Science Lab starts with our Junior Kindergarten (age 4). They visit one time per week to help them transition into science in a laboratory setting. Their curriculum centers around the Quirkles book series. Each week students investigate a new science concept by reading a story and conducting a hands-on experiment.
Senior Kindergarten and First Graders visit twice a week, while the Second through Sixth Grades visit three days a week. The science program for Senior Kindergarten through Sixth Grades focuses on four basic areas: earth sciences, biology, chemistry, and physics. The curriculum spirals, meaning that all four of these concepts are repeated at increasing levels of difficulty as the student progresses through the grades. The students are required to demonstrate an increasingly sophisticated understanding of the concepts that are presented. The approach is very experiential incorporating many hands-on activities. A challenging curriculum is created using note taking skills, laboratory experiments, projects, multi-draft lab reports, tests and quizzes. Leadership skills are practiced during small group lab work.
The Health curriculum is introduced in Fifth and Sixth grades and focuses on human body systems, human growth and development, and diet and exercise.
Students in all grades are involved in the planting, care, and harvesting of our six raised garden beds. During the warmer months, crops are grown in all of the beds. During the winter months, beds are planted with cold hardy crops and covered with a low tunnel system so that your child can garden year round. When possible, crops are harvested and your child will participate in the preparation of recipes using what was grown.
Students in all grades participate in the observation and care of our observation honeybee hive. The hive acts as a catalyst for study in a myriad of different ways within the science curriculum.
Students have been very busy at Rohan Woods in the science lab...
- learned about heat, problem solving, and aerodynamics by reading Quirkles books and hands-on experiments
- experimented with how camouflage helps animals
- identified how feet are adapted for different animal needs
- created a monarch habitat for our monarch butterfly
- experimented to find plant adaptations
- learned how to use a double pan balance and experimented with the concept of mass
- tested soil samples from RWS to determine what parts of soil are in the RWS soil
- learned about properties of rocks
- completed a mineral mystery
- dissected flowers to learn about their parts
- learned how seeds are dispersed and experimented with this concept
- dissected fruit to see how they are a "suitcase" for seeds
- reviewed for and took a quiz over plants
- learned about and experimented with the 8 main moon phases
- reviewed for and took a quiz over light and space
- took a quiz over plant and animal cells
- started unit on Earth's resources
- learned about and experimented with water on Earth
- learned about and experimented with soil
- learned about water pollution and completed lab to clean up an oil spill
- carried out their experiments they designed
- wrote and edited multi-draft lab reports about their experiments
- started magnet unit
- investigated poles
- built a simple compass and used it to complete a scavenger hunt
- continued nutrition unit
- took quiz over main muscles of the muscular system
- started nervous system unit