Homeschool Day at the Calgary Zoo
|Learning about lifecycles|
The day started out cold and blustery so we were happy that much of our activities were indoors. The day was organized into a morning and afternoon session by grade group. You could register for one or both, depending on your preference. Grades 3 and 4 started the day with “Croak, Lifecycles of the Young & Slimy” where the kids learned about the life cycle of insects, birds, amphibians, and mammals. There were lots of opportunities for the kids to ask questions and participate in the program that ended with a skit for the moms who joined in by creating the “scary” music at the appropriate moments.
|Learning about all of the things that are made from plants, including ginger ale|
After a lunch break, we gathered at the Karsten Discovery Centre for the afternoon sessions. This time, grades 3 and 4 would be working in the Conservatory on “Green and Gorgeous” where they learned about plants and botany. They learned about what makes a plant a plant and looked at the many ways the lives of humans and plants intertwine. After identifying several plant species in the Living Garden, the kids tried their hands at sketching their favorite (notebooking.) This was followed by time in the lab where they had the opportunity to dissect a flower and identify its parts. This worked in well with the lifecycle study as well as providing an opportunity to work with a partner.