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Homeschool Day Series

Piedmont Park Conservancy is hosting Homeschool Day for Field Trips!

Students will come together for a day full of unique, engaging, educational opportunities. We will be offering two field trips each Homeschool Day, sure to captivate students of all ages.

DATES AND PROGRAM OFFERINGS

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19: K-5

10am: Check in begins for Program 1

10:30am-12pm: Program 1 – Needs, Seeds, and Nature: K-2nd grade
Find out what every animal and plant needs to survive, and how they get these basic needs. Take an exploratory hike through Piedmont Park and investigate the plant life cycle! GSE: S1L1, S2L1

12pm: Check in begins for Program 2

12:30pm-2pm: Program 2 – ExCELLent Adventures: 3rd-5th grade
Step into the lab and become a scientist! Through an interactive microscope lab and hands-on collaborative activities, students get a close up of the building blocks of life and learn the differences between plant and animal cells. GSE: S5L3, S7L2a

TUESDAY, MARCH 19: MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL

10am: Check in begins for Program 1

10:30am-12pm: Program 1 – Population Density and Biomass Study: 6th-8th grade
Students use the quadrat method, a plot used in ecology, to isolate a standard unit of area for study of the distribution of a species. This will allow them to determine the population density and calculated biomass of an organism found here in Piedmont Park. In addition, students will consider how the stored energy in that studied biomass is related to the surrounding trophic levels, by applying the ecological rule of thumb equation and constructing a biomass pyramid. Further scientific observations will enable students to develop awareness of how populations are connected within Piedmont Park’s ecosystem. GPS: MGSE6.NS.1-3, MGSE6.EE.6-7, MGSE6.EE.9, MGSE6.SP.1-5, S7L4, MGSE7.NS.1-3, MGSE7.EE.4, MGSE7.SP.1-8, S8P2a,b,c

12pm: Check in begins for Program 2

12:30pm-2pm: Program 2 – Fabulous Fibonacci: 9th-12th grade
Fibonacci’s nifty numbers are an interesting mathematical idea. The prevalence of their appearance in nature makes them an excellent principle to study on the grounds of Piedmont Park. Students will be introduced to Fibonacci numbers, their sequence, and historical origin. Students will explore and identify Fibonacci numbers in nature on a Fibonacci scavenger hunt and hike. We will discuss the relevance of the Fibonacci numbers to science, math, and engineering by designing and constructing Golden Rectangle spiral artwork using the Golden Ratio geometric concepts. GSE: MGSE6.RP.1, MGSE6.RP.3(a), MGSE6.EE.6, MGSE6.G.1, MGSE6.G.3-4, MGSE6.SP.4, MGSE7.RP.1, MGSE7.RP.3, MGSE7.NS.3, MGSE7.EE.4, MGSE7.G.1, MGSE7.G.3, MGSE7.G.6, MGSE7.SP.3-4, MGSE8.EE.5-6, MGSE8.F.5, MGSE8.G.1-2, MGSE8.G.5, MGSE8.SP.4

TUESDAY, APRIL 23: K-5

10am: Check in begins for Program 1

10:30am-12pm: Program 1 – Habitat Hunt: K-2nd grade
Discover all the different habitats that Piedmont Park provides for wildlife on an adventure hike around Lake Clara Meer! Participate in hands-on activities that teach all about what each habitat has to offer, food web interactions, and adaptation. GSE: S3L1, S3L2, S4L1

12pm: Check in begins for Program 2

12:30pm-2pm: Program 2 – Pond Water Web: 3rd-5th grade
Join us at Piedmont Park’s Lake Clara Meer where students will investigate the trophic interactions in freshwater systems and how environmental changes affect a habitat. Identify macroinvertebrates and learn about their importance in a balanced ecosystem. GSE: S3L1, S3L2, S4L1, S5L1a, S5L4

TUESDAY, MAY 21: MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL

10am: Check in begins for Program 1

10:30am-12pm: Program 1 – ExCELLent Adventures: 6th-8th grade
Step into the lab and become a scientist! Through an interactive microscope lab and hands-on collaborative activities, students get a close up of the building blocks of life and learn the differences between plant and animal cells. GSE: S5L3, S7L2a

12pm: Check in begins for Program 2

12:30pm-2pm: Program 2 – Putting Green into Goldberg: 9th-12th grade
Using hands-on techniques, students integrate life science and physical science to address several essential questions: How do the inputs/outputs in a living system affect it’s functioning? How do energy and matter flow in living systems? How can an engineered physical system, with manipulated designed inputs, inform and model how energy moves through natural systems? Students first use mathematical representations to support claims for the cycling of matter and flow of energy among organisms in an ecosystem. Students, inspired by the notion of Rube Goldberg machines, design, construct, and refine (via trial and error problem-solving) a device that converts one form of energy into another.

Program cost is $7 per student (children ages 3+). Payment is due at check-in.

A picnic area is available on a first come first serve basis; bring sack lunches to enjoy in the Park!

We look forward to having your students in the Park for Homeschool Day. For more information or questions regarding the program, please contact the Field Trips Team: 404-875-7275 ext. 325 / fieldtrips@piedmontpark.org