At a school named after an Israeli astronaut, you can be sure science and technology is a big part of our program.
In Grades TK and K, the classroom teacher and/or a science specialist present directed science lessons. A specialist presents formal science lessons weekly in Grades 1 and 2, and twice a week in Grades 3, 4 and 5. Teachers also integrate science into other content areas and provide science-related centers for reinforcement in both the reading and mathematics periods.
Elementary students are also involved in science-related field trips, including visits to The California Science Center, The Griffith Observatory, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Upper grade students also participate in overnight class trips with an integrated science component, such as to Astrocamp. In-school assemblies teach our students about subjects such as air pressure, rocketry, and ocean life. Elementary science is enriched by computer-enhanced science instruction and “Multi-Interest Day” activities related to science.
Formal science coursework is aligned with the State of California Framework and Standards. Strategies used during science instruction include inquiry, experimentation, problem solving, and emphasis on hands-on projects. In addition, our curriculum is infused with projects designed to teach engineering & design, computer programming, architecture, and problem solving through collaborative teamwork. 4th and 5th graders participate in a unique robotics program, with students building robots and then programming them to autonomously perform certain tasks. At each grade level, science is integrated with Judaic Studies to provide a multi-dimensional perspective of health and scientific ethics.
Acquisition of scientific competencies is assessed in a variety of ways. Informally, students are observed as to their classroom participation and understanding of discussions. Hands-on projects make up a large part of scientific assessment, as they help students relate science to the world around them. Formal assessment includes multiple choice, short answer, and essay tests and written analysis. Upper grade students participate in an annual inventions expo, sharing their products with the greater school community at our annual Family Discovery Day event.