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Earthworm habitats made by our Storybook Science students

Earthworm habitats – cool!!

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icon-storybook-scienceKindergarten – Grade 1.  Scroll down for photos and reviews.  Scroll down for photos and reviews.

Mythbusters isn’t just for big kids. In this after school science program for students in kindergarten and grade 1, we’ll read a different story each week to our kindergarten and first grade scientists and then conduct hands-on science experiments to test the scientific accuracy, or explore the scientific elements of each story!

When we read Jon Scieszka’s The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs, for instance, we’ll test the power of wind – can it really blow down a house? How does air pressure work? Let’s build our own houses and see if they stand up to our air pump! For Doreen Cronin’s Diary of a Worm, we’ll each build an earthworm habitat to take home!

And guess what we’ll do when we read Bartholomew and the Ooblek?. Yup, it’ll have something to do with SLIME. (Non-toxic and mess-free, of course. Don’t worry – many of us are moms and dads, too).

and ….  by popular demand, we now have FOUR different versions of this class (We call them Storybook Science A,B,C and D.   Classes are completely independent with all different projects. Students may take any or all, in any order.

Each Storybook Science class follows the same format,  but with whole new sets of stories and experiments Ever wonder how a bee hums? In Storybook Science B, we will read the Patricia Polacco’s Bee Tree and then children will build their own bee hummer. We’ll also read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and build periscopes!

In Storybook Science C , we’ll read read about and play with popcorn (and other mini explosions), shadows, density, cars and much more.  Stories include La Petite Rouge by Mike Artell and The Popcorn Book by Tomie de Paola.

In Storybook Science D, we’ll read about polar explorer Matthew Henson and play with magnets … and more!

For those with religious concerns about this class, see this note.

Stories and lessons will vary depending on the interests of our first grade and kindergarten scientists. And yes, we know it’s hard getting kids to talk about what they did that day. That’s why we send a note home a day or two after every class, explaining what we did, what we learned, and what’s next. Sometimes we also include photos or videos! Parents love our notes!


All I know is that each and every time I picked up my son from class the room was a hive of activity full of the excitement that only comes with implementing newfound knowledge. He was thrilled with every project they made. The instructors were so patient as the children never wanted to quit what they were working on and leave. I also really appreciated the detailed feedback that I received each week via email. Thank you for inspiring my son!

-Carderock E.S. Parent, Bethesda, Md.


[My daughter] LOVES your class and is so excited to share with me her experiments and discoveries from class. Thanks for making class so fun & interesting. I love seeing her enthusiastic face & she has no idea right now that she is learning about science!

-Burning Tree E.S. Parent, Bethesda, Md.

Seven meetings, once a week, 60 minutes per meeting. (or 14-21 meetings if you combine classes).
After school sessions only; no evenings.
Minimum: 11 students. Maximum: 14 students. Take-home projects after every class.
Tuition is  $125 per student. Parent aide receives free tuition.

Materials fee: $30 per student.

Get together a group of at five students, and we can send an instructor to teach this class in your home during school hours, in the evening, or on the weekend! Seven 60-min classes, min 5/max 8 students, $150 per student plus $30 materials fee.

Take-home projects after every class.

We handle registration and payment, all you have to do is enjoy the class! Contact us for more info!

May include: archaeology, chemistry, biology, aerodynamics, geology and more!

After school classes are only open to students who attend the hosting school. Register through your school /PTA.

If your school/ PTA does not offer our classes, invite us!

Evening classes are open to students from any school. Register here.

Form a private class in your home with as few as five students! Seven 60-min classes, min 5/max 8 students, $150 per student, plus $30 materials fee per student. Contact us for more info!

Photos from The Great Adventure Lab’s Storybook Science classes!


Parent, Rock View E.S., Kensington, Md. Class: Intro to Video Game Programming, February 2016

My son J. loves the class. What an exciting way to learn! In J.’s spare time, he has gone on his iPad and created some projects on his own.

March 19, 2016

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