Level 2 – Grades 3 & 4
Level 2 Suggested Prerequisite Understanding– Our courses are designed with the following assumptions of student knowledge:
Capable of recording data during experiments and activities, familiar with using data tables
Comfortable with the concept of multiplication, exposure to the concept of division
Able to add and subtract multi-digit numbers
Exposure to fractions and decimals
Recognizes there are different types of measurement (e.g. volume, length, weight)
Level 2 Math
X, Y & Z
Students will learn the methods that Descartes introduced to best understand algebraic principles geometrically. It is an opportunity for students to become experts in the techniques of creating and classifying graphs.
This is a course on measuring and understanding probability using the world around us as a guide post. Students will explore a range of natural and man-made phenomena and develop strategies to measure certainty of random events.
Students in this course will explore a variety of two and three dimensional shapes, understanding their categories and classifications.
Syllabus coming soon
Measurements & Conversions
Students investigate different measurements ranging from length and area to weight and volume. The course will follow the progression of measurement from ancient measurement systems to the advent of the metric system.
Story of Numbers
In this course, students explore number systems of different bases from binary to our everyday base-10 system. Students examine how the structure of a number system impacts arithmetic calculation and how history has changed number systems.
Students will learn that not all quantities can be represented by whole numbers. They learn that fractions represent “parts of a whole” and that there can be multiple parts of a whole that can be combined to make more than unity. These numbers can also be represented as decimals--non-whole numbers!--and they can be added, subtracted, just like whole numbers.
Level 2 Science
What do civil engineers think about? This class takes students through three key stages of the building process. Civil Engineering is a hands-on class that has students exploring different types of structures and the science behind them. Students focus on inventing, building, and testing their structures.
Food is science in action. Students make ice cream and understand the science behind it. They will extract fat from potato chips and chocolate. They will discover why lemon juice taste sour and orange juice sweet. They will even try to chemically modify lemon juice to make it taste like orange juice! Students will have an entirely new understanding of how we taste food and how food helps our bodies grow.
A crime is committed and only science can solve it! Students gather evidence at the crime scene and use science to determine possible matches to suspects. Along the way, they must consider the accuracy of each type of test, keep track of the findings, and hopefully solve the crime!
Students will explore the world of plants through the development of their own garden. They will learn the structure of plants, and how they get nutrients to germinate, sprout, and grow into an adult plant. Using the ideal conditions learned in class, students will be challenged to create a space where plants will thrive.
Students will identify the different types of vertebrates in the animal kingdom, how they are related, how they interact, and the delicate balance of their ecosystems. We will learn about the different environments each type of animal calls home, and we will observe how animals develop throughout their lifecycle.
Students will explore the different weather patterns that shape our earth. From tornadoes to seasons, this course will help students identify and better understand their natural environment, and the factors involved in creating weather.