At MVCS, our science curriculum benefits heavily from our exceptional campus, which spans woodland, marsh, field, and river ecosystems. From observing ice uplift on our flooded frozen creek to identifying animal tracks in the snow to learning about the types of trees in our woods, our science curriculum comes to life just outside our classroom doors.
physical (earth) science
Beginning with the first Great Lesson, our students dive right into the explorations and mysteries of the universe. The formation of the universe leads us into lessons about gravity and magnetism, and the essential component of water to life on earth.
The second Great Lesson takes students on an exploration of zoology, botany, and human anatomy, learning about different components of ecosystems on earth. Students learn to classify vertebrate and invertebrates, identify plant parts, and work towards a basic understanding of the systems of the human body. Key to this unit of study is understanding the role plants and animals play in their different environments
When we take these lessons outdoors, these lessons inspire a wonder in our children, unlocking mysteries of the natural world. Taking advantage of our diverse campus, we look for animal tracks and identify habitats; we gather leaves to study different tree types; we plant our flower and vegetable gardens to see how plants grow and change; we hunt for mushrooms and learn about decomposers; we look for plants and their pollinators; we observe coniferous and deciduous trees over the course of many seasons, learning the difference between coniferous and deciduous trees in our forest.