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Evening Program Goals and Objectives
Grade Level 8

About Evening Programs
Listed below are the evening programs that work well for this grade level. The objectives that will be covered are listed after a short description of each program. If there are particular objectives that you want to make sure we cover, please let us know what your specific needs are.




Survival on the Coast:
Emphasizes the connection between social studies and science with demonstrations of skills used by coastal Native Americans and later cultures.

Main Curriculum Area: Social Studies

Social Studies Competency
Goal 1
Impact of Geography
The learner will assess the influence of geography on the economic, social, and political development of North Carolina.

Objectives
1.3 Analyze ways North Carolinians have modified, used, and adapted to the physical environment.

Social Studies Competency
Goal 2
Impact of Exploration
The learner will evaluate the effects of early contacts between various European nations and Native Americans.

Objectives
2.1 Identify Native-American cultures and evaluate their contributions to North Carolina culture.

2.2 Describe and explain differences between Native Americans and Europeans in their attitudes toward the use of natural resources.

2.3 Describe the influence of trading contacts on relations between Native Americans and Europeans in North America.
First in Flight:
Showcases our live birds of prey with additional stations covering the history of flight in NC, properties of air, mechanics of flight, bird beak and raptor adaptations. This outdoor or indoor program is suitable for groups of all sizes.

Main Curriculum Area: Science
Other Curriculum Areas: Social Studies

Science Competency
Goal 4
The learner will build an understanding of motion and forces.

Objectives
4.01 Analyze gravity as a universal force.

4.02 Demonstrate ways that simple machines can change force.

4.03 Analyze simple machines for mechanical advantage and efficiency.

4.04 Determine how the force of friction retards motion.

Social Studies Competency
Goal 2
Impact of Changes Since 1945
The learner will judge the continuing significance of social, economic, and political changes since 1945 and draw conclusions about their effects on contemporary life.

Objectives
11.2 Evaluate the importance of technological innovations and advances on quality of life in North Carolina and the nation.
Challenge Night:
Features large group activities designed to enhance group self-esteem and cooperation. Good for any size group of 5th grade or older students (please let us know about any previous group-building activities.)

Main Curriculum Area: English
Other Curriculum Areas: Science
(Please tell us if you specifically want to cover these goals.)

English Competency
Goal 3
The learner will continue to refine the understanding and use of argument.

Objectives
3.02 Refine the use of the problem-solution process by:
  • evaluating problems and solutions within various texts and situations.
  • utilizing the problem-solution process within various contexts/situations.
English Competency
Goal 4
The learner will continue to refine critical thinking skills and apply criteria to evaluate text and multimedia.

Objectives
4.02 Develop (with limited assistance) and apply appropriate criteria to evaluate the quality of the communication by:
  • drawing conclusions based on evidence, reasons, or relevant information.
  • considering the implications, consequences, or impact of those conclusions.

4.03 Use the stance of a critic to:

  • consider alternative points of view or reasons.
  • remain fair-minded and open to other interpretations.
  • construct or review.
Science Competency
Goal 4
The learner will build an understanding of motion and forces.

Objectives
4.02 Demonstrate ways that simple machines can change force.

4.03 Analyze simple machines for mechanical advantage and efficiency.

Underground Railroad:
Habitat study groups, acting as escaped slaves, recreate the flight to freedom during the pre-Civil War time period. This outdoor program is best suited for 36 or more students and requires a back-up plan in case of rain. A minimum of 5-10 chaperones (depending on your group size) will role-play various characters on the Underground Railroad.

Main Curriculum Area: Social Studies
Other Curriculum Areas: English

Social Studies Competency
Goal 1
Impact of Geography
The learner will assess the influence of geography on the economic, social, and political development of North Carolina.

Objectives
1.1 Determine the absolute and relative location of physical and cultural features.

1.2 Describe the physical and cultural aspects of North Carolina places.

Social Studies Competency
Goal 6
Impact of the Antebellum Period
The learner will assess the role of North Carolina in events of the Antebellum Era.

Objectives
6.4 Describe the history and status of minorities and women in the antebellum period.

Social Studies Competency
Goal 7
Impact of the Civil War and Reconstruction
The learner will trace the causes and events and judge the effects of Civil War and Reconstruction on North Carolina.

Objectives
7.1 Trace the development of sectionalism in North Carolina and the nation, and analyze the influence of slavery on this phenomenon.

English Competency
Goal 1
The learner will use language to express individual perspectives through analysis of personal, social, cultural, and historical issues.

Objectives
1.03 Interact in group activities and/or seminars in which the student:
  • shares personal reactions to questions raised.
  • clarifies, illustrates, or expands on a response when asked to do so, and asks classmates for similar expansion.

1.04 Reflect on learning experiences by:

  • evaluating how personal perspectives are influenced by society, cultural differences, and historical issues.
  • appraising changes in self throughout the learning process.
  • evaluating personal circumstances and background that shape interaction with text.
Beach Walk/Turtle Talk:
Casual yet informative. Students study our endangered sea turtles and the night creatures of the beach/dune area. This outdoor program is best suited for 60 or less students and requires a back-up plan in case of rain.

Main Curriculum Area: Science
Other Curriculum Areas: Social Studies


Science Competency
Goal 2
The learner will build an understanding of population dynamics.

Objectives
2.01 Evaluate data related to population growth, along with problems and solutions:
  • Waste disposal.
  • Food supplies.
  • Disease control.
  • Resource availability.
  • Transportation.

2.02 Conclude that some ecosystem resources are finite.

2.03 Explain how changes in habitat may affect organisms.

Social Studies Competency
Goal 2
Impact of Changes Since 1945
The learner will judge the continuing significance of social, economic, and political changes since 1945 and draw conclusions about their effects on contemporary life.

Objectives
11.2 Evaluate the importance of technological innovations and advances on quality of life in North Carolina and the nation.
Night Hike:
Small group experiments and activities illuminate the wonders of night vision and our nocturnal neighbors. This outdoor program is best suited for 60 or less students and requires a back-up plan in case of rain. This program is only available from mid-November to mid-March (when the time changes and it is dark after dinner.)

Pirate Program:
Discovering myths and facts about pirates and privateers, students use problem solving skills to determine whether or not the recently-found wreck in Beaufort Inlet is Blackbeard's ship the Queen Anne's Revenge. This outdoor or indoor program is best suited for groups of 48 or less students.

Main Curriculum Area: Social Studies
Other Curriculum Areas: English


Social Studies Competency
Goal 3
Impact of Colonization
The learner will analyze important economic, social, religious, and political aspects of life in colonial North America.

Objectives
3.2 Analyze the influence of various groups on colonial life in America.

3.3 Identify and assess the role of prominent colonial figures.

English Competency
Goal 3
The learner will continue to refine the understanding and use of argument.

Objectives
3.03 Create arguments that persuade by:
  • engaging the audience by establishing a context, creating a persona, and otherwise developing interest.
  • developing a controlling idea that makes a clear and knowledgeable judgment.
  • arranging details, reasons, and examples effectively and persuasively.
  • anticipating and addressing reader/listener concerns and counter-arguments.
English Competency
Goal 4
The learner will continue to refine critical thinking skills and apply criteria to evaluate text and multimedia.

Objectives
4.02 Develop (with limited assistance) and apply appropriate criteria to evaluate the quality of the communication by:
  • drawing conclusions based on evidence, reasons, or relevant information.
  • considering the implications, consequences, or impact of those conclusions.
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