K-5 Science Curriculum

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The 2017-2018 school year includes exciting new changes to science programming and curriculum. We are in the midst of a multi-year process of updating units to align with the new Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Framework.     

When teaching older SC units (currently aligned to 2006 standards) remember to look at the unit scope and sequence for guidance. Also, consider the eight practices of science and engineering (outlined in the new framework) to guide your teaching.

  1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
  2. Developing and using models
  3. Planning and carrying out investigations
  4. Analyzing and interpreting data
  5. Using mathematics and computational thinking
  6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
  7. Engaging in argument from evidence
  8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information


 Physical Properties of Water through focused play with water
 (Physical Science)
 Water As a habitat (Life & Earth Science)
 Nature Exploration (Life Science)

 Grade 1

 Observing Air & Weather & Seasonal Changes – year long theme
 (Physical Science/Earth Science)
 Life Cycles (Life Science)
 Sound & Light mini unit- in Pilot 2017-18

 Grade 2

 Marvelous Magnets & Maglev Design (Physical Science/Engineering)
 Tree Study- NEW 2016-17 (Life Science)
 Soil (Earth Science) 

 Grade 3

 Circuits & Pathways (Physical Science) 
 Fossils / Dinosaurs (Life Science)
 Rocks & Minerals (Earth Science)

 Grade 4

 Light & Shadow /Exploring Our Celestial Neighborhood
  (Physical/ Earth Science)
 Insects- **NEW 2017-18** (Life Science)
 Changing Earth (Earth Science) 

 Grade 5

 Simple Machine & Rube Goldberg Design Challenge
(Physical Science/ Engineering) 
The Marvelous Minority & The Bony Bunch (Life Science)
Weather & Water **NEW 2017-18** (Earth Science/Engineering)

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