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 at Rohan Woods School have been very busy in the science lab lately...
- Read Quirkles books Mary Motion, Nosy Nina, and Ollie Oxygen
- experimented with ramps to find out if a bigger ramp will make a marble roll farther
- tested our sense of smell and experimented to see how smell affects taste
- observed fire and learned that fire eats oxygen
- experimented with thermometers to learn how they work
- investigated motion and how things move
- observed pushes and pulls in our building
- started researching planets
- created our own geodes
- experimented with finding fossils in rock and extracting them from rock
- learned about and created models of the Earth's four layers
- investigated what the crust is made of and what is in the different layers of Earth's crust
- completed states of matter unit with a quiz
- started biome unit
- investigated six of Earth's main biomes
- researching animals that live at our zoo and in the biomes on Earth
- field trip to zoo to observe our researched animals
- continued study of land and water interactions
- experimented with building damns, how rocks and hills change the direction and flow of water, slope, and plants
- visited Litzsinger Road Ecology Center to observe land and water interactions
- completed unit on Earth's resources with a quiz
- conducted dissection of an Earthworm
- observed and experimented with kinetic and potential energy, law of conservation of energy, energy transfer, and friction
- built electromagnets and simple motors
- took quiz on magnetism unit
- studied matter and atoms
- made atomic models
- continued study of nutrition
- completed study of the nervous system
- started study of the cardiovascular system