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Science

Children will use the scientific method to study the physical and natural sciences. Through research and inquiry, students will explore themes in:
  • Anatomy and Physiology-e.g., digestive system, nutrition
  • Zoology-e.g., animal behavior
  • Physics-e.g., simple machines
  • Earth and Space Science-e.g., solar system
  • Environmental Studies-e.g., ecology, ecosystems, recycling
The process of investigation will help students realize that becoming involved and remaining open to new ideas are critical to scientific discovery. They will be encouraged to take calculated risks without fear of failure, become involved, and understand and tolerate individual differences. In the course of their studies, children will employ the following skills:

Observe

  • Use senses to gain information
  • Recognize patterns
  • Describe observations
  • Compare and contrast similarities and differences
  • See continuity and changes
  • Distinguish between relevant and irrelevant observations
Classify
  • objects, actions, relationships and data
Measure
  • nonstandard and standard units, using appropriate instruments
Manipulate information
  • Gather and organize data
  • Generalize from data
  • Make predictions
  • Draw a logical conclusion
  • Interpret data
Use the Scientific Method
  • Identify a question
  • Identify variables
  • State hypotheses
  • Design an experiment
  • Carry out an experiment
  • Evaluate results