Our Science ProgramWeather:The first grade at SRS study Weather using the program Science and Technology for Children. Weather introduces students to the concept of weather and how it affects their lives. Using a variety of tools, students observe, discuss, measure, and record data on cloud cover, precipitation, wind, and temperature. They learn how to read a thermometer and construct a rain gauge to measure precipitation. They also study cloud formations and use a wind scale to estimate the speed of wind. To apply their new skills and knowledge, students compare their own weather predictions with an actual weather forecast and use the weather data they have collected to form generalizations about the weather in their own locale.Solids and Liquids:
In Solids and Liquids, students investigate the similarities and differences in a variety of common solids and liquids. First, they observe, describe, and compare a collection of solid objects, focusing on such properties as color, shape, texture, and hardness. They also perform tests to determine whether the objects roll or stack and float or sink, as well as whether they are attracted to a magnet. Investigations of liquids center on how various liquids look and feel, their fluidity, how they mix with water, and their degree of absorption. In a final lesson, students compare the properties of solids and liquids and identify how they are similar and different.