Science

Children will have experiences that enable them to understand and confidently use the scientific method. The content areas covered in our curriculum scope and sequence include physical science, life science, earth science, and health. The cornerstones of the scientific method include inquiry, questioning, investigation, observation, and measurement. Reflection and collaboration are important in this process.

In K-1, the meadow habitat is a primary laboratory for exploration and inquiry. Children will become aware of the diversity of animals, plants and living things in that habitat. They will observe interactions of living things in that habitat and become familiar with the changes in plants and animals that occur over time in that habitat. Children will study at least one meadow insect, and first grade students will do a meadow animal project. Grasses, flowers, seeds, insects, birds, and mammals will be observed in this habitat. Students will become aware of how all of their senses are important tools for obtaining information about the meadow. Students will begin to consider what they know about our earth from experiences in this meadow habitat.

The process of investigation will help students realize that becoming involved, remaining open to new ideas, and risking failure are all critical to scientific discovery. In the course of their studies, children will employ the following skills:

Observe

  • Use senses to gain information
  • Look for patterns
  • Describe observations
  • Compare and contrast similarities and differences
  • See continuity and change as exemplified in life cycles and seasonal change.
  • What are characteristics of each season, and what are the impacts of seasonal change?
  • Recognize and describe life cycles
  • Distinguish between relevant and irrelevant observations
  • Describe interactions between living things in an environment
  • Describe how living things respond when exposed to helpful or harmful situations
  • Recognize and describe what makes a habitat and what is important about a particular habitat
  • Recognize and describe needs of living things
  • Describe how and why we care for living things and their habitats
  • Describe how and why we care for seeds and plants
  • Recognize how certain tools help to extend our senses
Record Results of Observations
  • Describe, draw, count and/or measure
  • Record relevant observations using language and pictures
  • Explain their observations and experiences
Ask Questions
  • Learn to identify questions that may lead to exploration and investigation
  • Propose an answer to an initial question
  • Draw simple conclusion based on observations
  • Discuss possible new questions
Gather Information
  • Identify and/or compare sources of information
  • Recognize how we gather information and learn from each other
  • Name materials used in exploration
  • Estimate and/or make predictions
Classify objects according to one or more attributes or properties
  • Identify methods of sorting
  • Describe similarities and differences of objects, organisms, and life cycles
Work cooperatively and respectfully on scientific investigations
  • Share findings with the group or class