beam. (Boundary: The idea that light travels from place to place is developed through experiences with light sources, mirrors, and shadows, but no attempt is made to discuss the speed of light).
  • ETS1.A Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems: A situation that people want to change or create can be approached as a problem to be solved through engineering.
  • ETS1.B Developing Possible Solutions: Designs can be conveyed through sketches, drawings, or physical models. These representations are useful in communicating ideas for a problem’s solutions to other people.
  • ETS1.C Optimizing the Design Solution: Because there is always more than one possible solution to a problem, it is useful to compare and test designs.

Science and Engineering Practices:

  • Developing and Using Models: Modeling in K-2 builds on prior experiences and progresses to include using and developing models (i.e., diagram, drawing, physical replica, diorama, dramatization, or storyboard) that represent concrete events or design solutions.
  • Planning and Carrying Out Investigations: Planning and carrying out investigations to answer questions or test solutions to problems in K-2 builds on prior experiences and progresses to simple investigations, based on fair tests, which provide data to support explanations or design solutions.
  • Asking Questions and Defining Problems:  Asking questions and defining problems in K-2 builds on prior experiences and progresses to simple descriptive questions.
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Data:  Analyzing data in K-2 builds on prior experiences and progresses to collecting, recording, and sharing observations.

Mathematics:

  • 1.NBT.1 Count to 120, starting at any number less than 120. In this range, read and write numerals and represent a number of objects with a written numeral.
  • 1.MD3 Tell and write time in hours and half-hours using analog and digital clocks.

English Language Arts:

  • RI.1.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
  • RI.1.2 Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
  • RI.1.10 With prompting and support, read informational texts appropriately complex for
  • grade 1.
  • W.1.7 Participate in shared research and writing projects (eg., explore a number of “how-to” books on a given topic and use them to write a sequence of instructions).
  • W.1.8 With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
  • SL.1.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups
  • SL.1.2 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media
  • SL.1.5 Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
Second Grade

Seed Dispersal and Pollination

LS2.A Plants Depend on water and light to grow. Plants depend on animals for pollination or to move their seeds around.

Documents:

Videos:


Erosion

ESS2.A Wind and water can change the shape of the land.

Documents:

Videos:


States of Matter

PS1.A: Different kinds of matter exist and many of them can be either solid or liquid, depending on temperature. Matter can be described and classified by its observable properties. Different properties are suited to different purposes.

Documents:

Videos:


Fossils

ESS1.C Some events happen very quickly; others occur very slowly, over a time period much longer than one can observe.

Documents:

Videos:


States of Water

ESS2.C Water exists as solid ice and in liquid form.

Documents:

Videos:


BioDiversity

LS4.D There are many different kinds of living things in any area, and they exist in different places on land and in water.

Documents:


Grade Two Standards

California's Next Generation Science Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

  • LS2.A Interdependent Relationships: Plants depend on animals for pollination or to move their seeds around.
  • LS4.D Biodiversity and Humans: There are many different kinds of living things in any area, and they exist in different places on land and in water.
  • ESS2.A Earth Materials and Systems: Wind and water can change the shape of the land.
  • ESS2.C The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes: Water exists as solid ice and in liquid form.
  • ETS1.A Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems: A situation that people want to change or create can be approached as a problem to be solved through engineering.
  • ETS1.B Developing Possible Solutions: Designs can be conveyed through sketches, drawings, or physical models. These representations are useful in communicating ideas for a problem’s solutions to other people.
  • ETS1.C Optimizing the Design Solution: Because there is always more than one possible solution to a problem, it is useful to compare and test designs.

Science and Engineering Practices:

  • Developing and Using Models: Modeling in K-2 builds on prior experiences and progresses to include using and developing models (i.e., diagram, drawing, physical replica, diorama, dramatization, or storyboard) that represent concrete events or design solutions.
  • Planning and Carrying Out Investigations: Planning and carrying out investigations to answer questions or test solutions to problems in K-2 builds on prior experiences and progresses to simple investigations, based on fair tests, which provide data to support explanations or design solutions.
  • Asking Questions and Defining Problems: Asking questions and defining problems in K-2 builds on prior experiences and progresses to simple descriptive questions.
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Data: Analyzing data in K-2 builds on prior experiences and progresses to collecting, recording, and sharing observations.

