Science

Our science curriculum engages students with a hands-on program centered around a laboratory setting based on National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) standards. Students observe, question, classify, measure, predict, hypothesize, and record and analyze data to better understand the world around them. In their studies, students develop important interpersonal skills including listening, following directions, cooperation, and participation.

Utilizing our outdoor classrooms, students recognize the fragility of our environment and the need for responsible decision-making while developing their curiosity and enthusiasm for science.

Each grade level studies topics in earth science, life science, physical science, and ecology.


Integrated into their daily lessons, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten science studies include:

  • Water flow experiments
  • Tree observations
  • The five senses
  • Rock and leaf identification
  • Planting in the butterfly garden

First and second grades meet with a specialist twice in a six-day rotation to study units including:

  • The scientific method
  • Static electricity
  • Birds and flight
  • Seasonal tree cycle
  • Earth and space
  • Air and weather
  • Behavior and life-cycle of mealworms

Third grade meets with a specialist teacher three times in a six-day rotation to study units including:

  • Rocks and minerals
  • Simple machines
  • Food Webs and Owl Pellets

Fourth grade meets with a specialist teacher four times in a six-day rotation to study units including:

  • Composting
  • Light and Color
  • Structures and force

Fifth grade meets with a specialist teacher five times in a six-day rotation to study units including:

  • Watersheds
  • Solubility, density, and displacement
  • Human growth and development
  • Electricity

Winchester Thurston School, North Campus
4225 Middle Road
Allison Park, PA 15101
P: 412-486-8341

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