A K-8 Blue Ribbon School in Vienna, VA

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Science Lab

Curriculum Highlights:

The science lab is an opportunity for students to explore the science concepts through hands on experiences. The science lab is well stocked to explore the world around them using microscopes, hand lens, digital and balance scales, measuring tools, and the additional materials needed for each grade curriculum.

Highlights by Grade


Highlights of a kindergarten student in the science lab includes:

  • Use of scientific tools, thermometers, balance scales, rulers
  • float and sink
  • nature walks
  • the sun and its heat and light
  • magnetism
  • plant and butterfly life cycle

1st Grade

Some highlights of 1st grade science class, including lab are:

  • making predictions and observation
  • habitats and seasonal changes
  • classify plants and animals
  • Animal adaptation
  • the sun and the movement of the planets and stars
  • sound and vibrations
  • movement of objects relating to push and pull
  • the human body organs
  • nutrition and hygeine
  • Natural resources

2nd Grade

The second grade students have science (including lab) for 1 hour once a week. Curriculum highlights include:

  • Data collection and observations
  • Matter
  • Solids, liquids, and gases and their properties
  • Mixtures
  • Practicing measurement using the appropriate tools for mass, length, temperature, volume.
  • Properties of light
  • Properties of magnets
  • Weather collection and changes through the seasons.
  • Animal and plant life cycles
  • Habitats

3rd Grade

The third grade students get science lab for 45 minutes once a week in addition to the science lessons in their classroom. Here are some of the labs the students may experience:

  • Observing and recording data
  • Kinetic and potential energy and energy transformations
  • Inclined planes and cars with varied friction levels
  • Simple machines activities
  • Outdoor labs exploring local habitats
  • STREAM project where students use ipads to take photos of evidence of seasonal changes in the OLGC habitat. Students create a collage including appreciation for God's creation.
  • Food web
  • Bird beak adaptations
  • Components of soil and the layers of soil
  • Effects of human activity on the quality of the environment
  • Varied ecosystems
  • Animal migration
  • Human body - Digestion process

4th Grade

The 4th grade students come to the science lab once a week for 45 minutes. Some of the highlights of the labs they will experience include:

  • Make observations and record data
  • Weather exploration including clouds, using a thermometer, tracking changes in weather
  • Create and test an anemometer to test wind speed on the campus
  • Phases of the moon and craters of the moon
  • Pocket solar system to learn about the relative distance of planets to the sun
  • Magnetism, electricity, circuits
  • Ocean currents
  • Animal adaptation to salinity of the ocean
  • Characteristics of the ocean floor
  • Human influence on the ocean, including a STEM project designing their own way to clean up a spill in the ocean.
  • Lab relating to the cardiovascular system including, diameter of arteries affects rate of flow
  • Use microscopes to compare human blood cells to frog blood cells
  • Model of a lung activity
  • Voluntary and involuntary muscles
  • Five senses and the nervous system
  • Plant and flower anatomy

5th Grade

The fifth grade students come to the science lab once a week for 45 minutes in addition to their science classroom lessons. Here are some of highlights of the labs:

  • Observing and recording data
  • Using tools of the lab
  • Exploring the engineering design process through creating a product for a particular user
  • Create a model of a sedimentary rock
  • Stations exploring classifying rocks
  • Explore chemical and physical weathering
  • Build a tower using different materials to withstand an earthquake
  • Water changes the landscape
  • Fossils and carbon dating
  • Using microscopes to observe plant and animal cells
  • Dissect an owl pellet to observe vertebrates
  • Light reflection and refraction
  • Observe vascualr and non-vascular plants

Website Links and Resources:

National Geographic Kids 
National Geographic Museum 
Arkive Wildlife Website (information, videos, and a kids page)  
Science Songs