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Elementary Science



1st & 2nd Grade Science
3rd and 4th Grade Science
 
Welcome to Elementary Science! 
 
The K-2 Science Scope & Sequence:
 
 
Kindergarten
"A Year of Exploration"
(Using our School Grounds)
1st Grade
"Examining the Earth"
(Using the Green Woods Pond)
2nd Grade
"A Deeper Understanding of our World"
(Using our grounds, community, and world)
1st
Trimester
 
Experiencing the Natural World through our 5 Senses
  • 5 Senses
  • Weather
  • Forest
 
 
 
Earth's Water & Water Habitats = Hydrosphere
  • Water Cycle
  • Types of Water Habitats
  • Ponds & Wetlands
  • Oceans
 
 
Amazing Animal Adaptations!
  • Animal classifications
  • Bats
  • Adaptations
  • Fossils & Extinct species
 
2nd
Trimester
 
Engineering & Agriculture
  • STEM - including Balance & Motion
  • Agriculture
 
 
 
 
 
Earth & Land Habitats
  • Rocks
  • Soil
  • Landforms
  • Biomes
  • Animals in Winter/Adaptations
 
 
Earth & Space
  • Earth's natural resources
  • Alternative energies
  • Weather
  • Reason for the seasons/space
 
 
3rd
Trimester
 
Exploring Ecology
  • Insects
  • Water Habitats
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Positive & Negative Human Effects on the Environment
  • Negative: Waste, overuse of resources, pollution, trash vortex, threatened/endangered species
  • Positive: Recycling, composting, reducing waste
  • Agriculture
 
Insects & Plants
  • Food Chains
  • Bees
  • IPM
  • Seeds/Plants
  • Flowers & Trees
 
 
 
Elementary Science Curriculum: Scope & Sequence

 

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

1st Trimester

Forests

    • Soil investigations, tree habitats
  • Treehouse exploration

Birds

    • Bird adaptations, bird habitats, bird observations
  • Audubon and treehouse exploration of birds

Water (General)

  • Review water cycle
  • Different sources of water on Earth, fresh water on Earth
  • Water use reduction
  • Water health

Watersheds

  • What is a watershed, what watershed do we live in
  • Contributions to a watershed include groundwater, surface water and precipitation
  • Capture, store, and release water
  • Seasonal watersheds
  • Dream a Stream

Earth and Time (Geological Time)

  • Geologic time
  • How Earth and solar system formed
  • Radioactive dating
  • Early Atmosphere and Earth
  • Big History Project

Inside Earth/Geology

  • Rocks and minerals, Earth-time scale, dinosaurs, fossils
  • Metamorphic, igneous, and sedimentary rocks

Plate Tectonics

  • Pangea and continental drift
  • Convergent/Divergent, Subduction, convection, mid ocean ridges

2nd Trimester

Sound and Physics

  • Waves, volume frequency, vibration, parts of the human ear, sonar, radar, echolocation
  • Newton’s Laws, force and motion, inertia and mass, action and reaction force

Solar System

  • Early astronauts, early discovery tools,
  • Sun, Earth, planets
  • What is a system, orbit, rotate, revolution
  • Meteors, comets, asteroids

Water Testing

  • Macroinvertebrates:
  • Vocab and materials for water testing
  • Dissolved Oxygen, pH, Nitrogen
  • Nitrates, biotic/abiotic, Phosphates
  • Use results of water testing to determine health of the water

Shad in the Classroom

  • Fish impacts on watersheds, water tests upstream and downstream, hydroponic plant garden? (water effects on plants)
  • Fish adaptations: Fashion a fish
  • Fred the Fish

Earthquakes

  • Seismic tomography, news and history
  • Epicenters, P/S waves, magnitude
  • Building for earthquakes, Richter vs. Modified Mercalli Scale
  • Building Project

Volcanoes

  • Types of volcanoes, ring of fire, extinct/dormant
  • Building Volcanoes

Maps

  • Basic cartography, orienteering, compass skills, topography/bathymetry
 3rd Trimester

Agriculture

  • Plant agriculture and sustainability, history of agriculture, biotic/abiotic factors, soil tests, CSAs
  • Other things on farms- animals, products from them

Food Cycles

  • Tie together plants and animals, herbivores/carnivores/ omnivores
  • Food processing, nutrition, farm to table
Dams
  • Flood control: effects on ecosystems/ habitats/ change, STEM building dams, natural dams
  • Hydroelectric Power: physical science tie in to magnets, electricity, kinetic/potential energy, circuits
  • Issues: Habitat change/loss, environmental impacts on watersheds

Estuaries

  • Horseshoe crabs, anatomy, fish, birds, wildlife
 Atmosphere
  • Early atmosphere
  • Layers of the atmosphere, air pressure, makeup, importance, heat absorption
  • Seasons

Weather and Climate

  • Weather forecasting, fronts, weather maps and symbols, isobars
  • Weather vs climate, climate change debate

Weathering/Erosion/Deposition

  • Types: wind, water, ice