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SCIENCE CURRICULUM

The science curriculum provides a view of our world through the Earth/Space, Life, and the Physical sciences.  Students build upon their knowledge of the scientific method of inquiry based upon age appropriate levels of instruction. Teachers utilize teaching techniques such as cross grade level instruction, inter-departmental grade level instruction and STEM activities incorporating science, technology, engineering and math.

KINDERGARTEN

  • Thinking Like A Scientist (Scientists work to answer questions, scientists use process skills to do their jobs, scientists keep a record of their work, scientists use tools)

  • Objects & Materials-Physical Properties (objects have physical properties, physical properties can be changed)

  • Earth & Space (Pattern of the Sun, Moon, and Earth, objects look different depending on their location, visual representation of objects, observation)

  • Energy & Motion (Characteristics of plants and animals, compare and contrast plants and animals, five senses and related body parts)

  • Sound (sound, vibrate)

  • Living Things (Characteristics of plants and animals, compare and contrast plants and animals; five senses and related body parts)

1ST GRADE

  • Becoming a Scientist (asking questions and solving problems, parts of an experiment, five senses, tools scientists use)

  • Objects & Materials-Physical Properties (sorting and grouping, physical properties)

  • Energy and Motion (movement, speed, push and pull)

  • Earth (gravity, water, rocks, soil, living organisms and water)

  • Space (sun, stars)

  • Living Things (basic necessities for life)

  • Plants and Animals (parts of a plant, basic needs of plants)

2ND GRADE

  • The Practice of Science (empirical observations, inference, tools of scientists)

  • Living Things (basic needs for living things, habitats)

  • Life Cycles/Human Anatomy (animal life cycle, plant life cycle, body parts, function of body parts)

  • Earth’s Composition (Earth surface, soil)

  • Changing Patterns in Nature (patterns in nature, scientific inquiry)

  • Forms of Energy (solar energy, types of energy)

  • Properties/Changes of Matter (properties of matter, physical changes)

  • Force and Motion (push and pull, gravity)

3RD GRADE

  • Scientific Method (questioning, investigations, generating models and explanations)

  • Animals (classifying animals, animal behaviors)

  • Plants (classifying plants, plant structures and their roles, plants response to stimuli, seasonal changes for plants)

  • Stars (properties and characteristics, law of gravity, Sun, telescope, radiant energy)

  • Properties/Changes in Matter (properties of matter, changes in matter, measuring and comparing)

  • Energy (forms of energy, motion and change, light travel, properties of light, friction)

4TH GRADE

  • Nature of Science (exploring the natural world, scientific method, scientific models)

  • Plants and Animals (heredity, life cycles)

  • Interdependence (food chain/food web, environmental impacts)

  • Earth, Space, and Seasonal Changes (patterns of the night sky, rotation of the Earth, space research)

  • Earth’s Physical Structure (rocks and minerals, Earth’s resources, natural events that change the Earth’s surface)

  • Properties of Matter (physical properties, changes in matter)

  • Forms of Energy (basic forms of energy, motion, source of energy)

5TH GRADE

  • Practice of Science (scientific inquiry, analyze and make conclusions)

  • Earth and Space (attributes of the Milky Way and other galaxies, our solar system, physical attributes of each planet)

  • Earth Systems and Patterns (water cycle, weather, climate)

  • Matter (properties of matter, physical changes in matter, chemical changes in matter)

  • Force and Motion (force and changes in motion)

  • Energy (forms of energy, electricity, energy transfer)

  • Independence (reproduction, adaptation)

  • Living Organisms (structures of plants, structures of animals)

  • Human Organ Systems (human body and organs)

  • Health (healthy health practices, positive peer pressure, making good choices)

6TH GRADE

  • Nature of Science –Scientific Method to design and present a controlled experiment with a testable hypothesis—design and present an engineering design project—manipulate and use scientific tools—use and apply metric system—understand scientific ethics(Scientific Method and Engineering Practices)

  • Earth Space Science (Earth’s place in the universe using a model of the Earth-Sun-Moon System to describe cyclic patterns-role of gravity in the galaxies-analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system-scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth’ history-investigation of history and technology of the space program, Earth’s systems—energy-geo-science-fossils and rocks-continental shapes—sea floor structures and plate motions-Cycling of Water-changes in weather conditions-what determines regional climates, Earth and human activity-Earth’s mineral, energy and groundwater resources-interpretation of data on natural hazards to forecast-application of scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment-clarify evidence of factors regarding changes in global temperature)

7TH GRADE

7TH GRADE

  • Nature of Science-design and present a controlled experiment with a testable hypothesis—design and present an engineering design project, manipulate and use scientific tools, use and apply metric system, understanding of scientific ethics (Scientific Method and Engineering Practices)

  • Interactions, Energy Dynamics Relationships

  • From Molecules to Organisms Structures and Processes

  • Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits

  • Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

  • Life of a Non-Living Virus

  • Classification of Organisms

  • Vertebrates and Invertebrates Body Systems

8TH GRADE

  • Scientific Method and Engineering Practices—design and present a controlled experiment with a testable hypothesis

  • Design and present an engineering design project

  • Manipulate and use scientific tools

  • Use and apply metric system

  • Understanding of scientific ethics

  • Matter and Interactions

  • Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

  • Waves and their applications in technology for Information transfer