OUR SCIENCE PROGRAM at PS 154
The purpose and focus of the PS 154 science program is to offer all students ways to understand, make predictions about, and adapt to an increasingly complex scientific and technological world. Students are given opportunities to model scientists’ methods of investigation through a “hands-on” inquiry-based approach that incorporates scientific thinking processes. In order to improve students’ knowledge of science concepts, we have aligned our program with state and city standards, and are using FOSS (Full Option Science System). PS 154 has a full-time science teacher (Eva Giamboi) and a full-time computer science teacher (Steven Do Tran) that serve grades K to 5.
LIKE SCIENCE? GET INVOLVED
If you’d like to volunteer your time to our Science Program, we’d love your help. Please see contact links below or feel free to contact Mrs. Giamboi: firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to our regular science curriculum, your School Leadership Team’s Science Committee is working with Mrs. Giamboi and our amazing staff to present the following programs throughout the school year.
OUR FIRST ANNUAL BIO BUS VISIT
Our 2nd and 3rd Grade students will discover the excitement of hands-on science aboard the BioBus Mobile Lab, equipped with a $75,000 microscope and staffed by scientists! Parked in front of our school, the students climb on board for inquiry-based, hands-on, standards-aligned lab sessions.
MON, MARCH 19-21 (All projects are due Mon 3/19)
3rd Grade students are invited to submit a project and they can work with a partner (1) from their class (not required).
4th Grade students are required to submit a diorama. 4th grade students can also submit a separate project if they choose to (not required).
5th Grade students are required to submit a project. This is the culminating project of their Variables unit (required).
All students are required to submit original/independent work.
* Science Fair Packets for 5th Grade will be sent home in early February
* Diorama project description will be sent home early February
* Packets for grades 3 & 4 will be sent home with request from parent
“KIDS PRESENT SCIENCE”
Open mic for kids to present their projects, findings, do a live experiment or just share interesting facts about Science. For more information, or to volunteer to help, please contact Mrs. Giamboi at: email@example.com
OUR FIRST ANNUAL SCIENCETASTIC DAY
Our teachers and staff are preparing a very special Science Day at PS 154 with exciting hands-on Science Experiments in every classroom. This full day event will be organized by grade and students will rotate classrooms doing hands-on experiments with the classroom teachers. The day will culminate with an exciting assembly and an Egg Drop By Mr. Buckley from the roof of our school while students observe from the school yard. Please check your child’s backpack for information and opportunities to volunteer on the day.
VISITING SCIENTIST DAY
CAREERS IN STEM
15-18 Scientists will be visiting our 4th and 5th Graders to explore many options for a career in STEM. Kids will be given an opportunity to ask questions and learn how to pursue a fields of STEM.
For more information, to be a visiting scientist or to volunteer, please contact Parent volunteer, Christine Ponder: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter 2018 SCIENCE Curriculum
We encourage parents to experiment with Science at home. To get started, take a look at the Science unit that your child is currently working on below. Along with the unit, please find a link to the "home/ School connection" which will give you activities and experiments you can do together.
1st Grade: Solids and Liquids
This module provides experiences that heighten students’ awareness of the physical world.
o The Five Senses
o Sorting Solid Objects
o Construct with Solids
o Liquid in Bottles
o Properties of Liquids
o Liquid Levels
o *Solids in Containers
o *Separating Soup Mix
o *Solids in Bottles
o Solids and Water
o Liquids and Water
2nd Grade: Balance and Motion
In this module students explore and describe the motion of objects and solve problems through trial and error. Students develop vocabulary associated with balance and motion.
o Trick Crayfish
o Triangle and Arch
o The Pencil Trick
o Rolling Wheels
o Rolling Spheres
3rd Grade: Measurement
In this module students conduct investigations which are designed to emphasize a particular type of metric measurement – length, mass, temperature and volume while also learning how to use science tools.
o Finding a Standard (Linear Measurement)
o Estimating and Measuring
o Making Comparisons
o Setting a Standard (Measuring Mass)
o Weight Watching
o Soaking Sponges
o Defining a Liter
o Measuring Capacity
o Measuring Soda Can Capacity
o Measuring Temperature
o Cool Off
o Metric Field Day
4th Grade: Food Chains and Webs
In this module students learn about ecosystems and how living things in an ecosystem get energy. Students explore the interactions of living things and how they are dependent on each other.
o The Watershed
o Plants as Producers (pts 1 & 2)
o Observing Crickets (pts 1 & 2)
o Observing Anoles
o Observing Earthworms
o Observing Trout Eggs
o The Way of the Trout (TIC)
o Earthworms and Decomposers
o Mystery Pellets
o Food Chain Game
o Web of Life
5th Grade: Variables
This module allows students to discover relationships through controlled experimentation. Students fling, float and fly objects as they discover relationships in each investigation.
o Exploring Swingers
o Testing Variables
o Predicting Swings
o Exploring Boats
o Lifeboat Inspection
o Inspecting Other Boats
o Exploring Flight
o Investigating Variables
o Flights of Fancy
o Flip-Stick Construction
o Flip Out
o Controlled Experiments
o Choose your own Investigation