K-5 Science Curriculum

The 2019-2020 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 and Eight Practices of Science and Engineering.

See our current Curriculum Planning/Standards Map.

When teaching older SC units (currently aligned to 2006 standards) remember to look at the unit "scope and sequence" for guidance. 

Kindergarten Full day kindergarten's integrated curriculum is comprised of four units and the science curriculum correlates as follows:
Communities and properties of matter (earth science)
 Plants and animals
(life science)
(physical science)
 Our Earth 
(physical science)

 Grade 1

 Observing Air & Weather & Seasonal Changes – year long theme
 (Physical Science/Earth Science)
 Life Cycles (Life Science)
 Sound & Light Mini Unit-
**New 2018-19**

 Grade 2

 Marvelous Magnets & Maglev Design (Physical Science/Engineering) Mitchell Videos
 Tree Study- NEW 2016-17 (Life Science)
        Ms. Teng's tree journals . (Newman)
        Ms. Katan's Tree play (Mitchell)
 Soil (Earth Science) 

 Grade 3

 Circuits & Pathways (Physical Science) 
 Survivor!  (Life Science) **NEW 2019-20**
 Rocks & Minerals (Earth Science)

 Grade 4

 Light & Shadow /Exploring Our Celestial Neighborhood
  (Physical/ Earth Science)
 Insects- UPDATED 2018-19(Life Science)
 Changing Earth (Earth Science) 

 Grade 5

Ecosystems Restoration (Life Science) **NEW 2019-20**
Weather & Water UPDATED 2018-19 (Earth Science/Engineering)
Simple Machine & Rube Goldberg Design Challenge 
(Physical Science/ Engineering) 

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