Science

Through investigation Middle School students develop and utilize a scientific vocabulary and build on skills learned in the Lower School as they classify, compare and contrast, construct models and express ideas creatively. They make observations, examine and interpret data, keep systematic records, measure in the metric system, manipulate information mathematically and use scientific tools. In the process, students become well-grounded in independent research, collaborative problem solving and critical thinking.
  • Grade 4 Science

    A hands-on approach to understanding science concepts
    •Topics: measuring in metrics, vermicomposting, consumer product testing, forensic science, chemistry, botany, engineering
    •Process: using the scientific method, laboratory investigations, stereo microscope training, dissection, note taking, drawing from nature, making conclusions after examining data, assembling written work into portfolios
    •International Primary Curriculum unit connections: Brainstorm (how we learn), Moving People (migration), Building a Village (settlements), What a Wonderful World (The Natural World) and Investigators (Scientific Enquiry) - see below

    Investigators
    The goal of this unit is to get our students to learn how to investigate, test, observe and record. Science should be about doing, not just reading or knowing about things that they found on the Internet or in a textbook. The students are going to be given the skills to investigate and discover the world around them with a hands-on approach. Learning includes:
    • finding out several different ways to investigate in science
    • designing investigations so they are reliable
    • learning about ways to collect, record, interpret and present our recordings



  • Grade 5 Science

    A hands-on approach to understanding science concepts
    •Topics: simple machines, astronomy, ecology
    •Process: using the scientific method, research projects and presentations, laboratory investigations, laboratory report format, dissection, estuary field work, Delta Science Modules
    •International Primary Curriculum unit connections: Brainstorm (how we learn), The Global Swap Shop (trading), Making Things Go (energy and fuels), Our Place in Space (astronomy)
  • Grade 6 Life Science

    A hands-on approach to understanding the nature of living things
    • Topics: scientific method, metric system, cell anatomy and physiology, genetics, evolution, microbiology, basic animal comparative anatomy and physiology, human anatomy and physiology 
    • Process: research projects and presentations, laboratory investigations, microscope training, dissection, videos, internet, estuary field work, AIMS (Activities Integrating Math and Science), performance assessment, outside reading
     

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Meet the Faculty

  • Lisa Baxter

    1993
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  • Georganne Browning

    2005
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  • Nathan Chase

    2004
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  • Linda Henderson

    1994
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  • Aileen Nalen

    2007
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  • Ann Peterman

    2013
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