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Home School Groups

Fairbanks Museum educators work with home school groups to offer a range of learning activities, making use of our amazing museum galleries, our extensive outdoor campus in Danville, and other environments in St. Johnsbury. Our focus is on experiences that make learning fun and memorable for learners in grades K – 8.

Home school families can come individually or in a group to join one or more of these regularly scheduled programs.

Please contact Leila Nordmann, Program Director, to find out more.

Home School Days for 2017:

  • February 24th-Museum 

  • March 17th-Field
  • April 14th-Museum

  • May 26th-Field

  • June 16th-Museum

For Friday, February 24th, here are the classes offered that day:

9:45  Myths In the Sky Planetarium Presentation with Bobby is all ages  

11:00 The Spider Engima, grades K-2 

11:00 Entomophagous, grades 3-8 

12:00 Lunch 

12:30  Let it Snow, grades K-2 

12:30 You Are What You Eat, grades 3-8 

1 class + admission is $8, two classes + admission is $10. Planetarium is $5.  One free adult per child, children ages 5 and up are paying students in each class.

Myths in the Sky

This class is adapted to the knowledge base of the class at hand.  For students who have been studying myths and legends, the museum educator begins with student knowledge, asking them to retell the stories. The characters in those stories and the storylines are illustrated through star patterns.  Students new to the study of myths learn that there are three types of myths related to the night skies: explanation myths, myths inspired by the constellations, and myths that use constellations to retell an established story.

The Spider Enigma

Before you squish that spider, let’s take a closer look at all the good aspects they bring! Did you know there are over 38,000 species and counting? Spiders help our ecosystem by eating harmful insects and pollinating plants. Their webs are spun with careful precision and come in all different designs. Spiders even inspire new technology, too, just ask NASA. We'll get a real insight as to why we should harbor our eight-legged roommates, and we'll make spider webs of our own!

Entomophagous

How do our food choices impact Earth’s resources? How do we feed a growing -human population with these same limited resources. Even though western countries find insects “icky”, many cultures frequently supplement their diet with a variety of arthropods.  We will learn about a few of the 1900 edible insects out there do a little problem solving looking at current diets and environmental issues associated with our food preferences. Class ends with a chance to try an insect. 

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!       

What is snow?  Starting with the creation of snowflakes, students will explore the storms that make them, and, once on the ground, how snow changes the landscape around us.  Younger students will learn how to make six-sided snowflakes, be introduced to the geography of snow, and hear about Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley.  Older students will go deeper into snowstorms, geography and snowfall, touching on the connection between snow and the Ice Age. 

You Are What You Eat: Grades 3-8.   

What does your food, the human body and the periodic table have in common.  This class explores what we eat and why we need certain kinds of food.  Students view pictures of what happens to humans when we don't get the nutrients we need.

For March 17th we will be in the field.

For Friday, April  14th, here are the classes offered that day:

9:45  Where Stars are Born Planetarium Presentation with Sabra is all ages  

11:00 Insect Biomimicry, grades K-2 

11:00 Extra-Terrestrials, grades 3-8 

12:00 Lunch 

12:30  Intro to Microscopes, grades K-2 

12:30 The Honorable Order of Insects, grades 3-8 

1 class + admission is $8, two classes + admission is $10. Planetarium is $5.  One free adult per child, children ages 5 and up are paying students in each class

For May 26th we will be in the field.

For Friday, June 16th, here are the classes offered that day:

9:45  Tonight’s Sky focus on Venus and Solar Eclipse Planetarium Presentation with Mark is all ages  

11:00 Intro to Weather, grades K-2 

11:00 Real Vampires, grades 3-8 

12:00 Lunch 

12:30  Flowers, grades K-2 

12:30 Ancient Insects, grades 3-8 

1 class + admission is $8, two classes + admission is $10. Planetarium is $5.  One free adult per child, children ages 5 and up are paying students in each class