Science

We encourage our students to be curious about the world around them.


Our science program is a minds-on, hands-on curriculum that motivates them to be independent science learners outside of the classroom.

Our program, a spiraling model that reintroduces topics multiple times with increasing difficulty, combines factual knowledge with real-life applications. Rather than being textbook-based, our curriculum has been designed to use books as resources and lab-based exploration as the norm.

While we do teach topic-based units, we also put great emphasis on experimentation, problem solving and science process skills. In addition to our basic curriculum, we teach our students the logical relationship between science and technology through school-wide Science Fair, Invention Fair, and Family Engineering Night in rotating years.

In grades K-5 the program rotates on a two-year cycle and in the Middle School on a three-year cycle, covering the following topics:

Kindergarten/1st Grade

Life Science

Plants and plant growth
Human body


Earth Science

Rainforest ecosystem
Weather
Safari – grasslands, savannah and desert
Space
Ocean and ocean life
Water cycle


Physical Science

Magnets


2nd/3rd Grade

Life Science

Insects
Body systems: the five senses
Health
Birds
Trees


Earth Science

Ecology
Buoyancy
Astronomy
Seasonal cycles


Physical Science

Simple machines
Light and optics
Sound
Scientific method


4th/5th Grade

Life Science

Human body: circulatory, respiratory, and endocrine systems
Oceanography
Classification of living things
Chick embryology


Earth Science

Meteorology
Paleontology
Archaeology
Geology


Physical Science

Electricity
Magnetism
Forces and motion
Heat and heat transfer
Density
Chemistry: matter and change


Middle School

Life Science

Microscopy
Cells
Micro-organisms
Vertebrate biology
Invertebrate biology
Plants
Genetics
Skeletal-muscular system
Lymphatic system
Immune system
Vision
Hearing
Adolescent development
Reproduction and sex education


Earth Science

Astronomy
Plate tectonics
Earthquakes
Volcanoes
History of the Earth


Physical Science

Light
Electromagnetic spectrum
Sound
Chemistry
Electronics
Applications of 3 Laws of Motion

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Countryside School
4301 W. Kirby Ave. Champaign, IL 61822
217.355.1253
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