Grade 4 Programs

Overnight In-Residence Programs

An overnight residence experience is the most significant program choice at the Bennett Centre.  A wide range of program options is available but our primary focus is on Division II science and social studies.

Students will partake in hands on, curriculum-based activities and gain many benefits from their experience, including increased social skills; enhanced team building skills and unique lifelong memories.

Our facility is designed to meet the needs for up to two classes (64 people) participating in programs of 2-day or 3-day duration. All instruction, equipment, resources, meals, snacks, student booklets, evening programming (if needed) and overnight supervision is provided by the Bennett Centre. We stress a positive learning atmosphere and hands-on teaching methods. View additional information and requirements for overnight in-residence programs.

Grade 4 programs available for overnight in-residence:

You can choose one of the three programs below to be done on the first day and a different program for the second day.  History can be done over two days. 

  1. Science: Wheels & Levers (November through June)
    Construction (using Lego Dacta) of simple levers, pulleys and gears combined with outside experimentation using different kinds of levers and pulley systems. 
     
  2. Vehicles & Devices (November through April)
    Students will build a device or vehicle that moves or performs a function based on the principles of simple machines. They will explore various means of propulsion and evaluate their vehicle based on the effectiveness of the design.
     
  3. Social Studies: The Stories, Histories and People of Alberta (Year Round)
    This program brings the curriculum to life by engaging students in two very active simulations. The first emphasizes the early native "subsistence" life style prior to European contact. The second recreates a Métis bison hunt as a highlight to the broader emphasis of Métis culture. Both are conducted with the intent of developing the student's ability to interpret history and think critically about the information presented. As a two day residence program, students will also be involved in a very active simulation that recreates the interactions of the natives, Métis, missionaries, fur traders and the NWMP. Coupled with an in depth look and feel of trading post items and other fur trade artifacts, the students will derive a very comprehensive view of Alberta's history. Half of this program is indoors and the other half is outside.

    View Overnight In-Residence Program Rates


Day Programs

To view more detailed information about a program including what to bring and the SLEs covered, please click the title of the program you are interested in to download the program overview.


A day program experience is a shortened version of the overnight in-residence program.  A wide range of activities is available but our primary focus is Division II science and social studies. We stress a positive learning atmosphere and hands-on teaching methods.

All programs are scheduled to begin at 9:30 am and end between 2:30 and 3:00 pm. Instruction, equipment, resources, and student booklets will be supplied. Some bookings may be assigned to a different location. The booking information package you will receive by email will provide you with additional information. View additional information and requirements for day programs

Grade 4 programs available for a day program:

  1. Science: Wheels & Levers (November through June)
    Students will be given an opportunity for hands-on exploration of wheels, levers, pulleys and gears. Working with Lego Dacta students will construct models of levers, simple gears and pulleys. At outside stations, students will experiment and work with life-sized pulleys and levers.
     
  2. Science: Vehicles & Devices That Move (November through April)
    Students will build a device or vehicle that moves or performs a function based on the principles of simple machines. They will explore various means of propulsion and evaluate their vehicle based on the effectiveness of the design.
     
  3. Science: Light & Shadows (November through April)
    Students will learn about light by carrying out a variety of hands-on activities. They will use a range of equipment such as prisms, microscopes and flashlights to manipulate and discover the effects and sources of lights.
     
  4. Social Studies: The Stories, Histories and People of Alberta (Year Round)
    This day-length program brings the curriculum to life by engaging students in role playing and story telling. Students will partake in two simulation activities with the first emphasizing the early native subsistence (hunter/gatherer) lifestyle prior to European contact. The second recreates a Métis bison hunt as a highlight to the broader emphasis of Métis culture and lifestyle. Both are conducted with the intent of developing the student's ability to interpret history and think critically about the information presented. Half of this program is indoors and the other half is outside.
  5. Social Studies & Outdoor Pursuits: Orienteering (Year Round)
    Students progress through a series of mapping exercises, beginning with a room map, then a yard map and finishing with a visit to a nearby city park for a more challenging mapping experience. This program can be done as a full day or in combination with Initiative Tasks or Animal Survival.

  6. Outdoor Pursuits & Team Building: Animal Survival (Year Round) This game is an active, outdoor, tag game dealing with nature's predator-prey relationships. This program works well with a combination of Orienteering or Initiative Tasks.

  7. Outdoor Pursuits & Team Building: Cooperative Games (Year Round)
    A wide range of opportunities for promoting a cooperative attitude using quiet, noisy, small group, large group, indoor and outdoor settings.

  8. Outdoor Pursuits & Team Building: Initiative Tasks (Year Round)
    Initiative tasks are designed to promote group cooperation and enjoyment while participating in problem-solving activities that challenge the physical and mental abilities of students. Students will be exposed to new ways of communicating, thinking and problem solving.

           View Day Program Rates 


Travelling Program - Have the Bennett Centre come to you!  

  1. Science: Wheels & Levers: Half Day (October through April) 
    In your school students will have the opportunity to work with LEGO DACTA and construct models involving gears, levers and more.

  2. Social: Travelling Stories, Histories & People of Alberta: Half Day (October through April)
    Our costumed fur trader will lead your students through a series of activities that will illustrate how historians interpret history. An excellent introduction for students to Native lifestyle and how and why the fur trade developed.

    View Travelling Program Rates