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Science

Third Grade

Our Science/Health Program is a “hands-on” program where children learn by discovery.  The students go to the Science Room for a variety of hands-on experiments.  Science topics include:

  • Sound
  • Butterflies
  • Simple machines
  • Sink and float
  • Trees

The Great Body Shop, as well as health topics include the effects of tobacco, alcohol and other substances on the body.

Fourth Grade 

Our science program is a “hands on” program where children learn by discovery.  Lessons will be conducted by the classroom teacher and integrated into other academic areas.  Science topics include:

  • Rocks and Minerals – Geology and geography of LI, properties and characteristics of rocks and minerals, and the three classes of rocks.
  • Batteries and Bulbs:  Circuits, conductors, current, electrical safety, exploration of other forms of energy.
  • Properties of matter – solids, liquids, gases
  • Plants:  The life cycle of plants, structure of different plants and their importance to Earth.
  • Health:  A concentration in the areas of tobacco, alcohol, drugs and nutrition.  Our goal is to establish positive life-long habits.
  • Children in Grade 4 will take the NYS Science test at the end of the year. 

Fifth Grade

The fifth grade science program includes experiences that are designed to help children practice the scientific method, problem-solving skills, develop positive science attitudes, learn new science content, and increase their scientific literacy.  The science units studied emphasize the complexities of systems.

Living environment systems are studied through oceanography, the water cycle, ocean zones, the ocean floor, characteristics of water, and the conservation of water and sea creatures by utilization of a variety of formats, hands-on experiences, field trips, interactive research and scientific inquiry.

The study of human body systems begins with the study of the cell and DNA.  Science readings include current scientific literature written for children.  Hands-on activities involve the use of microscopes and slides, the construction of models and laboratory experiences as the children explore:

  • oceanography
  • the structure of DNA
  • heredity & genetics
  • human body systems: circulatory, respiratory, skeletal, muscular, digestive
  • communicable & non-communicable diseases

The health component of the science program involves the children in the study of the effect of tobacco, alcohol and other substances on the human body.