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Our Lady of Grace Science

Kindergarten

Kindergartners have become observers, researchers, and explorers of our environment. They have been looking into what plants and animals need to survive, and how plants and animals change their environment. Kinders have gone on a hunt in the Kinder garden, read many nonfiction books, worked with red wiggler worms, acted as the animals we are learning about, and are currently writing a science reflection book.These busy kindergartners are continuing their science exploration in studying our human impact and how we can continue to care for the beautiful world God has graced us with.

First Grade

Can you make a square bubble?

First graders have been busy at the start of the year! They have learned about the scientific world when they engineered a bubble wand, traveled the campus on a scavenger hunt in search of shadows, experimented if shadows can be created inside, authored a how-to book titled, How-To Make A Shadow, explored light with flashlights, shoe-boxes and made stained glass windows. Those are just some of the activities first grade has been working on this trimester! While our shadow and light unit has come to a close, we are quickly moving into our next learning segment, exploring questions, How can we tell different types of plants apart? And how do these differences help plants?

First Grade Exploring light

Second Grade

Second graders are exploring Earth’s systems looking into how we can describe the shape and water on Earth and what evidence natural processes leave behind as they shape the Earth. Vocabulary and concepts were explored hands on using a variety of resources including: plasticine, sand, maps, water, and recycled materials. One STEM project was to engineer a solution for weathering and erosion. Currently, second graders are now becoming material engineers, where they are looking at how to describe different materials and what changes can happen to materials.

Second grade landform hunters, map makers, and landform creators

Third Grade

Exploring, recording, and sharing forces

Ask a third grader what some invisible forces might be! They are everywhere and third graders have been completing hands-on engineering projects with legos, recycled materials, tennis balls, yard sticks, foil and plastic wrap -all in creating examples of these forces. Third grade is continuing to explore forces looking at magnets! They will be starting an elaborate STEM project in the New Year engineering a track and vehicle that moves.

Fourth Grade

Fourth grade energy testers

Throughout the first trimester in fourth graders, have been looking at the different types of energy and how energy transfers. Each week fourth graders have had STEM sessions that explore energy. From exploring ramps with marbles and yardsticks, designing an egg carrier to protect it from a drop, engineering a delicious s’more solar oven, and currently, creating a hydro wheel. They are quite inventive applying science concepts into action!

Fifth Grade

Adventuring fifth graders exploring science at the tide pools

Students in fifth grade are exploring ecosystems and the roles plants, animals and humans have in developing a healthy ecosystem. During this unit, students have adopted some decomposers, WORMS! Fifth graders are collecting ongoing data and taking care of these wiggly creatures. In November, fifth grade was able to adventure to one of San Diego’s own ecosystems, La Jolla Tide Pools. Fifth grade was able to connect the learning in the classroom to the real world with a series of on site assignments. Concluding their unit, they designed their own human impact project to display, remind, and educate us all on the effect we have on our planet.