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At Applewild, Our Students Learn Best by Doing

18 Sep

By Mrs. Molly Laurano – Teacher of 3-5th Grade Science at Applewild

We believe children learn science best by doing science. Throughout our entire K-8th grade science curriculum, we strive to instill a strong sense of scientific literacy in our students. We emphasize the need to think critically, become familiar with the natural world, its diversity, and its interdependence, and to understand the importance of protecting our environment for generations to come.

Science is an active subject where students learn by observing objects and events.  They then think about how those observations relate to what is known, test their ideas in logical ways, and generate explanations that integrate the new information into the established order.

In the Lower School, we use the Full Option Science System (FOSS) to engage our students.  The FOSS curriculum provides students with hands-on, relevant, and exciting learning experiences, where students’ inquiry drives classroom learning.  The FOSS Program design is based on learning progressions that provide students with opportunities to investigate core ideas in science in increasingly complex ways over time.  This spiral method of learning prepares students not just for older grades, but for life in an ever-changing scientific and technological world.

We are very fortunate to have two wonderful science labs for our Lower Schoolers, and we have curious students who are very interested in the world around them. With Mrs. Lent, first graders will study Air and Weather, Solids and Liquids, and New Plants this year. Second graders will study Insects and Balance and Motion.

With me, Mrs. Laurano, third graders will focus on Electricity and Magnetism, the Human Body, and Earth Materials (including rocks and minerals) this year.  Fourth graders have already plunged into their study of Water, and will progress into learning about the Physics of Sound.  As the year concludes with the study of Ideas and Inventions, fourth graders will design prototypes for their own inventions to be presented in front of families in May.  Fifth graders begin by studying Solar Energy, and will explore the Solar System, including a “mission to Mars” at the Christa McAuliffe Challenger Learning Center.  They will conclude their Lower School science track with an in-depth study of Variables as they design what makes an effective plane.

*Does your child love science, or would you like your child to have more exposure to science in school?  Contact Admissions to find a time for him or her to attend a class here at Applewild –admissions@applewild.org

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