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Lower School Curriculum (PK-5)


Pre-Kindergarten (3 years old)
  • Explore scientific inquiry using the five senses
  • Ask questions and make predictions based on observations
  • Observe, explore, and compare changes that animals and plants contribute to in their surroundings
  • Explore objects in classroom with microscopes
  • Ask questions about objects, organisms, and events in their environment during conversations
  • Predict what will happen based on prior experiences
  • Explore that many objects are made up of many different parts (bell, telephone, etc.)
  • Observe and describe changes in weather and seasons
  • Introduce to the concept of translucent and opaque
  • Discuss motion (fast, slow, roll, bounce)
  • Explore ways of moving objects in different ways
  • Study animal habitats, discuss hibernation and migration
  • Compare and contrast physical differences among various species of animals and plants
  • Use objects to accomplish a purpose, complete a task, or solve a problem (block, k-nex to build ramps, bridges, structures, etc.)
Pre-Kindergarten (4 years old)
  • Explore natural phenomena on the AOA grounds including, but not limited to: insects, plants, leaves, water, soil and animals
  • Study skeletons, gravity, light and motion
  • Gain familiarity with magnifiers, balances and measurement devices
  • Participate in basic engineering including building, replicating, disassembling, changing and reconstructing objects and structures to see the effects of  different configurations
  • Explore physical surroundings by sorting, quantifying, building replicas, experimenting and collecting data using the five senses 


  • Travel around the AOA grounds in order to study insects, generate animal diagrams and study rocks
  • Launch a solar bag and play with gravity and motion
  • Develop understanding of life cycles through observing eggs develop to chicks, caterpillars to butterflies, or any chosen animal’s life cycle to follow
  • Participate in engineering including constructing and testing cars, experimenting with gears and mimicking an initial model and then tinkering with it to reach a design goal  to make it faster and perform a function better
  • Compare and contrast through evaluating and organizing aspects of the natural environment by metrics such as size, color, weight, flexibility and strength

First Grade 

  • Examine phases of matter
  • Investigate variations in plants, weather and animal needs using the AOA fields and woods as an extension of the science lab
  • Experience simple machines physically (being lifted or moved) and build personal simple machines with a variety of materials with allowances for experimentation
  • Gain familiarity with use of microscopes, thermometers, rulers and balances in order to gain competence in collecting data

Second Grade 

  • Experiment with sound
  • Experiment with a variety of projectiles
  • Engineer model bridges (classroom) and build real bridges (across creeks on campus)
  • Search on AOA grounds for moths and butterflies to capture and identify
  • Learn engineering components by experimenting with simple machines with Lego kits, building individual compound machine designs and creating paper airplane designs
  • Build and test catapults in an integrated unit on the study of the American Revolution
  • Test the grip various adhesive tapes
  • Develop an understanding of isolating variables in an intense study of isolating a single variable such as wing shapes, launch angles and size of counterweight

Third Grade 

  • Study chemical and physical change and properties of matter (mass, volume)
  • Use microscopes and video/photo software to document development of flowering plants
  • Observe animal needs (often outdoors on campus) and compare life cycles
  • Study the relationship of atoms, elements and molecules and experiment with different forms of energy (heat, electrical, magnetic, light, sound, potential/kinetic)
  • Learn to use logic to control robotic arms, build a Lego EV-3 rover, and engage in materials testing experiments
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of accuracy by placing an emphasis on accurately recounting the events and data collected in activities and experiments
Fourth Grade 

  • Study all aspects of water from molecular behavior to how water shapes the Earth
  • Collect real-time weather data and create a weather map
  • Observe and identify organelles in cells
  • Study the solar system
  • Complete a macroinvertebrate survey in the Chagrin River (access on campus)
  • Build a working wind turbine while studying sources of alternative energy
  • Participate in engineering by designing, building and programming EV-3 robots in preparation for an inter-scholastic robotics competition and creating inventive gadgets using Little Bits modular circuits
  • Learn how to analyze data by using data to draw conclusions, but also learn to question data validity

Fifth Grade
  • Study forces, motion and energy
  • Investigate the field of dendrology (trees) using the AOA grounds as the base for specimens
  • Learn about human body systems
  • Understand ecosystems and roles of populations on ecosystems
  • Continue engineering (from fourth grade) to design, build and program Lego EV-3 robots in preparation for an inter-scholastic robotics competition and also experiment with sound engineering creating electronic music using Little Bits Korg synthesizer kits
  • Develop understanding of variables by recognizing effects of variables and engaging  in experimental design by selecting which variables to control

Andrews Osborne Academy

Grades PK - 12, PG
PHONE (440) 942-3600
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Located In Willoughby, OH, Andrews Osborne Academy is a Private Co-ed Day & Boarding College Preparatory School For Grades PK - 12, PG. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.