Dear IES families,
Science, like all processes, is fluid, dynamic, and changing. Having said that, it is also true that science has some constants that serve as its foundation. The foundations of science include a respect for past learning, a systematic approach to new learning, honesty, curiosity, and accuracy.
Keeping all this in mind our year began with a short introduction to the Scientific Method and the principle tools and techniques of a scientist. Most of the students from grade 4-9 imagined scientist working with chemicals, some drew them working in design labs: designing clothes, cars, make-up etc. This was a pre-assessment task to know how many safety measures they think of while drawing the scientists working in labs. All the students drew scientist with lab coats and safety glasses while working in labs. This lead us to discuss about the lab safety rules and students made lab safety posters after discussing all the safety rules. We then talked about ‘Scientific Method’ and the steps to do the experiments. The ‘Scientific Method’ is not a rigid set of steps but is more of a systematic and critically reflective way of learning, documenting that learning, and then sharing it. While discussing the steps of ‘Scientific Methods’ students came to the conclusion that everyone is a scientist when they employ the scientific process,no matter where they work, even for simple problem solving tasks Scientists are found in every discipline, such as biology, physics, chemistry, and environmental science; and psychology, education, history, and even religion. And that was a ‘Eureka’ moment for them!!
When the students learn how to employ the scientific process, they become better problem solvers in their own lives. And this is how we started our school year!
Grade 4s started with ‘The Forests’ , they are learning about different types of forest, elements of forests and why are they important for humans. They wondered: why the forests are green? What kind of fruits do the forests have? For the labs they collected leaves of various shapes, sizes, and colors from the ground and found out that different types of trees have different types of leaves.That’s one way of telling one tree from another, and they each make a different pattern when you make a rubbing from them.They then conducted a comparison investigation by looking at their collected leaves to find out the differences and similarities, what do the leaves feel like? Do they have hairs? Or teeth? Why are they green? How does water go to the top of the tree.
Grade 5s started with ‘Human body’ they are learning about body parts , organs and organ systems and how they work together to make complex human body look like a easy process.
Grade 6s first unit is an introduction to Earth and Space Science a perfect time to leave this planet we call home and explore the wonders of the Universe. They are learning about how The Earth came into being and what are the components of Solar system besides planets like stars, comets, asteroids, meteors , our galaxy Milky Way, constellations. They also are learning about reasons for seasons, day and night etc
Grade 7s revised Force taught in grade 6 to understand the first topic Density, mass and volume. They learnt that the mass remains same while weight changes on different planets outside the Earth’s orbit. They then learnt how density is affected by heat.
Grade 8s started with Food Chemistry, what are the components of the food we eat and how the energy transfers. They also found out about different amount of sugar present in different types of food and why do we need sugar and why added sugar in not good for our health.
Grade 9s started with basic unit of life, cell, learnt about cell division and now moving on to genetics. The lab lessons were focused on DNA extraction.
Looking forwards for a great year ahead with IES families,
IES Kista Science team