Science

Our District science curriculum is supported by District created hands-on science kits. We will complete four units of study this year: The senses, hot and cold, color, light and shadows, and seeds and bulbs. The children will use scientific skills such as observing, classifying, comparing, prediction, exploring, inferring and drawing conclusions, as we complete each unit. Our District curriculum also provides opportunities for children to discover science in the world around them as we observe and discuss seasonal changes and categorize living and non-living things by their attributes.

                                  
                  Matching sound eggs to pictures of what's inside                                     Planting bulbs with a 4th grade buddy
                            

      
     How many paperclips will this magnet hold?


Home Support
Science is all around us.  The activities you do in your home everyday provide lots of opportunities for discussion which helps guide scientific thought. Activities such as cooking, gardening and household chores provide opportunities to wonder about why something happens, predict what will happen when you do something and compare, quantify and measure. As you explore outdoor spaces together encourage your child to slow down and observe. Ask "I wonder why" questions about things you observe. It's okay to not know the answers.  Think of how you could find those answers  together. 

Children frequently develop interests based on something they have found or observed. If your child is interested in picking up and collecting colorful fall leaves, for example, use that interest to encourage your child to collect and compare them.  Use the internet or library books to find out the names of the collected leaves.  Provide paper, crayons and pencils for your child to record observations. Read stories about leaves. Ask questions about leaves:  When we fold this leaf in half, is it the same on both sides, or is one side bigger than the other? Can you find any other leaves like this one?  Can you sort your leaves in some way? Can you sort them a different way? How did you sort them and why?  I wonder why the leaves change colors? What will happen is we leave our leaves on the table just like this for a few days?  

Questions often lead to more questions, which is really what science is all about.