Class IV Science
Class IV students actively study the world around them using scientific instruments and techniques. Lessons are hands-on, and the scientific method is always used. Students begin the year with a unit on plants, including classification of local species. During the weather unit, students collect data, study clouds, and learn about forecasting. We use weather instruments attached to LabQuest2 computers, and we analyze the data we collect from the weather station on campus. Matter is always an exciting unit in Class IV! Students learn about physical and chemical changes to matter as they learn about mixtures, elements, and phases of matter. During the astronomy unit, students study the solar system, stars, and black holes. Students become biologists during the physiology unit, with a focus on the skeletal-muscular system. They also learn to build and program Lego Mindstorm EV3 robots in our robotics unit - it’s always an exciting time because we get to use the Lower School Robotics Lab.