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:

  • Energy Conversions
  • Vision and Light
  • Earth’s Features
  • Waves, Energy, and Information

Fifth grade students learn about these topics:

  • Modeling Matter
  • The Earth System
  • Ecosystem Restoration
  • Space

How it works

Students will receive a science notebook that they will use to record ideas. They will learn science concepts through experiments, computer simulations, models, and reading small books in class. Each unit is concluded with a written scientific explanation to demonstrate learning.

Getting a grade

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

  • Science experiments and other notes in the notebook are graded based primarily on effort using the check-plus, check, check-minus scale. These assignments are typically worth 4 points each.
  • Science tests, writing, or projects are graded using the letter grade scale. These assignments are usually worth about 30-50 points and may also be graded based on a rubric or checklist given to students.

This page last updated September 9, 2019 @ 5:05 pm.