Category Archives: science

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

Posted in Lower Elementary, science

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

Posted in Primary, science

Lower Elementary Learns About the Movement of Earth

In Science, our Lower Elementary students have been studying the ways that earth (lowercase e) can be moved by natural phenomena. Recently they talked about how wind can move earth, and they also watched a Bill Nye video on how the earth’s … Continue reading

Posted in Lower Elementary, science

Examining the Cardiovascular System in the Upper Unit

The students in our Upper Unit had a chance to dissect pig hearts and lungs last week as part of their study of the circulatory system. After exploring the heart and lung system as a whole, students examined and dissected heart structures such … Continue reading

Posted in Middle School, science, Upper Elementary, upper unit

Spiders, crustaceans, worms, and more!

In Primary, we have been exploring animals that don’t have backbones, but aren’t insects. Animals as diverse as jellyfish, coral, sponges, horseshoe crabs, lobsters, mites, ticks, spiders, starfish, worms, centipedes, snails, slugs and millipedes are also invertebrates. They’re having fun … Continue reading

Posted in guest speakers, McGuffey, Primary, science

Primary Students Learn About Tardigrades

Last week Primary received a visit from the Upper Unit science teacher, Susie! She came to talk to them about tardigrades, also known as water bears. These microscopic creatures are one of the most resilient forms of life on Earth. Because they are … Continue reading

Posted in Primary, science

Tiny Life

This unit of Science really takes some imagination! Last week Primary students were talking about the living things that exist that we can’t even see. Just in time for cold and flu season, they talked about viruses and bacteria. While some of … Continue reading

Posted in Primary, science

Studying Human Anatomy in the Upper Unit

Ligaments and tendons and bones, oh my! The Upper Unit is studying Anatomy and Physiology in science. They are currently working on the Musculoskeletal System, examining how their own muscles exert force in specific directions, using atlases to look up … Continue reading

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Examining Pinecones in Lower Elementary

Lower Elementary students are studying seeds this week in Science, and specifically, since there is an abundance of them in the outdoor classroom, pinecones. They are investigating the conditions under which pinecones “open” and “close” their scales. To make an experiment … Continue reading

Posted in Lower Elementary, science

Partners and Astronomy

McGuffey has a spiral curriculum, which means our students revisit subjects at older grades, adding another layer to their existing knowledge. At times, students in different grades will be studying the same subjects. Both the Primary and Upper Units have … Continue reading

Posted in McGuffey, partners, Primary, science, Upper Elementary