Science @ 29
Primary Science, for grade PreK-2, is taught in Room 113 by Tina Aprea-Reres. 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.
In the primary science classes students learn, through hands on exploration, the experiences needed to understand and explain science concepts as they grow through their science years. 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.
Our PS 29 Children’s Garden serves as an outdoor classroom where students learn about insects, the lifecycle of plants and how plants grow. By growing vegetables, they gain an appreciation for the food they eat and are often eager to taste what they harvest. We strive to instill a respect for all living things. The garden is also a place where students ask questions, conduct experiments and design solutions to problem that arise there.
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 something happens.
Upper grade science, for students in grades 3-5, is taught by Megan Tiso. Ms. Tiso graduated from Lehigh University in 2012 with a Bachelors degree in Anthropology and a concentration in pre-medicinal sciences. She joined Americorps at Open Door in Port Chester, NY with the hope of applying to medical school and fell in love with teaching. After 2 years of teaching health classes for the Americorps program, she received her masters at NYU in Childhood/Early Childhood and Special Education.
Ms. Tiso began teaching science at P.S. 29 in February of 2016. She is currently a SciED innovators fellow, and believes in inquiry based and collaborative science learning through real world experience and projects. She has helped plan Super Science Saturday and the fifth grade science fair the past 2 years.