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: February Series
Dates: February 7, 14 and 21 from 12:30 – 2:00pm at NS3’s Science Studio Cost:$45
Students will learn the difference between renewable and non-renewable resources through hands-on experiments, facts and an action-packed game. Mine a cookie to discover the many resources that come from the earth including coal, natural gas and oil. We will also compare natural vs. man made water purification. PLOs: Humans use earth materials as natural resources (Grade 5).
The Interdependence of Living Things
Discover the interconnectedness of the living world with a food web game. We plan to dissect owl pellets to explore the transfer of energy through the food chain and how living things depend on their environment. Lastly, we will learn about the physical and chemical processes of decomposers and the importance of returning nutrients to the environment. 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). Energy comes in a variety of forms that can be transferred from one object to another (Grade 4).
The Comparison of Organ Systems
Explore how different organ systems compare for human and non-human living things. Students will construct lung models and discover how they compare to gills. Build an articulated hand to learn about different muscle groups and compare to the movement of snakes. We will also explore the digestive system in humans vs. invertebrates. PLOs: Multicellular organisms have organ systems that enable them to survive and interact within their environment (Grade 5).
Homeschool Classes – Grades K,1 and 2: March Series
The three week series will cover a variety of science topics targeted specially at the curriculum for this age range.
Dates: February 28, March 7 and 14 from 12:30-2:00pm at NS3’s Science Studio. Cost: $45
The Many Facets of Plants
During this class, students will explore the observable features of plants by dissecting flowers and lima beans. We will lead discussions around inquiry questions such as “why do flowers have pretty petals?” and link up the learning to pollinators. The day will also include a cross pollination game. PLOs: Plants and animals have observable features (Kindergarten). Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment (Grade 1).
Exploring Physical and Chemical Processes
Students will compare and contrast physical vs chemical change while carrying out several experiments. Then we will discuss and classify which examples represent which process. Experiments include foaming monsters, making butter, creating mixtures and chromatography. PLOs: Materials can be changed through physical and chemical processes (Grade 2). Matter is useful because of its properties (Grade 1). Humans interact with matter everyday though familiar materials (Kindergarten).
Forces and Motion
Here we will discover how different forces affect the movement of various objects. We will use pendulums, catapults and bristlebots as tools for exploring different forces like gravity, friction, inertia and acceleration. The class will conclude with discussion and classification of forces (push, push or both). PLOs: Forces influence the motion of an object (Grade 2). The motion of objects depends on their properties (Kindergarten).