Courses for Students Completing Third Grade

Title Total cost Available sections
Authors’ Corner $650 0
Human Anatomy $700 0
Mathematicians’ Playground $650 0
Those Wonderful Simple Machines! $650 0

 

Authors’ Corner
Authors’ Corner is a workshop for young people who love to write. Students will write about what is important to them in imaginative fiction, autobiographical narrative, and poetry. Using freewriting, students will practice following their thoughts to discover what ideas they have in their minds. During read-aloud time, the class will identify the techniques authors use to create vivid characters and engaging plots. Each student will create one long fictional story, using what they have learned about plot structure, specific sensory details, metaphors and similes, and dialogue. Field trips to a “haunted house”, cafe, and the beach will allow students to draw inspiration from their experiences in the world.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes per day
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $80 · Total: $650  
ED3431
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Heather MacLeod
Closed
ED3432
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Heather MacLeod
Closed

 

Human Anatomy
In this course, students will study the human body from the inside out. Our exploration of anatomy will consist of hands-on projects, including cell models, lung models, DNA extraction, edible chemistry, reaction time, and microscope investigations. Students will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the inner workings of the body as they dissect bones, muscles, hearts, eyes, and brains (all specimens are fresh and locally inspected). Each student will chronicle his or her body discoveries with the construction of a life-sized body model and a detailed body systems book, which they will present on the last day of class. We will also study some related chemistry, art, mythology (e.g., Achilles’ heel), and history. Parent volunteers are encouraged and welcome to participate in our class.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes per day
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $130 · Total: $700  
ED3433
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Leif Asper & Chuck Vonderheid
Closed
ED3434
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Leif Asper & Chuck Vonderheid
Closed

 

Mathematicians’ Playground
Calling all math lovers! In this course students will dive into mathematical reasoning and risk-taking. We will learn to develop multiple problem-solving strategies, evaluate our results, and explain our thinking to others. We will see how to apply our understanding of number sense, geometry, probability, and algebra to daily, reallife situations. By working both independently and collaboratively, students will find creative solutions and build their mathematical brainpower. This class will provide students with a supportive and fun environment for interaction with other students who love mathematics.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes per day
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $80 · Total: $650  
ED3436
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Jane Lee
Closed

 

Those Wonderful Simple Machines!
In this course, we will learn about simple machines: levers, pulleys, wheels and axles, inclined planes, wedges, and screws. We will study their origins, usefulness, and relationships to other machines. We will have hands-on opportunities with simple machines, draw pictures, and make our own models. While learning that gadgets are based upon the principles of simple machines, we will try to “stump” one another with unusual gadgets. We will learn about Ruben Lucius “Rube” Goldberg and his famous gadget cartoon pictures. As homework each of us will design and build a simple working model of his or her own Rube-Goldberg-inspired gadget. After working a little at home every day in order to plan, assemble, and complete our final course projects by the last day, we will then present them for our Open House.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes per day
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $80 · Total: $650  
ED3437
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Michele Harrison
Closed
ED3438
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Michele Harrison
Closed

 

Exceptionally well-prepared third graders may also apply for course ED3440 The Artists’ Studio.