Quality Curriculum
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Curriculum in grades 1-6 includes a core science unit in the areas of physical, earth and life sciences at each grade level. Currently, kindergarten has three physical science units (see chart below).
 
GRADE LIFE SCIENCE EARTH SCIENCE PHYSICAL SCIENCE
K Ladybugs - Wood/Paper
Fabric
1 Organisms Weather Solids and Liquids
2 Life Cycle of Butterflies Soils Balancing and Weighing
3 Plant Growth and Development Rocks and Minerals Sound
4 Animals Studies Land and Water Electric Circuits
5 Food Chemistry (health) -- Motion and Design
Mixtures and Solutions
6 Experiments with Plants Landforms Measuring Time

Characteristics of a Good Hands-on Science Curriculum:

  • Developmentally appropriate for children
  • Explores important science topics in depth
  • Centered around hands-on investigations of scientific phenomena
  • Stimulates student inquiry
  • Teaches science process skills in the context of investigations
  • Teaches students to work together in teams
  • Are appropriate for diverse student populations
  • Captures teachers’ imaginations
  • Manageable in classrooms
  • Makes use of materials that are inexpensive and widely available
  • Facilitates integration, especially in mathematics and language arts
  • Includes methods for assessing student learning
 
 


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