Elementary Curriculum Overview

  • In grades PreK-4, the curriculum promotes scientific investigations based on student questions, observations, and the growing ability to communicate what they observe. In grades 3-4, students work on investigations in small groups or independently. Students become increasingly proficient in the process of selecting a question that can be answered, formulating a hypothesis, planning the steps of an experiment, and determining the most objective way to test the hypothesis. Students incorporate their mathematical skills of measuring and graphing when communicating their findings. 

    The PreK-4 Science Curriculum is designed to build foundational scientific skills and content knowledge. Curriculum resources include classroom books, software, special events and mentoring activities with local scientists provided by our ongoing partnership with the Woods Hole Science and Technology Education Partnership (WHSTEP)

    The district also provides a series of K-4 science kits designed to provide all students with a hands-on experience and promote more complex thinking. These kits have been researched and designed by the district's Science Curriculum Leaders and include extensive materials as well as detailed lesson plans and teacher resources to facilitate the delivery of a consistent learning experience for all students across the district.

    Grade

    Strand

    Description

    K

    Life Science

    The Five Senses

    K

    Earth Science

    Weather

    K

    Physical Science

    Sorting & Classifying

    1

    Life Science

    From Seed to Plant

    1

    Earth Science

    Pebbles, Sand and Silt

    1

    Physical Science

    Solids, Liquids & Gas

    2

    Earth and Space Science

    Amazing Air

    2

    Physical Science

    Balance and Motion

    2

    Life Science

    How Animals Grow and Change

    3

    Physical Science

    Energy

    3

    Life Science

    Food Chains and Webs

    3

    Earth and Space Science

    Solar System

    4

    Life Science

    Animal Adaptations

    4

    Technology/Engineering

    Simple Machines

    4

    Earth and Space Science

    Rocks and Mineral

Grade 1 Science Curriculum

Grade 2 Science Curriculum

Grade 3 Science Curriculum

Grade 4 Science Curriculum

Last Modified on July 14, 2017