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  [341] Nature DetectivesInstructor: Kate Maher
Grades: 2nd to 3rdRoom: C125
Year: 2019Time: 11:00 AM
Class Size: 8 to 12Prerequisites: Reading and writing at 2nd grade level or greater - ability to read and copy a few words from the board at a time, or to try their best while working on this skill. Ability to listen and follow verbal multi-step directions. Ability to work with a partner or in a small group and share supplies. Enthusiasm for learning about nature and being outdoors in all kinds of weather.
Tuition: $40.00 per 4-Class SessionDuration: 1 hour
Student Provided Materials: Weather-appropriate clothing including rain jackets, rain boots, hats, gloves, and shoes that can get dirty or muddy.
One Time Cost (to teacher) $0.00Cost Description:
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Class Description: Like detectives searching for clues, we will use our senses and our observational skills to investigate a variety of topics in the natural sciences through outdoor exploration, experiments, games, and art projects. Class topics will pull from the natural sciences of Biology, Ecology, Chemistry, and Earth Sciences. In the fall we will learn Biology and Ecology concepts like what it means to be alive, how plants and animals get their energy, and how they survive through adaptations to their environment. In the winter we will work on understanding Chemistry concepts like what the world is made of, how molecules interact and change, making exciting substances like slimes, fizzy potions, color changing liquids, and mini rockets! Then we will learn about the Earth Sciences including the structure of the earth, how water is recycled, how landforms are made, and how fossils are formed. In the Spring we return to Biology with comparing and contrasting animal groups, investigating the skeletons of vertebrates and the shells of invertebrates, learning how birds fly, and how plants and animals work together. We will almost always go outdoors for a portion of every class, rain or shine.