Homeschool Science Classes:
New format! This program targets specific prescribed learning outcomes in science for each grade which should qualify the work happening here at the NS3 for credit.
Homeschool Classes – Grades 3, 4 and 5: November Series
Dates: November 15 (at Bowen Park), 22 and 29 from 12:30 – 2:00pm at NS3’s Science Studio Cost:$45
Take a field trip to Bowen Park where we will explore the concept of stream health including characteristics of a healthy stream and its importance for a watershed. Discover the riparian zone and how plants, animals and humans impact it. We will determine the water quality of a side stream of the Millstone River in Bowen Park by measuring pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature and turbidity. Also, we will learn about stream invertebrates, their life cycles and how they can help indicate water quality.
PLOs: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems (Grade 3). All living things and their environment are interdependent (Grade 4). Multicellular organisms have organ systems that enable them to survive and interact within their environment (Grade 5).
Discover the different phases of matter will dry ice exploration. We will learn about homogenous solutions with red cabbage pH indicator experiments and complete matter-related demonstrations.
PLOs: All matter is made of particles (Grade 3). Matter has mass, takes up space, can change phase (Grade 4). Solutions are homogenous mixtures (Grade 5).
Earth Sciences Exploration
Explore the effects of Earth’s rotation with a hands-on activity and discussion. Other activities will cover glacial action and erosion as well as how humans harvest natural materials from the earth for various resources.
PLOs: Wind, water and ice change the shape of the land (Grade 3). The motion of Earth and the moon cause observable patterns that affect living and nonliving systems Grade 4). Humans use the Earth materials as natural resources (Grade 5).
Homeschool Classes – Grades K,1 and 2: December Series
The three week series will cover a variety of science topics targeted specially at the curriculum for this age range.
Dates: December 6, 13 and 20 from 12:30-2:00pm at NS3’s Science Studio. Cost: $45
Animal and Plant Adaptations
Students will explore the connections within the flora and fauna in a forest ecosystem. We will be exploring plant and animal life cycles and the role of insects and pollinators through hands-on activities and games. Also, we will discover what adaptations animals have evolved for the winter months. *Weather dependent field-trip
PLOs: Plants and animals have observable features (Kindergarten). Daily and seasonal changes affect all living things (Kindergarten). Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment (Grade 1). All living things have a life cycle (Grade 2).
In this lesson, students will learn all about states of matter. We will use dry ice to explore states of matter and phase changes. In addition to activities, demos and discussion, we will also use a delicious learning tool (rootbeer floats!) to cement the learning about solids, liquids and gases.
PLOs: Humans interact with matter every day through familiar materials (Kindergarten). Matter is useful because of its properties (Grade 1). Materials can be changed through physical and chemical processes (Grade 2).
Energy and Sound Exploration
Squishy Circuits will explore circuitry and electronics with crazy pathways. Students will use conductive and insulating dough to light up LEDs, run motors and sound buzzers. Hands-on experiments looking at sound vibrations and making sound sandwiches will be used to explore sound energy.
PLOs: The motion of objects depends on their properties (Kindergarten). Light and sound can be produced and their properties changed (Grade 1). Forces influence the motion of an object (Grade 2).