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New Science Specialist, Morah Hannah Lynch, Enhances CJDS Science Curriculum
Jen Minkus

Thinking outside the box is a concept Grade 6 Science Teacher/Lower School Science Specialist, Morah Hannah Lynch, has never shied away from. As a result, incorporating this concept into her teaching style comes naturally. This is Hannah's first year at CJDS. She said she feels extremely grateful to teach in an environment that offers her space to explore fully with students while encouraging them to take risks. Hannah likes to approach science with children similar to how a scientist would. She teaches them to search through inquiry by figuring out ways to investigate while discovering answers along the way.

"It's remarkable how capable kids are on their own," Hannah says. "I love seeing what they come up with when you take a step back and let them make their own discoveries. This encourages them to be open to wrong answers, and what they learn from this process pushes them to apply the inquiry mindset in other aspects of their life."

Hannah adds that one highlight of working at CJDS is the flexibility she's given to experiment with kids, allowing her to form deep connections that enhance her teaching. As a lower school science specialist, Hannah enjoys collaborating with lower school teachers to develop and teach the curriculum while consulting with them through the duration of the unit. Read more below for a glimpse into the latest science curriculum in three of the grades...

Hannah's Lower School Science Update

Grade 2 observed the textures of different materials through the use of rubbings. They found that materials have different properties and that some are stronger than others. They applied their findings to try to make a strong tower out of the materials given.

Grade 3 recently completed their unit learning about water and its properties. They investigated surface tension by looking at how particles in water behave and how particle behavior changes when water is hot or cold. 

Grade 4 students are exploring the relationship between energy and magnetism and began with the phenomenon of a broken flashlight. They made observations of the flashlight and came up with questions that led them to investigate circuits and how energy is transferred to light a bulb.