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The Science Curriculum begins with an enrichment program for Grades 1- 4, followed by a more intensive program of studies in Grades 5-8. At each grade level, use of the scientific method becomes more sophisticated and refined, enabling students to progress from passive observers of the world around them, to active participants in bettering that world.
Grade 1: students learn about the habitats and life cycles of plants and animals, climate, and recycling.
Grade 2: labs are added for the study of plant and animal adaptations, the body and its moving parts, and environment and geology.
Grade 3: the science curriculum becomes interdisciplinary with the addition of connections to math, art, and creative writing being utilized for the study of food and nutrition, water and its properties, magnetism and introductory electricity, and light and sound.
Grade 4: students delve further into the study of weather including storms, Earth forces, air and its properties, as well as plants and their environments.
Grade 5: students learn about the nature of matter, the basic unit of life, work and simple machines, motions, geology, and solar energy. In the spring, students create an independent project for the school science fair with the help of the teacher and seventh and eighth grade mentors.
Grade 6: students learn about electricity, archeology/paleontology/anthropology, adaptations, technology, and wetlands in depth. Sixth grade students also create an independent project for the school science fair with the help of the teacher and seventh and eighth grade mentors.
Grade 7: Life Science: students learn about the characteristics of living things and progress throughout the school year from simple organisms to plants, invertebrates, vertebrates, and finally human biology. This is followed by the study of ecology which demonstrates how all living things interconnect.
Grade 8: Earth and Physical Science: Topics included in Earth science are composition of Earth, atmosphere and the oceans, geologic time, and resources and environment. Topics included in physical science are diversity, patterns, and interactions of matter; atoms and bonding, and solution, carbon, and nuclear chemistry.
In grades seven and eight, over a four-month period, in conjunction with their classes, students create in-depth research projects. The topics are thoroughly investigated, tested, and presented in written and visual format to be submitted to the Connecticut State Science Fair or the National Christopher Columbus Awards.