Throughout the school year, students engage through experiential, real-world, collaborative experiments that help them think critically, act ethically, and view learning as a lifelong pursuit.
In addition, all classes will learn about related Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) professions to explore potential career paths. Periodically, we’ll be having scientists throughout our community visit the lab to field questions.
Environmental conservation and “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” are reinforced throughout the grades to encourage children to appreciate nature and keep our planet healthy. With global warming being both an immediate and future problem, students must learn how we impact our world.
Kindergarten classes are involved in investigations using all their senses as they learn about classification, weather, magnetism, living and non-living objects, properties of water, and patterns in nature.
Students in first grade investigate how moving objects exhibit different kinds of motion. They also conduct experiments to test how different materials and substances react with water at various temperatures. First graders also learn about the relationship between the sun and Earth and how the sun is an important source of energy for the Earth.
Second grade classes study the different types of weather, seasons, and extreme conditions. They also learn about natural and synthetic magnets, properties of matter, and the life patterns of plants and animals. Students also focus on understanding their place in the world and how they impact our environment.
Students in third grade examine a number of topics including: the engineering process, different sources of energy and simple machines; relationships between divergent food chains and ecosystems; components of soil and the water cycle; and, how natural events and human influences can affect the survival of species.
Fifth grade students conduct deep investigations into the multi-variable structure of matter, light, and sound. This includes, molecules and compounds, mixtures and solutions, the structure of atoms, and the components of light and sound. We’ll also be comparing and contrasting unicellular and multicellular organisms, the Earth’s surface and ocean environments.
Throughout every investigation, students will be held accountable to completing high-quality work that will display not only their ability to think critically, but also creatively display their understanding through various mediums (e.g. technologically, artistically, kinesthetically). The school garden will also be a large component for each investigation, along with the forest behind our school.
Jordan was a rock climbing guide for 5 years before attending Prescott College in northern Arizona. He studied education with an emphasis in integrative learning and systems theory. While a rock climbing guide, Jordan traveled throughout the world to explore tall volcanos, vast deserts, and grand forests. He once road a horse from Utah to Mexico, traversing the entire state of Arizona on the Arizona Trail. He has also rafted and hiked the Grand Canyon a few times and studied oceanography by sea kayak on the Sea of Cortez between Baja and mainland Mexico for several weeks. Eventually, he began a fellowship with Center for Inspired Teaching in Washington D.C. and taught in D.C. for a few years before becoming a science educator at Abingdon Elementary. He’s completing his masters in elementary education and eventually National Board Certification.