The holiday season is always filled with joy and excitement, and the Lower School has certainly been buzzing with activity these last few weeks.

The buzzing found its way into our home one morning last week, and I could not help but smile as I found my daughter showing Red (our Elf on the Shelf) how the humming bee that she had made in Science Lab worked. She was so excited as she twirled her creation around in circles to make the sound of a humming bee, and the “buzz” at the breakfast table was all about the cool things that she got to do in science at Ravenscroft.

There really are some cool things happening in Lower School and it is the season for science!

  • Pre-Kindergarten students are learning about the properties of water and ice and doing experiments while making predictions about freezing and melting.

 

  • Kindergarten students just finished a unit of study on trees where they observed and compared the trees on our campus while learning about the different parts of trees. (They also made the cool humming bees in Science Lab!)

 

  • First-graders have been enjoying their study of rocks and minerals and are learning how to be geologists by examining rock collections and determining the vocabulary terms that best describe the characteristics of each rock.

 

  • Second-graders designed and created their own catapults and conducted experiments to see which objects would travel farther when shot out of the catapult. Students followed all of the steps of the scientific method and then wrote detailed lab reports to explain their findings.

 

  • Third-graders have been  learning more the sun, moon and stars. They are observing the moon at home in order to complete a moon log while also reading about the moon phases in class. The students made moon models in science lab to understand how it appears to change its shape throughout the month.

 

  • Fourth grade students rotate through teachers and different units of study each quarter, and the four different classes have been learning the following:

    • Light: learning about reflection and refraction, different types of mirrors and lenses, and the effects these lenses and mirrors have on an image.

    • Human Body: learning about the heart and respiratory system, and how we invent technology to increase the power of our senses.

    • Plants: learning about the parts of a flower and planting their own winter crops (that they’ve grown from seed), tree leaves, and the rings across the trunk as a way to identify the type of tree.

    • Weather: learning about the layers of the atmosphere and how they mix, weather vocabulary, and creating graphs that display the weather conditions over the course of a month.

 

  • Fifth-graders have been learning about the engineering process and how it can be used to help solve many of the problems we are facing in our world and daily lives. Students identified a problem that could potentially be solved by applying what they learned about the engineering process and designed their own invention to solve the problem. They built a prototype or working model of their invention, tested it, received feedback from peers, and made improvements and adjustments.

 

No wonder the Lower School is buzzing– our young scientists are learning early how to gain knowledge of the physical and material through observation and experimentation.

 

‘Tis the season for science in Lower School!

 

The classroom science learning is supported and enhanced by the explorations that occur in Science Lab with Mr. Knox. To keep up with all the excitement in science, please visit Mr. Knox’s science blog:  http://blogs.ravenscroft.org/ls-science-lab/

Image from: http://nisd.net/academics/elementary-science

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