BEAM employs an inquiry-based hands-on method of science learning that focuses on the use of explorations. Using inquiry-based science, students assume the proactive role of scientists by observing the environment around them, asking questions, and conducting experiments to test ideas and verify results.
This inquiry-based method of learning allows students to strengthen important communication and collaboration skills through discussing, reading, writing, and even drawing together. Furthermore, inquiry-based learning allows students to strengthen their math skills through measuring, graphing, adding and subtracting.
Science instruction is incorporated in Curiosity Corner for K4 students and KinderCorner for K5 students.
Delta Science Modules is used in 1st through 5th grade classrooms at BEAM. Teachers implement various modules to teach physical, life, and earth sciences at all grade levels.
First Grade - Finding the Moon; Sunshine and Shadow
Second Grade - Soil Science; Weather Watching
Third Grade - Dinosaurs and Fossils; Water Cycle
Fourth Grade - Earth Movements; Solar System; Weather Instruments
Fifth Grade - Erosion; Pollution; Rock and Minerals
First Grade - Investigating Water; Properties
Second Grade - Force and Motion; Sound
Third Grade - Amazing Air; Electrical Circuits; States of Matter
Fourth Grade - Magnets
Fifth Grade - Flight and Rocketry; Simple Machines
First Grade - From Seed to Plant; Observing an Aquarium
Second Grade - Butterflies and Moths; Classroom Plants
Third Grade - Insect Life; Plant and Animal Populations
Fourth Grade- Animal Behavior; Food Chains and Webs; Plant and Animal Life Cycles
Fifth Grade - Pond Life; You and Your Body
Using the Holt Science Plus curriculum, Junior Academy lessons are based on the Wisconsin State Standards for Science Instruction. Instruction addresses content and performance standards in the following areas:
- Science Connections
- Nature of Science
- Science Inquiry
- Physical Science
- Earth and Space Science
- Life and Environmental Science
- Science Applications
- Science in Personal and Social Perspectives