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Grades K-4

K-4 Science

The science curriculum fosters students’ curiosity while teaching the scientific method of investigation. All ability levels are taken into account with the science activities so that each child is successful.

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  • Kindergarten

    Kindergarten students are introduced to the idea of science and are encouraged to ask questions and explore the world around them. Hands-on activities enable students to practice the skills necessary for working together.

    • Students explore the different things scientists do as well as the tools they use as scientists. They also learn about the senses and how scientists use them to explore our world.
    • Students begin the year developing an understanding of how scientists uses their senses to problem solve and make observations about our world.
    • Students learn about various life cycles and observe a butterfly through these stages.
    • Students go on an underwater exploration as they swim through concepts during a unit on oceanography.
    • Students blast off into space and learn how Earth is the perfect planet in our solar system to support life.
    • Students study balance, animals, food and other aspects of the circus as they go on a “Big Top” science adventure.
  • First Grade

    First grade students learn how to identify a problem, and predict and test results using hands-on experimentation. These activities also enable students to practice the skills necessary for working together.
     
    • Students explore the different things scientists do, as well as the tools they use as scientists. They also learn about the senses and how scientists use them to explore our world.
    • “Bees, Ants, and Butterflies, oh my!”—students explore what an insect is by observing its characteristics.
    • Students explore seasons, change, and various types of weather.
    • Students travel to the rainforest and discover the rich array of animals and resources found in theses habitats. Students also gain a deeper understanding of how we can protect these environments by reducing reusing, and recycling.
    • Students study major parts of the human body and their functions
    • Students get a first hand experience with engineering by designing boats, buildings, and other various structures.
  • Second Grade

    In second grade, students study physical, earth, and life science as the main focus of the science curriculum. Students question, observe, classify, measure, predict, experiment, interpret data, create hypotheses and draw conclusions. Students learn to use the scientific method of critical thinking to solve everyday problems.
     
    • Students learn about the planets and study the sun, moon, and earth. They make moon craters and experiment with gravity. Students then design a space suit that would be suitable to meet our human needs.
    • Students learn the main parts of a plant, how plants develop from seeds and bulbs, as well as various growth patterns and how things grow and change over time.
    • Students are introduced to simple machines and discover the many uses we have for them in our everyday world.
    • Students explore magnets and their properties.
    • Students learn about dinosaurs and investigate what the world was like when they ruled the world. Students also examine how fossils are formed over time.
  • Third Grade

    Third grade students use the skills and concepts they learned in lower grades to study many aspects of our world and space. Students actively explore their environment encouraging them to become life-long learners who use critical and higher order thinking skills to enhance their scientific literacy.
     
    • Students use description, comparison, and classification to do an in-depth study of animals.
    • Students learn what animals need to survive as well as the differences between a vertebrates and invertebrates.
    • Students explore the three states of matter as well as what happens to a drop of water after it leaves the sky. Students also discuss the sources of our drinking water and discover why Earth is called “The Water Planet”.
    • Students experiment with acids and bases to better understand just how important they are to our daily lives.
    • Students learn about the atmosphere and study air as a substance during a weather unit.
    • Students are introduced to basic programming with Lego Robotics. Students build various models to meet design challenges.
  • Fourth Grade

    Fourth grade science students use the concrete world as a springboard for scientific study. Students practice formulating hypotheses, observing, collecting data, and drawing conclusions based on evidence gathered from their inquiries. Using this methodology, students actively explore their environment encouraging them to become life-long learners who use critical and higher order thinking skills to enhance their scientific literacy.
     
    • Students explore the properties of sound, how sounds are made, and how they travel through different types of material.
    • Students study the properties of light, its differences and similarities with sound, reflection, absorption, and the creation of shadows.
    • Students learn about static and current electricity including simple circuits, insulators and conductors.
    • Students study the layers of the earth, the properties of rocks and minerals, erosion, and the rock cycle.
    • While studying the life cycle of plants and plant structure, students plan and execute a plant experiment gathering data, graphing results, and presenting a conclusionStudents learn about the atmosphere and study air as a substance during a weather unit.
    • Students are introduced to basic programming with Lego Robotics. Students build various models to meet design challenges.
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