Grades K - 5 Science Adoption
We are excited to announce the adoption of our new Science curriculum programs for grades K through 5. During the 2017-2018 school year, our elementary schools will begin the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
The NGSS uses the following graphic to illustrate the foundational principles for the teaching and learning of Science:
- The Practices: describe behaviors that scientists engage in as they investigate and build models and theories about the natural world and the key set of engineering practices that engineers use as they design and build models and systems
- Crosscutting Concepts: a way of linking the different domains of science. They include: Patterns, similarity, and diversity; Cause and effect; Scale, proportion and quantity; Systems and system models; Energy and matter; Structure and function; Stability and change.
- Disciplinary Core Ideas: the important concepts in each of four domains: physical sciences, life sciences, Earth and space sciences, and engineering, technology, and applications of science.
The Science Committee has met often and worked diligently for the past two years to become vastly familiar with the NGSS, explore curricula, and make informed decisions to select the best possible resources for our students and staff.
The committee selected National Geographic Learning as the program for grades 1-5. National Geographic’s Science program gives our students an abundance of NGSS-aligned informational text coupled with stunningly illustrated Science leveled trade books. It combines instruction in Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts to meet the rigor of the NGSS. This program also provides for 21st century learning through the use of technology. Via access to the interactive e-book, our students will engage with videos, simulations, and differentiated learning content. Students will be evaluated using traditional, digital, Science notebooks and performance-based assessments.
Our kindergarten has adopted Teacher Created Materials to develop inquiry-based learning skills through a combination of engaging leveled books/texts that combine Science and Literacy. This program will develop students’ understanding of scientific concepts with exciting fact-filled text while learning to analyze scientific data and draw conclusions through simple science experiments and other digital resources. This series of books includes real-life photos, charts, illustrations and simple science experiments to keep students motivated and engaged in Science.
At all levels, our students will learn scientific ideas through teacher-led instruction and structured investigations. Students in grades K through 5 will experience Science in a developmental progression defined by and aligned with the NGSS. Our students will integrate the knowledge of scientific explanations and the practices needed to engage in scientific inquiry and engineering design through the 5E model of Inquiry-Based Science:
Engagement: Students are drawn to a challenge because it’s iinteresting and captures the imagination.
Exploration: Students start to explore science and engineering principles through activities where they
encounter problems or ask questions.
Explanation: Students describe what they think is happening. They’re ready to learn from their teacher
AND their peers.
Elaborate: Students apply what they’ve learned to the engineering design challenge.
Evaluate: Students reflect on what they have learned.