Science is the exploration of the universe for the purpose of seeking orderly, testable explanations of objects and events. The Pingry School elementary science program offers a balance of hands-on experiences and science content. Each year, students study topics in three major areas: life science, earth science, and physical science. The processes of observation, investigation, collection of relevant data, discussion and confirmation of findings, and experimentation are emphasized throughout the program.
The year begins with a unit on chemistry. Physical and chemical properties of matter are discussed as well as the structure of an atom. Students learn how to read and use the Periodic Table of Elements. The basics of ionic and covalent bonding are covered as students build up and then break down compounds.
In the life sciences, students immediately follow their chemistry unit with one covering the human body. The unit covers several different organ systems and ways in which they interact. Each system is explored beginning at the cellular level and expanding to include the functioning of the entire organism. The interdependence of all parts of the body is stressed, as is the importance of the relationship between structure and function. Important cellular processes first covered in Fourth Grade are reinforced and new concepts such as cellular respiration and gas exchange are introduced.
- Teacher: David Szelingowski