Science

Because we believe that science is best learned by being scientists, instruction at National Presbyterian School teaches processes and concepts through inquiry-based, hands-on/minds-on activities. Through their own investigations and analyses, students appreciate the scientific enterprise, learn important scientific and engineering concepts, and develop their own questions and answers in a creative, yet logical way. NPS students develop a strong foundation in scientific literacy in life sciences, earth and space sciences, and physical sciences. The program, aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, emphasizes fundamental themes, skills and attitudes of science and engineering design.

Students in Kindergarten–Sixth Grade use Full Option Science System (FOSS), an award winning, standards-based, inquiry-based curriculum developed at the University of California, Berkeley.

Students in Third through Sixth Grades spend formal time in the science lab. In Nursery through Second Grades, science experiments and STEAM projects take place in the homeroom.

 

Learning in Action

Astronomy Ornaments

Students create ornaments to demonstrate their knowledge of astronomy concepts

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Science Overview

Nursery

Earth Science:
Weather

Physical Science:
Water Exploration

Life Science:
Life Cycles & Health

Pre-Kindergarten

Earth Science:
Seasons

Physical Science:
Magnets & Temperature

Life Science:
Senses, Polar Animals & Birds

Kindergarten

Earth Science:
Tree Structure

Physical Science:
Fabric & Wood

Life Science:
Tree Changes

Grade 1

Earth Science:
Air & Weather

Physical Science:
Balance & Motion

Life Science:
Plants

Grade 2

Earth Science:
Fossils & Dinosaurs

Physical Science:
Solids & Liquids

Life Science:
Insects

Grade 3

Earth Science:
Water

Physical Science:
Measuring Matter & Physics of Sound and Light

Life Science:
Structures of Life

Grade 4

Earth Science:
Soil, Rocks & Landforms

Physical Science:
Energy & Electromagnetism

Life Science:
Human Body

Grade 5

Earth Science:
Astronomy

Physical Science:
Chemistry

Life Science:
Environments

Grade 6

Earth Science:
Weather on Earth

Physical Science:
Robotics

Life Science:
Cellular Biology & Diversity of Life

NPS Students excel at

  • Actively constructing ideas through their own inquiries, investigations, and analyses
  • Integrating an understanding of both what they know (content) and how they come to know it (process)
  • Appreciating the inter-disciplinary connections between science, other school subjects, and “real-life”

Science Enrichment Activities

  • Engineering Design Challenge
  • Fossil Dig (2)
  • Outdoor education program (5–6)
  • GLOBE (NASA, NSF and NOAA sponsored) environmental and weather research projects
  • Signs of Spring: Citizen-Science Program
  • Field trips to the  Smithsonian Natural History Museum forensic anthropology exhibit and the National Zoo
  • Family STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Night


Dale Glass, Science Coordinator

BS, Brown University
MS, University of Texas
MSSE, Montana State University

dglass@nps-dc.org