Science @ 29
At PS29, Science is taught as a part of our specialty program, with student across grades K-5 attending Science class 1-2 times weekly. Our Science program is shared by two teachers who have both been a part of the PS29 community for MANY years!
Tina Aprea-Reres teaches in Room 113. Ms. Reres has been a NYCDOE educator since 1994. She was first a classroom teacher for 8 years, before she moved to the lower grade science position.
Molly Dubow teaches in Room 414. Molly has been a NYCDOE educator since 2001. After many years as a beloved classroom teacher at 29, she is now making a transition to the Science specialty position. Molly has a degree in Environmental Studies from University of Wisconsin.
In science classes at 29, students learn through hands on exploration. Our lessons are designed to offer experiences that help students understand, explain and build upon science concepts as they grow through their years of science at 29. They learn about matter, talk about the properties and how the properties of different matter help us. They make close observations of animals, plants and learn about the inter-relationships we share with them. They make connections between what they learn in the classroom and the world around us.
Throughout our units, students are often asked to observe natural phenomena, which are any events that happen in the universe and that we can use our science knowledge to explain and predict. Students will often design solution to problems that arise from phenomena using the engineering model when possible. By centering our science classes on phenomena that students are motivated to explain, we go from learning about topics to figuring out why and how things happen in the world around us.
Our PS 29 Children’s Garden serves as an outdoor classroom where students across all grades gather to learn about insects, the lifecycle of plants and how plants grow. The garden is also a place where students ask questions, conduct experiments and design solutions to problem that arise there. By growing vegetables, they gain an appreciation for the food they eat and are often eager to taste what they harvest! This learning culminates with our Harvest Week celebration every October. We strive to instill a respect for all living things.