The integration of science and social studies activities allows the students to be exposed to and see the relationship between living things and their environment. Students in the 1st grade are introduced to the process of science, namely observing and predicting changes occurring in the physical world and around them. The curriculum centers around helping students become keen observers and wise decision-makers. Hands-on cooperative activities provide the students with the opportunity to increase awareness of themselves and how they relate to their immediate physical environment. The basic Health Science makes them understand their bodies and enables them to take care of their health and diet. Some of the social studies topics include families at work and play, neighborhoods, natural resources, celebrations, and people profiles with a multicultural variety of notable individuals.
The integration of science and social studies activities is further developed to help the students see the relationship between people, living things and objects in the environment. The science topics focus on four main areas: life, physical, earth, and health sciences. Students in the 2nd grade continue to develop a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world while developing a more concrete sense of the process of experimentation. Throughout the studies, the nature and history of science is emphasized. The class focuses on self, and then expands to the school, community, and country. Field trips are incorporated into the study of these subjects to provide real life experiences as well.
The 3rd grade science curriculum is designed to include a well-balanced course of study including activities in the three main areas of study: life, physical and earth sciences. Students in grade 3 use the scientific method through their hands-on experience. They learn to predict, observe, classify, and communicate their findings, and they begin to design experiments and develop a more concrete sense of variables and controls. Topics of study include plant life cycles, insects, soil composition, electricity, and magnets. Personal health with a close look at our body and nutrition is also covered in the science curriculum.
Students design experiments paying special attention to dependent and independent variables. Emphasis continues with hands-on experimentation. Students learn to predict, observe, classify, and communicate their findings. They also analyze data and draw conclusions. Topics of study include properties of heat, electricity, magnets, motion and matter, phase changes of water, the water cycle, solar system, rocks, minerals and soils. Students also explore the world of living things (plants, animals, survival, adaptation, life-cycles, and ecosystems). Health Science topics focus on characteristics of skin, chemical substances and nutrition.