Welcome to Science at MNW Elementary!
Science instruction at MNW Elementary provides students with multiple opportunities for hands-on experiments and activities, where they are able to dig deeper into their topic of study. Students strive to develop a strong background knowledge to apply to the real world and their own lives. At MNW Elementary, we are passionate about teaching our students about science!

Below are some of the components of our science instruction at MNW - check it out!

Iowa Core Science Standards
At MNW we use the Iowa Core Science Standards to implement and develop our science curriculum K-12. Within the Iowa Core Standards there are 3 components that make up each standard or performance expectation (which is also referred to as 3D learning):

1) Crosscutting Concepts
  • Help students explore connections in all 4 areas of science: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering Design.
2) Science and Engineering Practices 
  • This component teaches students what scientists do to investigate the natural world and what engineers do to design and build systems.
3) Disciplinary Core Ideas 
  • There are four key ideas in science that build upon one another as students progress through each grade level: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering.
You can find the Iowa Core Science Standards here.

MNW School Garden 
Several teachers teamed up to work with students to start our first MNW School Garden for the 2019-2020 school year.  Students from a variety of grade levels were able to plant different vegetables in the summer, maintain the garden and harvest the produce in the fall.  By starting a school garden students were able to work on various skills such as focus, patience, cooperation, teamwork, responsibility, and social skills.  Not only did the school garden teach students some life-long skills about how gardening works, students were also able to use the produce in their classrooms to create healthy snacks.  Both the students and staff enjoyed having the opportunity for a garden!

First Grade discuss how the difference in peppers.

Kindergarten students use cabbage from the garden to make coleslaw. 
Project Lead The Way: Launch

At the MNW Elementary we have implemented the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Launch program in grades K-5.  The PLTW Launch curriculum inspires, engages, and empowers our students to become innovators.  PLTW allows our students to be hands-on and in charge of their own learning.  

The Launch curriculum focuses on three different areas in the science field: computer science, engineering, and biomedical sciences.  Within these focus areas each grade level has modules aligned with the Iowa Core Science Standards.  Each module is set up with the same APB  (Activities, Project, Problem) Approach.  Students are given three activities, one project, and one problem in each module, each which builds upon the other.

 Fourth Grade Students working on building different types of machines in the Energy: Conversion Module.

First Grade students playing Rosie's Run Time--a coding game where students must create and follow commands to ensure Rosie returns safely home; this was an activity in their Animated Storytelling Module.

HMH Science Dimensions
For the 6th Grade Science curriculum HMH Science Dimensions Modules are implemented.  Students work within three different modules covering different areas of general biology:
  1. Module B: Cells and Heredity
  2. Module C: Ecology and Environment
  3. Module D: Diversity of Living Things

HMH Science Dimensions is also utilized at the Jr. High level for science as well.