St. Justin School’s K-5 Hands-On Science Program
Recognizing the importance of Science for young minds, St. Justin School has launched a hands-on Science program for Grades K-5. This new Science program, taught by veteran teacher Ann Colucci, has been designed to provide students with an exciting “hands on” experience that emphasizes higher-level thinking skills. Classroom activities involve students in the process of using an inquiry approach to science. An emphasis on experimentation, observation, and analysis sharpens students’ problem-solving skills.
The K-5 science curriculum is focused on core concepts in all disciplines: life, earth and space, and physical science. The school’s budding scientists are beginning to familiarize themselves with the Scientific Method. At first, Mrs. Colucci guides them in making careful observations, collecting and analyzing data, and sharing their findings. As the students progress through the grades, they eventually become able to ask the question and conduct an experiment independently. Students say that the fun part is performing the experiments that are designed to test their predictions. The nature of the hands-on
program provides opportunity for observation, exploration, and discovery. The intermediate grades (3-5) will demonstrate their new science skills at the first annual St. Justin School Science Fair at the school’s Open House on January 26th from 10:00 a.m. to noon.