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 have been very busy in science class at Rohan Woods....
So much learning has taken place in the science lab this year. The arrival of the observation honeybee hive and the planting of the spring/summer gardens were a major focus for us this spring. Hopefully your students have a new opinion of honeybees and will convince you to plant a garden. It will be mutually beneficial! This summer, try to get out and get into nature. Visit parks, go camping, visit museums, and PLAY OUTSIDE. This is where the best science happens! Have a great summer!
- Read Quirkles books Ronnie Rock and Susie Sound and experimented with rocks and minerals and sound
- Created slime!
- Studied constellations and learned how to identify a few of the easier to find constellations in the night sky
- Went in the stardome to identify and draw constellations
- Started weather unit
- Created rain gauges to measure rainfall amounts
- Experimented with sound
- Studied the grassland biome and experimented with erosion
- Transplanted prairie plant seedlings to larger pots
- Created working flashlights using two D cell batteries, two brass brads, two wires, a light bulb, a paperclip, a paper towel tube, and a circle of cardboard
- Learned about the pH scale and tested items to find their pH
- Identified simple machines that make up complex machines in factories
- Explored Chaco Canyon since we will visit it next fall on our trip
Middle School Health
- Finished up the reproductive system and studied the human life cycle
- Cared for our spring/summer crops of green beans, corn, pumpkins, zinnias, morning glories, peas, zucchini, sunflowers, watermelon, and nasturtium
- Transplanted prairie seedlings into larger pots
Observation Honeybee Hive
- Continued to observe the hive and note any differences that occur
- Identified baby bees and watched several emerge from their brood cells
- Identified drone cells