Grade 5 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 5 programs available for overnight in-residence:

You can choose from one of the four programs below for the first day and a different one for the second day.  History can be done over two days.

  1. Science: Electricity & Magnetism (November through April)
    Hands-on activities will help students to learn the relationship between electricity and magnetism. They will also study magnetic fields and conductors, insulators and resistors. The knowledge gained can be applied in the Science: Mechanisms Using Electricity program.  
     
  2. Science: Mechanisms Using Electricity
    Using knowledge gained in Science: Electricity & Magnetism, students will experiment with wiring a circuit in series and parallel, and adding switches to these circuits. They will then build electrical devices for a variety of purposes. Devices could include battery-powered vehicles, fans, burglar alarms and circuit boards.
     
  3. Science: Wetland Ecosystems - Pond Study (September, October, May & June)
    Pond explorations focusing on pond plants and animals, collection and identification, life cycles, food chains, food webs and human impact. The students will use a variety of equipment to collect and study various species.

  4. Social Studies: Histories & Stories of Ways of Life in Canada (Year Round)
    Activities will explore the native lifestyle before European contact and learn the reasons for diverse native cultures. Students will also have the unique opportunity to view and handle relevant artifacts. Role-play, costumes and simulation activities will be used to support and encourage critical thinking.


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​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 5 programs available for day programs:

  1. Science: Classroom Chemistry (November through April) 
    Students will carry out a variety of hands-on laboratory experiments using common household materials. Wearing lab aprons, student scientists will: explore the properties of water, identify solutions as being acidic or basic, produce carbon dioxide, experiment with mixtures and solutions, observe crystal formation, test the surface properties of water and observe or carry out chemical reactions. All findings will be recorded in a student booklet.
     
  2. Science: Electricity & Magnetism: Topic A (November through April)
    Hands-on activities will help students learn the relationship between electricity and magnetism, to identify and interpret evidence of magnetic fields, and to distinguish between conductors, insulators and resistors. Students will construct simple circuits using D-cells, bulbs and wires. They will also learn to develop and interpret circuit diagrams.
     
  3. Science: Mechanisms Using Electricity: Topic B (November through April)
    Using knowledge gained in Electricity & Magnetism Topic A, students will experiment with wiring a circuit in series and parallel, and adding switches to these circuits. They will then build electrical devices for a variety of purposes. Devices could include battery-powered vehicles, fans, lunch box alarms, burglar alarms and circuit boards. Note: Science: Electricity & Magnetism: Topic A must be completed before participating in Topic B.
     
  4. Science: Wetland Ecosystems - Pond Study (September, October, May & June)
    Students will partake in lab studies, field investigations, games and group discussions to explore the Wetland Ecosystem. Students will learn about the interactions between pond organisms and the role of each organism as part of a food web. Also explored is the effect of human actions on the preservation and destruction of wetland habitats. 
     
  5. Social Studies: Histories & Stories of Ways of Life in Canada (Year Round)
    Activities will explore the native lifestyle before European contact and learn the reasons for diverse native cultures. Students will also have the unique opportunity to view and handle relevant artifacts. Role-play, costumes and simulation activities will be used to support and encourage critical thinking. Half of this program takes place inside, the other half outside.
     
  6. 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.
  7. Outdoor Pursuits & Team Building: Animal Survival (Year Round) The 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Outdoor Pursuits & Team Building: Initiative Tasks (Year Round)
    Initiative games 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.

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Travelling Program - Have the Bennett Centre come to you!  

  1. Social: Travelling Histories & Stories of Ways of Life in Canada: Half Day 
    (October through April)
    This half-day program will expose your students to a broad overview of Canada's early history including: voyageurs, coureurs de bois, French Canada, English Canada, Métis, French and English fur trading posts with brief mention of the United Empire Loyalists and the NWMP.

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