Students in the 5th grade learn about global interaction and dependence of the ecosystems around the world, weather and climate, Earth and its natural resources, stars and the Solar System, energy and matter. The science program is very hands-on and activity based. The skills students develop throughout the progressions in natural sciences include: observation, group problem-solving, basic laboratory techniques (suitable for their age), drawing conclusions, communicating ideas, and critical thinking. Students are encouraged to participate in the Middle School Fair.