Students regularly compost and recycle food, paper, plastic and metal waste. Paper and plastic products are often reused in a creative way. The Little School science curriculum incorporates many lessons that emphasize the value of natural recourses and their importance to us -- for example, how do trees help us? What can you reuse? What can you recycle?
The science curriculum also incorporates many lessons that allow students to observe their world, such as the changing of the seasons, weather patterns and more.
In the Lower School, students explore the environment and ways to take care of it. For example:
- In the spring, kindergarten students take a field trip to a farm to learn about plant and animal life cycles.
- In first grade, students read books about recycling, talk about ways to reduce and reuse materials, and practice these in the classroom.
- In second grade, girls study insect and honeybees, including making a model of the honeybee hive
- In third grade, students study erosion and ways to prevent it, as well as weather cycles.
- In fourth grade, students learn about where our drinking water comes from, as well as how to clean and conserve it. Students also make posters to post around the Lower School to inform students about water usage in the United States.
- In fifth grade, students complete a two-month-long unit on the environment, learning about ecosystems, the Bryn Mawr campus, and the plants and animals that are a part of it.