Mathematics:

  • 2.MD.10 Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with single-unit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems using the information presented in a bar graph.

English Language Arts:

  • RI.2.3 Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.
  • RI.2.6 Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.
  • RI.2.7 Explain how specific images (E.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.
  • RI.2.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical tests, in the grades 2-3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
  • W.2.7 Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations).
  • W.2.8 Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
  • SL.2.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • SL2.2 Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media
  • SL.2.6 Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification.

Health Education Standards:

  • Nutrition and Physical Activity Standard 1 Essential Concepts: 1.5.N Describe the benefits of drinking water in amounts consistent with current research-based health guidelines.
Bookshelf

Below you will find book suggestions that correspond with the lessons.

 All titles are available at the Ontario City Library, you can reserve on the library catalog.

Biodiversity

The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
This wonderful story shows the huge amount of biodiversity in the rainforest in a simple way that young readers can understand. This book is also a great introduction for discussions on conservation and ways children can help the environment.

Imagine by Alison Lester
This book shows animals from all over the world and their vastly different environments.

A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
This story shows the biodiversity one can see at the zoo in a fun and simple way. This book teaches the importance of being unique to young readers.

Biggest, Strongest, Fastest by Steve Jenkins
This book is packed with information and fun facts that children love. It is a great story to introduce young readers to the biodiversity of planet Earth.

Electromagnetic Radiation

Moonbear’s Shadow by Frank Asch
In this cute story, Moonbear tries man in different ways to get rid of his pesky shadow.

The Black Rabbit by Philippa Leathers
Rabbit is convinced his shadow is a large black rabbit. No matter what he tries he can’t seem to shake him. Until he goes into the dark woods.

Monsters Get Scared of the Dark Too by Melissa Lagonegro
When Mike and Sulley babysit Mike's nephew, they help him get to sleep even though he is afraid of the dark, and of the kids that might be hiding in the shadows.

Energy Conservation

Great Big Green Book by Mary Hoffman

From a simple introduction to our home in Space, the authors explain what we need for life on Earth, and show the importance of the rainforests and the oceans; they stress the need to look after our planet and show how some of the things we take for granted are running out, and how we have polluted so much our planet.

Curious George Plants a Tree by H.A. Rey

The mischievous monkey learns about protecting the environment by planting trees and recycling paper. Includes tips on conserving energy and resources.

 

The Earth Book by Todd Parr

Equally whimsical and heartfelt, this sweet homage to our beautiful planet is sure to inspire readers of all ages to do their part in keeping the Earth happy and healthy.

Forces of Motion

Oscar and the Cricket: A Book About Moving and Rolling by Geoff Waring
Oscar the Kitten has many questions about motion with help from his friend cricket all of his questions are answered.

Samantha on a Roll by Linda Ashman
Warned not to try out her new skates, Sammy straps them on anyway, resulting in a wild ride through town.

Everyone Can Learn To Ride a Bicycle by Chris Raschka
A father teaches his daughter all about bicycle riding, from selecting the right bike to trying again after a fall.

Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus by James Dean

Pete the Cat drives a school bus in this twist on the classic song.

Fossils

Dinosaur Bones by Bo Barner
This book is packed with fun facts and great information, topped with rhyming text.

The Berenstain Bears’ Dinosaur Dig by Jan Berenstain
A Berenstain Bear adventure that explores what goes on at a fossil dig.

How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum by Jessie Hartland
An amazing story that follows the dinosaur from its days of roaming the Earth to its arrival to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Parts of a Plant

Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens
This is a fun story that can be used to spark interesting discussions on the parts and appearances of different plants.

The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller
This book gives examples of different plant parts and the thing they do.

A Leaf Can Be . . . (Millbrook Picture Books) by: Laura Purdie Salas
A fun book of poems all leaves and all the roles they can play.

Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres
This book gives various examples of the different plants we eat and how they grow.

Ava’s Poppy by Marcus Pfister
This book tells the story of a young girl named Ava who absolutely loves the red poppy growing in her yard. As time passes the flower loses its petals and Ava is crushed, but when springtime comes it brings a surprise for her.

Recycling

The Berenstain Bears Go Green by Jan Berenstain
Join the Berenstain Bears as they try to come up with a pollution solution to keep their beloved town clean.

Why Should I Recycle? by Jen Green
Join Mr. Jones’ class as they take a field trip to a recycling plant and learn how important it really is.

Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel
A young superhero named Michael Recycle has the power to teach others the importance of recycling.

Saving Water

Why Should I Save Water? by Jen Green
This adorable book gives dozens of ways young readers and their families can avoid wasting water.

Watch over Our Water by Lisa Bullard
Join a young girl named Trina as she learns how to care for Earth’s water.

Saving Water by Charlotte Guillain
Based on children's real-life experiences, the books focus on things children can do to help the environment and keep the world around us clean. 

Seasons

Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead
This book is a fun way for young readers to learn about the different ways animals prepare for winter.

Fredrick by Leo Lionni
A wonderful story about a mouse who keeps the spirit of his friends up during the darkest days of winter.

Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth
A fun book filled with haiku poems about the four seasons. This book can open up great discussions.

The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
This heartwarming tale about a little leaf who was afraid let go teaches readers about the seasons and the power of friendship.

Long Night Moon by Cynthia Rylant
This book shows the changing of seasons in a simple yet beautiful way.

Seed Dispersal

The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
A young crocodile accidentally swallows a watermelon seed and is distraught. What will happen? Will vines sprout from his ears? Will his skin turn pink? This is a great story for introducing the idea of seed germination to young readers.

If You Hold a Seed by Elly MacKKay
This book blends the ideas of a growing seed with that of a growing dream. This story provides a wonderful lesson to young readers; to never give up on themselves or their dreams.

The Empty Pot by Demi
A wonderful folktale that provides readers with a captivating storyline about a young boy with a green thumb. This book teaches about the virtue of honesty.

Miss Maple’s Seeds by Eliza Wheeler
An adorable story about a kind woman named Miss Maple who plays a role in seed dispersal. Children will be introduced to all kinds of plants and environments through Eliza Wheeler’s breathtaking illustrations.

Little Apple Goat by Caroline Jayne Church
Little Apple Goat loves to eat fruit, but one stormy night the orchard is destroyed and Little Apple Goat is devastated. After a while, something amazing happens. This story shows a great example of seed dispersal to young readers.

Who Will Plant a Tree? by Jerry Pallotta
This is an amazing book that demonstrates the many different ways animals can aid in seed dispersal.

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
This book provides a peek into a plant’s lifecycle through the seasons.

Stars, Sun, and Moon

How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers
This entertaining story explores a small boy’s efforts to catch a star of his own. Although he doesn’t succeed in the end he finds something even better, a friend.

Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival by Grace Lin
This is a very educational story that introduces young readers to the customs of a Chinese American family regarding the moon.

How the Stars Fell into the Sky: A Navajo Legend by Jerrie Oughton
A wonderful folktale about why some stars form constellations while others don’t.

Henry’s Stars by David Elliot
A very enjoyable tale about constellations and how different people may see different shapes in the stars.

Fun in the Sun by David Catrow
A dog is very excited to spend a day at the beach. His day is packed with fun, but at the end of the day, he realized he forgot something very important, sunscreen.

Water Cycle and the States of Water

The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks by Joanna Cole
Ms. Frizzle and her class follow water from its place in the clouds to a sink in the school bathroom.

Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld
Cloudette is a little cloud, but she wants to do what the big clouds do, take part in the water cycle.

The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story by Neil Waldman
This gorgeous book follows a water droplet as it goes through many changes through the course of a year.

Water Can Be . . . by Laura Purdie Salas
A fun book of poems all about water and the different roles it can play.

 

 

Downloadable Files