Science

Primary (Grades (1-3)

The aim of primary science is to engage students in the process of discovery and foster their curiosity about the natural world.  Students have the opportunity to explore life, physical, and earth science topics while being introduced to basic scientific methods.

All primary teachers use Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Science Fusion program. This standards-based resource includes a consumable textbook with color photos and magazine-style format. Science Fusion also includes hands-on Inquiry Labs in every unit, and all the units are designed around the 5E Learning Cycle (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate).

Our primary students interact with current technology through Smart Board lessons, iPad apps, and Science Fusion’s interactive Digital Lessons. Students also enjoy outdoor science lessons, including those in our School Garden.

Intermediate (Grades 4-5)

In the intermediate grades, our students continue to develop a fundamental understanding of key scientific principles through hands-on exploration. Students have the opportunity to explore life, physical, and earth science topics while reinforcing scientific methods.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Science Fusion program is central to our intermediate science program. This standards-based resource includes a consumable textbook with color photos and magazine-style format. Science Fusion also includes hands-on Inquiry Labs in every unit, and all the units are designed around the 5E Learning Cycle (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate).

Our intermediate students interact with current technology through Smart Board lessons, Google apps, and Science Fusion’s interactive Digital Lessons. Students also enjoy outdoor science lessons, including those in our School Garden.

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

In our rigorous, experiential science program, middle school students investigate life, physical, and earth science topics. Our middle school science classroom is a well-equipped laboratory where students use current tools and technology to collect, analyze and present data from their own investigations.

The middle school science program has an emphasis on outdoor fieldwork in the local ecosystems, including stream and coastal studies as part of the From Mauka to Makai: Understanding Climate Change Impacts in the Ahupua’a program with the Hawaii Nature Center.

Collaborative project-based learning, such as a simulated moon mission at the Challenger Learning Center, enriches the middle school science experience. And 1:1 Google Chrome Books allow for Google Apps for Education to be consistently embedded into the curriculum.