Second graders are passionate sponges for information. Developmentally, they love order and facts. In science, we help them see that facts are bridges to questions and more information. In fact, we examine bridges of all kinds, developing an understanding of (and vocabulary for) materials, structure, and approaches to engineering. Students test different materials for strength and flexibility. Then engineering teams get to work designing and building a bridge that can support a remote-controlled car crossing a chasm. The only catch? The only material they can use–is newspaper!
In the spring we learn about the human body, naming bones and diagnosing X-rays. Using our super-secret shrink ray, we transform into a class of red blood cells, traveling around campus to drop off oxygen and collect carbon dioxide. In this fact-filled, highly engaging unit, children invariably notice that although we all have the same structures, we are like snowflakes. We are wonderfully unique individuals, which makes our community and the world an exciting place to be.
As with most classes, this provides an opportunity to remind students of the Quaker values that are at the core of a Moses Brown education, and that doing well begins with doing good.Inquire