Classes Spring Term 2020 – Online Learning at DCS

 

If you would like to participate in any of our 8-week online classes this term, take a look at the schedule, below, and read the course descriptions, then sign up on this form with your child’s name, age, and which class(es) they would like to participate in. We will get back to you about how to join in the live video conference classes each week. 

Find a whole folder of video tutorials for parents in our Google Drive with information on organizing for distance learning, how to use the DCS app, Zoom tips, digital etiquette, using Google Drive and the CC Lesson Planner and more. 

OMSI Virtual Workshops on Fridays in May

Friday, May 8th 2020 – Geology and Paleontology
Prehistoric Dinos (K-3/4th)– 9:30am – 10:30am
Prehistoric Dinosaurs
GRADES K-3
Students become paleontologists and learn how to reassemble a complete dinosaur from just a few pieces. Topics include adaptations, fossil evidence, fossil formation and paleontology. Up to 34 students
40 minute live Zoom demo followed by interactive live Q&A session with the instructor

School of Rocks (4th-8th) – 12:30pm – 1:30pm
School of Rocks
GRADES 4-8
Young geologists discover the amazing, and sometimes surprising, properties of the rocks beneath our feet. Help an OMSI educator identify a set of mystery minerals, then find out how minerals move through the rock cycle. Topics include rock classification, rock cycle and mineral identification. Feel free to bring a rock or mineral that you have questions about or would like to share at the end!
40 minute live Zoom demo followed by interactive live Q&A session with the instructor

Friday, May 15th 2020 – Chemistry and Forensics
9:30am – 10:30am – Crime Lab (K-5th)
Crime Lab
As they piece together the evidence of a crime scene, students see firsthand how fingerprints, footprints and fibers can help catch a criminal. Topics include forensic science, evidence analysis and analytical thinking. 40 minute live Zoom demo followed by an interactive live Q&A session with the instructor

12:30pm – 1:30pm – Investigating Chemistry (4th-8th)
Investigating Chemistry
GRADES 4-8
Chemicals are like people—no two are exactly alike! In this class, together we will investigate “mystery chemicals” and identify them based on their unique properties, ranging from solubility to flammability. This chemical exploration emphasizes problem-solving techniques and laboratory safety skills. Topics include chemical reactions, changes in state, chemical safety and properties of compounds. 40 minute live Zoom demo followed by an interactive live Q&A session with the instructor

Friday, May 22nd 2020 – Biology & Physiology
9:30am – 10:30am – Move Your Body (K-5th)
MOVE YOUR BODY!
Grades K-5 • 1 hour
Get your kids moving and shaking while investigating the effects of exercise on the human body. Students explore the benefits and science behind exercise. Includes led activities where the students will learn how to take their pulse, practice controlled breathing, or getting their heart rate up. Topics include physical fitness, biology and health.40 minute live Zoom demo followed by an interactive live Q&A session with the instructor

12:30pm – 1:30pm – Squid Dissection (4th-8th)
SQUID DISSECTION
Grades 4-8 • 1 hour
If your students have the guts, so do we—squid guts that is! OMSI educators show proper dissection techniques to explore the insides of a squid and discover firsthand how the beak, ink sac and other adaptations help this odd, underwater organism survive. Topics include anatomy, animal adaptations, dissection and lab procedures. 40 minute live Zoom demo followed by an interactive live Q&A session with the instructor

Friday, May 29th 2020 – Zoology
9:30am – 10:30am – Scales, Claws, and Expanding Jaws (K-4th)
SCALES, CLAWS AND EXPANDING JAWS
Grades K-8 • 1 hour
Students slide, slither and hop into herpetology, the science of reptiles. We’ll get up close with live snakes, lizards and turtles in order to study the features which make this class of animals unique. Discover that snakes are smooth and dry, lizards have no earlobes, and geckos can lick their eyeballs! 40 minute live Zoom demo followed by an interactive live Q&A session with the instructor

12:30pm – 1:30pm – Microscopic Zoo (4th-8th)
MICROSCOPIC ZOO
Grades 4-8 • 1 hour
What amazing creatures live in a single drop of pond water? Students observe how to prepare slides and zoom in on microscopic wonders like the stinging tentacles of a pint-size predator and the beating heart of a tiny, translucent crustacean. This program teaches microscope skills and gives insight into an incredible microscopic world. Topics include animal adaptations, aquatic ecology, habitats and scientific equipment. 40 minute live Zoom demo followed by an interactive live Q&A session with the instructor

Distance Learning / Online Educational Resources

We are constantly adding to our list of online resources to help with home learning – following are some collections of resources that we and other educators have compiled. DCS Parents – we have a spreadsheet of interesting resources here, including usernames and passwords, if you are logged in with your DCS gmail account.