First and Second graders use the Harcourt Science textbook to address Earth, Life, and Physical Science curriculum standards. In addition to the text, scientific topics are integrated into the Superkids reading program in grades K-2 through the Super Magazine and Scholastic News.
In 3rd grade, we use Harcourt Science curriculum. We study different aspects to Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science. More specifically, in Life Science, we study at types of plants and animals and how those plants and animals interact (how the living things depend on one another.) In Earth Science, we learn about the Earth’s land, minerals, rocks, and fossils, how the land is formed, the different types of soils, and the Earth’s resources. We study the cycles on Earth and in space, in relation to the water cycle, observing weather, and the relation of Earth to the solar system. In Physical Science, we investigate matter, the properties of matter and the changes in matter. We explore energy and the forces (temperature, forces, and motion.)
Fourth grade studies Matter and Energy, Electricity and Magnetism, Rocks, Oceans, and the Water Cycle. We also do a unit on inventors. Our students write a research paper and create a movie trailer about an inventor, both of which are presented at our Film Festival in the spring.
Harcourt Science is the text used by grades 5 and 6. It follows the National Science Education Standards. Those standards that align with the Minnesota Science Standards are what are taught in the classroom. Students work in the text, investigate concepts in the laboratory, and link what is learned to other aspects of their education.
Grade 5 does work in Earth and Space Science, Physical Science, Life Science, and Nature of Science and Engineering. Grade 6 does work in Physical Science and Nature of Science and Engineering.
The 7th and 8th grade science classes follow the guidelines of the National Science Education Standards and the State Standards of Minnesota. The classes also follow the direction of the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) program and use the Life and Earth Science textbooks published by McDougal Littell. Classes combine both individual and group work with time in the laboratory.
The 7th and 8th grade classes are based on observation and discovery. Students perform many of their learning tasks in groups and in laboratory sessions, both outdoors and in the lab. All of this is done under the direction of the teacher.
**St. Raphael Catholic School has made significant investments in the area of technology over the past number of years. We strive to stay current in the areas where technology integrates with critical academic formation. Grades K-2 share a cart of iPads for Educational App use. Grades 3-5 have a similar cart of Google Chromebooks. We also have 1:1 Chromebooks for students in grades 6-8 which they loan from the school and can take home to work on schoolwork. Technology is now built into the science curriculum which now meets one extra time per week in lieu of a specifically devoted technology/keyboarding class. This curriculum still involves keyboarding, commonly used software programs, ethical and safe standards of use of technology, but also has added computer programming, engineering, and more.