Science

Science is the one subject that kids come to school already knowing how to do. While students still have a lot of science knowledge to gain, they have plenty of experience being scientists. They’ve spent years exploring bugs, constructing buildings, taking things apart, and observing mud. The key is to tap into that curiosity and motivation; you know, the kind that sent them, as toddlers, to explore every nook and cranny of your home!

What we learn

Fourth grade students learn about the following:

  • Physical Science:
    • Data Analysis
    • Magnetism and electricity
    • Matter
    • Forms of energy
  • Earth Science:
    • Sun, Moon and Earth
  • Life Science:
    • Plants

Fifth grade students learn about these topics:

  • Physical Science:
    • Force and motion
  • Earth Science:
    • Astronomy
  • Life Science:
    • Genetics, Heredity and Body Systems
    • Human Growth and Development
  • Scientific Processes:
    • Studying People Scientifically

How it works

We begin each unit by completing one or more science experiments that help the students experience first-hand the concepts we are learning. After the experiments, we supplement the first-hand learning with information from the science text. The unit is concluded with a test or project to demonstrate learning.

Getting a grade

The science grade is built from the following types of assignments:

  • Science experiments in fourth grade are graded based primarily on effort using the check-plus, check, check-minus scale. These assignments are typically worth 4 points. Fifth grade experiments are graded using the letter grade scale and can worth 5-15 points.
  • Review worksheets or quizes are graded on accuracy using the letter grade scale. These assignments are usually worth about 10 points.
  • Science tests or projects are graded using the letter grade scale. These assignments are usually worth about 30-50 points.

This page last updated August 31, 2011 @ 4:22 pm.