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 Andy Acid and Botanist Bert from the "Quirkels" book series
- explored acids and bases
- made hypotheses about whether or not white flowers will turn color in different colored water
- explored the needs of an animal
- learned about the concepts of "wants" vs. "needs"
- explored and experimented with different scientific tools
- worked collaboratively
- learned what the term "property" means in science and identified properties of different items
- learned about what a native plant is
- explored the native prairie habitat in our garden
- prepared for a field trip to Litzsinger Road Ecology Center to tour their native prairies
- learned the three main units of metric measurement
- took notes
- worked with a triple beam balance to find the mass of different items in grams
- estimated the mass of items before actually finding the mass
- prepared for their trip to the Huntsman Marine Science Center in New Brunswick, Canada
- took part in a week long, hands-on, intensive study on marine biology
- have started preparing a presentation about their trip, what they learned, and how they used their leadership skills while in Canada
- Our bees absconded in early August
- We were able to get new bees a few days before school started, so the bees started the new year at the same time we did
- Our new queen is out and laying eggs
- So far, the bees seem to like their new home