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In science lab, students are engaged in FUN “hands-on” activities to encourage them to explore, experiment, and investigate the world around them. Each grade level focuses on specific SOL objectives. Students in first through fifth grade keep all their activities and experiments in their Science Student Interactive Notebooks.
Conservation and recycling are reinforced throughout the grades to encourage children to appreciate nature and keep our planet healthy. Kindergarten classes come to science lab and are involved in investigations using all of their senses as they learn about classification, magnets, living and non-living objects, properties of water, and patterns in nature.
Students in first grade use all their senses, just like real scientists, making discoveries about the world in which they live. Students investigate how moving objects exhibit different kinds of motion. Students also conduct experiments to observe how different materials react with water at various temperatures. First graders also learn about the relationship between the sun and Earth and how the sun is an important source of energy for the Earth.
Students in second grade study all about the weather in science lab and conduct "hands-on" experiments as they work cooperatively in groups. The students track the weather daily in their science interactive notebooks. We learn how to determine weather patterns and how they affect our world. Students also study how plants and animals adapt to the changes in the weather and seasons.
Third grade students examine how the relationships of living things in their environment help them to survive, specifically their behavioral and physical adaptations. They also investigate how plants and animals share limited resources within their environments.
Fourth grade students study the structures and processes involved with plants such as pollination and photosynthesis. They also investigate how weather phenomena occur and can be predicted.
Fifth grade students conduct investigations on the structure of matter. Students are involved in numerous activities as they study about the molecular structure of atoms and the effects of temperature on the different states of matter.
Throughout the year the students conduct investigations in the impressive Outdoor Classroom. Students take pride as they work and grow various plants in our garden. Over the summer families help Ms. Sywilok weed and maintain the garden. All of the produce from the garden is donated to AFAC (Arlington Food Assistance Center). This past school year Abingdon is proud they donated 250 pounds of fresh and healthy vegetables to AFAC to share with our local community.
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