K-5 Science Curriculum

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 http://www.doe.mass.edu/frameworks/scitech/2016-04.pdf

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
 This year, we've introduced two new units:

Grade 4 Insects. Highlights include live insects in the classroom, an insect design project, and a Science Center Bee program.

Grade 5 Weather and Water. Highlights include real data collected by state-of-the-art weather instruments at each school, a water filtering engineering project, and a Science Center watershed demonstration.

Click the appropriate grade level to learn more about the elementary science curriculum.

Grade 1.pdf
Grade 2.pdf
Grade 3.pdf
Grade 4.pdf
Grade 5.pdf

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