Lower Elementary Science:
Life All Around Us
(1st – 3rd Grades)
The objective of this course is to get excited about the fascinating world around us! With hands-on activities, group projects, outside speaker presentations, games, and classroom specimens, students gain knowledge of zoology, botany, cellular biology, environmental science, and more. Scheduled family field trips spark the inherent wonder we all have towards nature. More importantly, through optional group volunteer opportunities, this class teaches your child personal responsibility as a steward of his world.
*Special visits from the Central Florida Zoo, Environmental Protection Division, and More! *Optional field trips to the Marine Center, Back to Nature Center, Oakland Nature Preserve, Center for Birds of Prey, Central FL Zoo & other great outings! *Group activities such as birding, hiking, and macro invertebrate collections are explored.
*Community service opportunities include oyster mat making and other habitat restoration projects, beach clean ups, and animal hospital supply drives.
Join us in service to our fellow creatures!
Lab fee is $40 per semester. This fee covers cost of outside programs, specimens, and other materials. Required resource: “The Eco Adventure Club Hero” ($40) 36 Lessons, beginning with the identification of all living things using scientific nomenclature and guiding students through various fun activities involving the six living Kingdoms: Animal, Plant, Monera, Protista, and Fungi. Major Animal Phyla and their characteristics are covered, focusing on marine and freshwater ecosystems. Plant structure and diversity is introduced. Invasive versus non-invasive species are identified. A special “Hero” section asks students questions such as: How do biologists determine if a habitat is healthy or not? How might our community restore the world around us to better health? What may I do to help?
Additional Resources from the Environmental Protection Division of Orange County, the Marine Science Center, the Audubon Society, The Smith-Bailey National Shell Museum, Seminole County’s Leisure Services Department, the Sea Turtle Conservancy, and other environmental education initiatives are provided at no cost.