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Science

All Woodland Dragons get to come to the science lab for one hour every other week to experience hands-on science lessons.  These lessons are carefully planned and all follow the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

In kindergarten, students learning physical science investigate the effect of pushes and pulls on different objects.  In life science, we identify the needs of plants and animals, figure out how plants and animals change their environment, and try to come up with solutions on how to reduce the human impact on the environment.  In earth science, we focus on the effect of sunlight on the earth, and look for patterns in the weather.

 First graders spend time figuring out that things make sounds when the vibrate and what they need to see in physical science.  In life science, we spend time looking at what offspring learn from the behavior of their parents, and how we can solve human problems by copying plants and animals.  In earth science, we check out patterns of the sun, moon, and stars, as well as seasonal patterns of daylight throughout a year.

 Second graders learning physical science learn how to classify materials by their properties, learn the differences between solids and liquids, and begin figuring out that some changes can be reversed while others cannot.  In life science we learn about animal and plant habitats, we investigate what plants need to grow, and we try to create a device that mimics a plant being pollinated.  In earth science we spend a lot of time focusing on the differences between things that change the earth slowly, and things that change the earthy quickly.  Students also learn about shapes of land and bodies of water, as well as where water is found on earth. 

 There is nothing laid out by NGSS specifically for TK but that doesn’t stop them from getting their share of science!  We get them pumped and prepped for their K-2 science experience by introducing them to concepts like the five senses, force and motion, matter (solids, liquids, and gases), chemistry, floating and sinking, as well as the Engineering Design Process.