K-5

Science in Elementary and Intermediate Schools

Grades K-5

 

            Students begin applying Science and Engineering Practices as early as kindergarten, where they set the foundations to develop their scientific discoveries.  While engaging in a variety of hands-on activities, students will explore the realms of physical, life, and earth sciences; while collaborating on engineering problem solving performance tasks.  Students in grades 1-2 will participate in topic investigations designed to encourage curiosity, exploration, and critical thinking, while applying science concepts learned.  In grades 3-5, students will begin to collaborate on selecting variables, creating and carrying out investigations, collecting data, and communicating findings.  They will be working to develop critical skills in reporting claims supported by evidence and scientific reasoning – work that will carry into their middle school years.

 

Topics of study for each grade level are:

Grade 1

Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles

Structure, Function, and Information Processing

Waves: Light and Sound

 

Grade 2

Earth’s Systems: Processes that Shape the Earth

Structure and Properties of Matter

Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

 

Grade 3

Weather and Climate

Forces and Interactions

Inheritance and Variation of Traits

Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

 

Grade 4

Earth’s Systems

Structure, Function, and Information Processing

Energy

Waves

 

Grade 5

Structure and Properties of Matter

Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems

Earth’s Systems

Space Systems