• Science & Technology

  • Kindergarten Science & Engineering

    In kindergarten, students learn to observe and describe natural phenomena to look for patterns. Students study how designers create and test solutions. They begin to develop an understanding of structure and function in the built environment and the natural world.

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  • First Grade Science & Engineering

    In first grade, students investigate light and sound, including vibration from sound waves and the effect of different materials on the path of a beam of light. Students use their understanding of light from the Light & Sound unit to understand why the sun, moon, and stars are visible. Students will explore the sequential nature of computer programs through hands-on activities both with and without a computer. The final unit focuses on animals and includes exploration of animal life cycles and survival needs. The concept of variation is introduced by learning that young animals are similar to but not exactly like their parents and that the needs of young animals are sometimes different that those of adults. Students will also explore the design concept of biomimicry - in which structures found in nature are used to design solutions to human problems.

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  • Second Grade Science & Engineering

    In second grade, students will build upon their understanding of the basic needs of plants and animals developed in Kindergarten and First Grade. They will explore materials science and investigate and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties, including color, texture, and heat conduction. They will explore computer science combining mathematics and computers and investigate numerical relationships while learning about the sequence and structure required in computer programs. Students will learn that in nature, some changes happen slowly and others happen quickly. They will learn about the water cycle and water’s effect on the Earth’s surface.

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  • Third Grade Science & Engineering

    In third grade, students will learn that scientists record patterns of the weather across different times and areas so that they can make predictions about what kind of weather might happen next. Students will analyze data to determine how the motion of an object is changed by an applied force or the mass of an object. Starting with computer-free activities and progressing to programming in a blocks-based language on a tablet, students learn how to think computationally about a problem. Students make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.

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  • Fourth Grade Science & Engineering

    In fourth grade, students identify the conversion of energy between forms and the energy transfer required to move energy from place to place. They will develop a model of waves to describe patterns in terms of amplitude or wavelength and that waves can cause objects to move. Students will identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time. In this exploration of how computers work, students are encouraged to make analogies between the parts of the human body and parts that make up a computer. Students are introduced to the structures of plants and animals - with an emphasis on their functions.

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  • Fifth Grade Science & Engineering

    In fifth grade, students will take a deeper, more advanced dive into matter, energy, and their relationship with ecosystems and environments. They will study the characteristics and motion of objects in our solar system and examine how relative distance in space impacts light. Students will end their year with a unit on robotics and automation, developing skills needed to build and program an autonomous robot.

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Science and Engineering

  • The K-5 curriculum for Science and Engineering is designed to nurture students' natural sense of wonder and curiosity about the world. Emphasis is placed on students engaging in exploration, discovery, problem solving and scientific discourse as they learn content. In order to achieve this, the curriculum includes a balance between the practices, content, and crosscutting concepts of science and engineering.

  • Grades K-2

  • Grades 3-5

  • Implementation of Curriculum

  • First Underlying Structure

  • Seven Crosscutting Concepts

  • Second Underlying Structure

  • Practices

  • Standards