Sixth grade scientists at Moses Brown develop their understanding of–and practice with–the scientific method. In developing hypotheses, designing their own experiments, recording observations, and deriving conclusions from experimental data, they practice the habits of mind and work process that are essential to any successful, responsible scientist.
Whether studying Earth science, chemistry, cell biology, or human anatomy, teachers always seize opportunities to connect the science curriculum with study units in other subjects, helping students develop broad, nuanced understanding of interrelated issues.
In learning about Earth science, students examine how weathering, erosion, and deposition continually change the surface of the earth, building a stream table with pumps, sand, soil, and rocks to model erosion and deposition patterns. Then they build and test functional irrigation systems, calculate damage costs from flooding, and experience the difficulties of trying to protect their model towns from an unpredictable river.Inquire