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Guiding Questions

How are we alike? How are we different? How do we work together? Over time things change.

Big Ideas


Invite children to learn about the story of their family and the families of their classmates. Encourage children to share the stories and traditions that are unique to their family and learn about their friends.


Explore how people with different needs use transportation to get around. Investigate the ways in which various modes of transportation operate in Somerville and around the world, and develop an understanding of the ways we make transportation functional and safe for everyone.

Forces and Motion

Investigate basic physics concepts through hands-on scientific exploration. Create connections between the concepts of force, motion, and simple machines and how they are used to make everyday tasks easier. Practice using scientific strategies such as hypothesis, observation, measurement, and analysis.

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