Earth Science: Weather, Plants & Biomes!
Teacher: Lynnette Bedard
Day / Time: Thursday 9:30 - 11:00
Cost: $256 or $64/month for 4 months - 16 week class
Material Fees: $30
Come learn about the characteristics of a Biome and the plants and animals that call that Biome home. Beginning with the study of weather by creating a simulation of the water cycle in the classroom! We will study the globe and understand how climate effects a biome and how its location on Earth determines the climate.
Then, through experiments and projects we will learn about the characteristics of plants and animals in each Biome. For example, by comparing the results of pushing a dime and a much larger disk into salt (representing sand), we will conclude that camels do not sink into the vast sands on the Arabian desert because they have large round feet, like the much larger disk! Additionally, by creating a model of camel's unique eyebrows and eye lashes we will discovered they have built-in sunglasses....how handy is that?!!!!
Students will observe, feel, and compare examples of plants to understand how characteristics help them to survive. For example, by watering a Spider plant (native to the tropics) they will discover how plants shed excess rain in the rainforest to avoid drowning while sharing water with plants below them, observing that evergreens stay green all year to accommodate very short growing seasons, feeling the waxy coatings of plants to store limited water in desert, and creating a working model of a Broadleaf tree stem to discover why leaves grow in pairs.
While studying each biome students will learn about the unique food chain for that biome and how plants and animals have strategies for survival through actions such as hibernating through long cold winters, changing color from brown to white like the snowshoe rabbit, or migrating south for the winter. “Brrrrr... it is way too cold to stay here without a coat. I'm flying south for the winter, maybe some of my friends will come too!”
Students will demonstrate their understanding of biomes by creating a model of a biome. So come join us while we travel around the world investigating the great variety of plants and animals that inhabit our planet Earth!