Grades PreK–2, scientific investigations center on student questions, observations, and communication about what they observe. Students will be able to plan and carry out investigations as a class or in small groups often over a period of several class lessons. The students learn to formulate a hypothesis, planning the steps of an experiment, and determining the most objective way to test the hypothesis. Students incorporate mathematical skills of measuring and graphing to communicate their findings.
Grades 3–5, teacher guidance remains important but allows for more variation in student approach. Students at this level are ready to formalize their understanding of what an experiment requires by identifying and controlling variables to ensure analyze outcomes. Their work becomes more quantitative, and they learn the importance of carrying out several measurements to minimize sources of error. Because students at this level use a greater range of tools and equipment, they learn safe laboratory practices. At the conclusion of their investigations, students in these grades will prepare reports of their questions, procedures, conclusions and react to and evaluate their own learning.
Children are encouraged to develop their curiosity about the world around them and to make observations. As they are introduced to a combination of science, technology, engineering and math, children develop organized and analytical thinking as well as problem-solving skills. In the Early Childhood and Elementary programs, students will explore their world and make connections between ideas, concepts and content areas. The Greene School emphasizes a hands-on approach to learning that focuses on the processes and techniques of discovery. The curriculum is designed to offer students a foundation in the scientific and design processes. We believe the following:
Science is a way of thinking. Science is observing and experimenting, making predictions, sharing discoveries, asking questions and wondering how things work.
Technology is a way of doing. Technology is using tools, being innovative, identifying problems, and making things work.
Engineering is a way of doing. Engineering is solving problems, using a variety of materials, designing and creating and building things that work.
Art is a way of communicating information, using the most appropriate tools and means to elicit emotion and engage an audience
Math is a way of measuring. Math is sequencing, pattern identification and exploring shapes, volume, and size.
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