Track N-3 Descriptions

Daring and Daunting Division

Which arithmetic operation is the most difficult? Most people think it’s division. Problems like 42÷7=6 are not too hard; you just memorize them. One of the things that makes division difficult is that unlike addition and multiplication, even when you start with two whole numbers, the answer is not always a whole number. Try dividing 43÷8! Hopefully, you already have your division facts memorized, or maybe you are working on them right now, because in this class students learn how to divide things like 542÷7! These problems are harder. You must learn how to solve them.

Fri: Musical Math: Using Division to completed problems.

Sat: Divisibility Rules.

Sun: Divisibility Games!

Life: Classification and Cells

Would you consider a virus to be a life form? Well, it does reproduce, but it’s not what scientists call self-sustaining. This is but one of the big questions we’ll be asking in this class. What is life? What do we consider alive? Well, that depends on the definition of the person, but this is one of the big questions will be asking in this class. We’ll also cover big topics in biology like organisms and biological classification; cell theory and cell structure; cellular transport and metabolism; and cell reproduction and protein synthesis.

Topics covered:

  • Organisms and Biological Classification 
  • Cell Theory and Cell Structure
  • Cellular Transport and Metabolism 
  • Cell Reproduction and Protein Synthesis

Entomology: What Do Bugs Tell Us?

Ever wonder why those ants marching underfoot find their way into our kitchens? Why just one fruit fly can turn into 500 in just 2 weeks, or why fireflies light up the night sky? In this course, students will be exposed to and informed about some of the many insects they find in their daily lives, particularly insects found at crime scenes and aquatic insects. By encouraging respectful interactions with our invertebrate friends, they'll learn that creepy crawlers aren't as creepy as they're made out to be. Each student will leave with positive experiences that reshape the way they view insects and knowledge about what makes them so unique!

Class Highlights:

  • Forensic Entomology background
  • Crime Scene
  • Insects
  • Aquatic Entomology Red Cedar River sampling
  • Maggot Art