First grade science

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First grade science
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Sun, 02-26-2012 - 12:06pm

DS' school is so weird.

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Registered: 07-23-2002
Sun, 02-26-2012 - 8:54pm

They don't teach science? Or they just don't have a teacher who specializes in teaching just science? I've never heard of specialist science teachers prior to high school, but maybe that's because I'm in Canada and you're in ? the US?

The project does sound rather over-the-top for 6-year-olds! Especially the bibliography!

Miranda

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Mon, 02-27-2012 - 8:52am

Many U.S. elementary schools have science as one of the "specials", like art and music, where there is a separate teacher.

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Tue, 02-28-2012 - 10:53am
The K-4 curriculum at our school is all cross-curricular, meaning that all the subject areas are related to each other and explored through various themes. A field trip to learn about the life cycle of salmon might lead to a watercolour project painting the spawning fish, then captioned with a poem, and mounted on a frame measured using math skills. There seems to be a lot of science in the curriculum, but there's no science class per se. This is the model I grew up with too, so it doesn't seem odd to me.

Miranda

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in rural BC, Canada
mom to three great kids and one great grown-up
unschooler, violist, runner, doc 

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Wed, 02-29-2012 - 1:47pm

My kids didn't have science specific teachers until middle school. In 5th grade, the 5th grade teacher would divy up Science and Social Studies and the kids would change classes for those subject but they were still regular classroom teachers.

I remember some science project in 1st grade with little write-ups and pictures but expectations were pretty low. No Bibliography or any real focus on scientific method. It was more like "I mixed salt, sugar and sand in a glass of water and the sand and sugar dissapeared but the sand didn't." Seriously, that was sort of it for most kids.

Hopefully the parents won't "help" too much so the school can see that this sort of project is a bit much for 6-year-olds.

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Fri, 03-02-2012 - 9:43am

That just sounds like a really good way to ruin the love of science for a 1st grader.