Class V Science

Department:  Lower School

Class V Science

Class V students use all of the techniques and tools they've learned in Lower School Science as they delve into an intense year of scientific study. They continue using the scientific method and dig in with hands-on experiences that build on what we have learned in previous years. They also learn to take notes during a science lecture - practicing ways to create simple, labeled sketches and using keywords as they jot down new vocabulary and definitions. We begin the year studying the changing Earth, including plate tectonics, mid-ocean ridges, and the forces driving these changes. Students then learn about natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, and landslides. In the biology unit, we focus on heredity, DNA, and the physiology of the circulatory and respiratory systems. We end the unit with an eagerly anticipated heart dissection. The physics unit is always popular. Students learn about forces like gravity and friction, followed by a study of light energy.