Getting kids excited about science through engaging them about the amazing world of primates and evolution with hands-on in class programs
Primate Tales is Toronto and the GTA’s only affordable science program that comes to your classroom to fill in the gaps in the science curriculum surrounding evolution. We use primates as examples as the are instantly relatable and get students engaged in science. All our programs are hands-on, fun and interactive. The workshops support students in gaining a greater interest in science by tapping into their curiosity about our origins. Our 1 hour classroom programs are geared towards grades 5-12. We are an official TDSB partner for these programs.
We use primates and ideas around evolution to help explore key areas of each grade’s science or social science curriculum and increase science literacy with a variety hands on materials, like our monkey, ape and fossil hominin replica skulls, videos, photos and discussions about the topics covered.
A recent paper by Bayer and Luberda (2016) shows that inquiry-based hands-on learning with hominin skulls helps students gain a greater understanding of evolution. This is what we do at Primate Tales, bring our collection of ape and hominin skulls to engage students with biology and human evolution, so they can better understand these topics and see that they too can be scientists.
We have worked hard to incorporate material that is tightly linked to the Ontario science curriculum. Our presentations introduce and reinforce the concepts that students are learning in class taking the burden off you. We provide worksheets for each program and by the end of the hour you will have an activity to assess the outcomes and expectations covered for the life systems or biology unit, taking the burden off your shoulders.
We also offer assembly science presentations are for up to 200 students from grades 1-12. These give your students a fun and engaging overview of what primates are, why they are important and what your students can do to help protect monkeys, lemurs and great apes.
Compassion and Empathy Program
We have developed a novel approach to teaching students about compassion and empathy with our 1 hour in-class program, the Evolution of Compassion, to use in conjunction with the guidance department at your elementary or high school. We are a recommended presenter for the TDCSB for this program.
The presentation is aimed for students in grade 7 and up. It is different from other anti-bullying programs because it uses biology and science to explain why traits like compassion and empathy have evolved and why these traits were essential to our survival. Students may not understand how crucial it is to engage is these behaviours and how detrimental it can be to engage it hateful, mean and aggressive ways. The program also involves hands-on and interactive activities that get students thinking about the consequences their actions on-line have and how detrimental it can be to the students who are bullied. The program is designed to break down the walls that the internet puts up between the bully and the victim to show students that what they say on the internet is just as bad as saying that to someone’s face. Students step into each others shoes to create empathy and compassion for each other.
Are you looking to book a parent PRO Grant program for your school? We would be happy to work with you to bring our programs to your school.
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