What does it mean to be living?
How is your body organized?
How do the parts of a body work together to carry out the function of the different organ systems?
How does your body change during puberty?
The year begins with the question What does it mean to be a scientist?
To answer this question, students learn about metric measurement as
well as key scientific instruments, and tools. In a project that
integrates math and science, they participate in Metric Olympics, a game
and number-based group competition.
The universe is the next topic, an exploration guided by the question Where are we in the universe?
Students learn about the parts of the universe and how the universe was
created. As they ponder their place in our universe, the next big
question is What type of galaxy do we live in?
Students study types of galaxies and learn about our solar system,
including a research project on the planet of their choice. A focus is
placed on what makes Earth so unique in terms of being able to support
Our neighborhood is the next area of inquiry as students find the answer to such questions as Why is Park Slope sloped?,
studying the geology of our area and what it tells us of our recent
past. As part of this unit, students learn how to both read and make
The year concludes with a study of the human body, particularly the body systems and a study of puberty.