Category Archives: science

The Structure of the Earth and Rocks

  This week, students in Primary are studying rocks and the Earth. We talked about the three types of rock and how each type of rock is part of the rock cycle. Molten rock fromed beneath the earth’s crust is … Continue reading

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Simple Machines

This week we began our science unit on simple machines. We discussed how simple machines were some of the very first pieces of technology that humans invented, in order to do more work than they could with their muscle power … Continue reading

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Taking care of our teeth

Primary continues to study the human body this week. This morning, Primary students  were treated to a visit by McGuffey mom, Jaimie Ross. Jaimie is a hygienist and told us she cleans and takes x-rays of other people’s teeth. She … Continue reading

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Wheel of Life: Food Chain of the Temperate Forest

As Lower Elementary continues their study of Biomes, they’re taking a closer look at the each of the six components that make up a biome. They’re currently exploring energy, which means understanding its importance and observing how it is exchanged … Continue reading

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Digestion, respiration, and circulation

We have been studying the human body in science, beginning with digestion and nutrition. We read the book What Happens to a Hamburger? and traced the journey of food through the body. Ms. Torso visited us to help explain digestion. … Continue reading

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Solids, Liquids, and Gases

This week in Primary we have been talking about matter. Matter is anything that takes up space, and it can present in several states. We discussed the three most familiar states of matter—solid, liquid, and gas. Using a hula hoop, … Continue reading

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Fall is Here!

Our next season has arrived–fall! We noticed that many of us brought a sweater or light jacket to school today. The temperature is getting colder! Over the next stretch of time we will be observing that changes that we see … Continue reading

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Planting the Garden in Lower Elementary

  A handful of students in Lower Elementary planted their classroom’s gardens yesterday. This was part of a combined Science and Practical Life unit that has been ongoing for the past month, and has seen students selecting which seeds they … Continue reading

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Learning About Balance in MindUP

  Students in Lower Elementary have a lesson in their MindUP curriculum every Wednesday in place of Specials (Art, Music, and PE). The MindUP curriculum teaches the latest scientific information about the brain to offer strategies for helping students to … Continue reading

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Learning About Fish in Primary

Students in Primary recently continued their exploration of the animal kingdom by discussing fish. They used a fish skeleton to see that fish are vertebrates, with a clearly defined backbone. They saw that fins help a fish balance, steer, and stop. They observed metal discs in … Continue reading

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