The purpose of the Science program is to provide background knowledge in areas of life, Earth and physical science. Scientific concepts are presented along with problem solving through inquiry and exploration.
In First Grade Science, students will learn the science curriculum in thematic units. At this age level, the students have more fluency with language, number sense, and inquiry skills. This allows them to describe patterns, observe different things through experiences, and investigate materials. They will study Life Science, Earth Science, and Human Science through hands on activities, labs, and projects.
In Second Grade Science, students will demonstrate an understanding of scientific inquiry, including the skills, processes, and tools necessary to conduct a simple scientific investigation. In Life Science, students will show knowledge of the needs and characteristics of animals and the way they interact with their own distinct environments. In the Weather unit, students will understand different weather elements and how weather can be observed and measured using tools. From the Magnets unit, students will learn about the force and motion through the properties of magnetism.
In Third Grade Science, students are taught thematic units. These units include: Earth Science, the Solar System, The Human Person, and Physics. The purpose of these units is to create a well-rounded foundation of scientific knowledge that the students can carry with them as they move forward.
In Fourth Grade Science, students will focus on three areas of study. In Life Science, students develop an understanding of living things through classification, the cycles of life, and adaptations for survival. In Earth Science, students understand erosion and deposition through the study of the rock cycle and the changes to the Earth’s surface. In Physical Science, students focus on matter and its properties, forces and motion, simple machines, sound, light and heat, and electricity.
In Fifth Grade Science, students will learn various aspects of Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science. In Life Science, students learn about cells, classifying living things, plant and animal growth, and interactions among living things and their ecosystems. In Earth Science, students learn about Earth and the key cycles of it. In Physical Science, students learn about the properties of matter, as well as about energy, electricity, sound, light, forces, and motion.