Science Curriculum

AUGUST-SEPTEMBER     Physical Science

Week 1: Investigating Science  Introduce the nature of science, the scientific process and the habits required to solve problems.

Week 2: Properties of Matter  Explore the concept that all matter has properties that can be seen and measured, discusses some of the specific properties of matter.

Week 3: Changes in Matter  Discuss how matter can be changed from one state to another and how it can be combined physically or chemically.

Week 4: A Microscopic World  Introduce the world of atoms, elements, particles and tools for magnification and observation.

Week 5: Energy  Explore the various forms of energy, the flow of energy in a system and the ways energy can be changed from one form to another.

Week 6: Light and Sound  Discuss the properties of light (e.g., speed, reflection, refraction) and sound (e.g., vibration, pitch, volume).

OCTOBER-DECEMBER           Earth Science

Week 7: Magnets and Electricity  Introduce the relationship of electric charges, magnetic forces and electric currents.

Week 8: Move It!  Discuss motion, speed and direction, explores ways that motion can be predicted, measured and described.

Week 9: Force Factor   Explore different types of forces and how they affect objects, examines ways that forces can be predicted, measured and described.

Week 10: Shaping the Earth  Discuss the processes that shape the earth, explores the constant change brought about by waves, weather and shifting landmasses.

Week 11: Oceans and Waterways  Examine the characteristics of various bodies of water and explores the various forms of life that exist in Earth’s oceans, rivers and streams.

Week 12: Soil  Introduce the properties of different types of soil, the organisms that affect soil and how the quality of soil affects growing plants.

Week 13: Weather and Climate  Explore weather patterns, seasons and meteorology, examines ways weather is predicted, observed and recorded.

Week 14: Natural Disasters  Discuss various types of natural disasters(e.g., floods, earthquakes, hurricanes) and their effect on living things and their environments.


JANUARY-FEBUARY           Life Science

Week 15: To Protect and Conserve  Examine ways natural resources improve the quality of life, discusses the importance of protecting and conserving natural resources.

Week 16: Stars, Moons and Planets  Discuss the characteristics of celestial bodies and the organization of stars, moons and planets in our solar system.

Week 17: Earth's Place in the Universe  Explore the relationship of Earth to the sun, moon and other planets, introduces ways solar energy can be used on Earth.

Week 18: Science and Technology  Explore the relationship of science and technology in modern society, discusses responsibilities of scientists and researchers.

Week 19: Cells and Organisms  Examine the structure and function of living things, looks at the similarities and differences among various types of organisms.

Week 20: Heredity and Diversity  Discuss inherited traits in various living things and the importance of genetic diversity to the survival and well-being of organisms.

Week 21: Ecosystems  Explore the ways living things interact with their environment and with each other, discusses how different environments sustain different organisms.


MARCH-MAY           Life Science

Week 22: Competition and Adaptation  Focus on birds and discusses the importance of adaptation—how it allows birds to compete in their environments and, ultimately, to survive as a species.

Week 23: Earth's Plants  Explore the process by which plants grow,thrive and reproduce, discusses the importance of plants to people and animals.

Week 24: Earth's Animals  Discuss characteristics and behavior of various land animals, examines various habitats that sustain animal life.

Week 25: Endangered and Extinct Species  Examine various species of extinct and endangered animals, distinguishes among extinct, endangered and threatened.

Week 26: Our Body's Systems  Introduce the major organ systems of the human body and their functions.

Week 27: Keeping Fit and Healthy  Discuss the importance of staying fit and healthy, explores ways people can achieve and maintain good health.

Week 28: Science and Medicine  Explore the science of medicine, discusses advances in the medical field in the past, present and future.