Science at Silverwood
Every new year, each student is introduced to science class by being asked to complete this sentence: Science is . Some of the responses have been technology, trying to understand, explosions, the cosmos, numbers, observing, discovering, beautiful, fun, and poop. All answers are welcome and valid. Science at Silverwood is taught with curiosity at heart and the scientific method in mind. It is a wonderful place to build resilience as we learn both what does and does not work and how much of a part we play in the process. Each building is taught on a 2-year rotating curriculum with units and topics that are both enriched and fortified by the other curricular programs, through collaborative efforts with the lead teachers and specialists.
Science in the Barn (K-2)
Curriculum 1 – The 5 Senses, Weather, Geology, Space
Curriculum 2 – Animal Groups, Marine Science
K-2 students have the opportunity to explore and experience a great portion of our
beautiful 18-acre wooded campus. From scavenger hunts to observation hikes, the expectation for each student is to continue to develop and cultivate their natural curiosity for the world, and make creative and helpful impacts. With stewardship as our focus, we routinely go out on Litter-Getter patrols to keep our campus looking pristine and safe, as we use our observational senses to discover the beauty and wonder of our earth and its inhabitants. Individual and class projects depend entirely on student interest and where our conversations take us. For example, one class’s enthusiasm for the book, What if I Had Animal Hair? prompted a creative art project in which each student chose an animal to emulate.
Science in the Treehouse (3-4)
Curriculum 1 – Magnets & Electricity, Weather, Geology & Volcanoes, Space
Curriculum 2 – Washington Mammals, Salmon, Marine Science, Science Fair
Third and fourth graders build on their natural curiosity and begin to learn how to effectively apply the scientific method. From raising and releasing classroom-raised salmon to visiting local beach tide pools, 3-4 science is always on the move. Students are also introduced to NTWICS (Now That’s What I Call Science), an informal research-based assignment that extends throughout the school year. NTWICS requires students to find articles, photos, videos, etc. from online or print sources to share with the rest of the class. This assignment allows students the opportunity to strengthen their research skills and develop proficiency in public speaking. Most importantly, it is a platform from which to share scientific passions and participate in a science-related Show-n-Tell.
Science in the Lodge (5-6)
Curriculum 1 – Geology, Chemistry, Physics
Curriculum 2 – Ecosystems (Biomes), Anatomy & Physiology (Body Systems & Maturation)
As our resident seniors, the 5th/6th graders are given a lot of independence in both their science assignments and projects. Not only do we encourage parents to take a back seat in project completion, but a great focus is placed upon self-advocacy and student choice.. Projects offer different personal extensions which help to reinforce the main requirements. Students are asked to consider all they have learned and make costumes, create informational brochures, organize and design campaigns, or build dioramas to demonstrate both their comprehension and application. Students continue to be encouraged to exercise their curiosity, with a grander access to our 18-acre classroom. There are higher expectations for their NTWICS assignments, and requirements to develop greater endurance in note-taking and observation-recording as they prepare for junior high, high school, and beyond.