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  • 1-Science

    September 28, 2016

    1st Grade — Science Units Themes Crime scene investigations: forensic science Matter (solids and liquids) Ecology and biodiversity of the garden: honey bees, plant anatomy, plants as food Approaches to Learning Read alouds, observing experiments, using senses, classroom discussions, using evidence, constructing models, educational games

  • 2-Science

    September 28, 2016

    2nd Grade — Science Units Themes Food chains and webs Matter (gases and weather) Skeletal systems and vertebrates Owl pellets Water cycle and raising trout Forces and variables Approaches to Learning Constructing models, study trips, read alouds, group work, classroom discussions, experiments

  • 3-Science

    September 28, 2016

    3rd Grade — Science Units Themes Popcorn: science inquiry Matter and heat energy Physical and chemical reactions Atoms and elements Invertebrates: environments, life cycles, mealworms Approaches to Learning Designing and carrying out experiments, read alouds, graphing, design thinking, using tools of science, sketching, observing animals, using the scientific method

  • 4-Science

    September 28, 2016

    4th Grade — Science Units Themes Foundation of the scientific method The child, the brain, and the screen Exploration of magnetism Inventions and innovations Electricity and electrical circuits Puberty and changes in adolescence Approaches to Learning Read alouds, using scientific method, designing and carrying out investigations, graphing, partner and group work, design thinking

  • 5-Science

    September 28, 2016

    5th Grade — Science Units Themes Metric measurement Introduction to chemistry Circuits and electricity Engineering and design projects Programming and the Hour of Code Introduction to human body systems Health: human development Environmental detectives Watersheds and systems thinking Ecosystem (interdisciplinary) Project Highlights Element and molecule design Electrolysis of water Edible batteries Scribble machines Creating body system..

  • 6-Science

    September 28, 2016

    6th Grade — Science Units Themes Experimental design Space science Geology Water, oceans, and climate Food systems and gardening Puberty and reproductive health Project Highlights Genius Hour Podcasts (independent student choice science projects) Windmill project Solar system amusement park Student-designed garden experiments Approaches to Learning Project-based learning, hands-on investigations, labs, outdoor experiential learning, collaboration, direct instruction,..

  • 7-Science

    September 28, 2016

    7th Grade — Science Units Themes Velocity and acceleration Newton’s laws Experiential design Statistics and data analysis Heat and energy Simple machines and mechanical advantage Chemistry and the periodic table Electricity and magnetism Sound and waves Project Highlights Consumer testing project Mousetrap cars Paper circuits Pinball machines Record players Speaker Approaches to Learning Project-based learning, hands-on..

  • 8-Science

    September 28, 2016

    8th Grade — Science Units Themes Plants and gardening Evolution Human body systems Cells Genetics Biochemistry Ecology Project Highlights Natural selection comic strip Body systems inquiry Earth Day festival Growing carrots in the vertical garden Approaches to Learning: Modeling, data collection, analysis, and interpretation, evidence-based argumentation, engineering, experimental design, direct instruction

  • k-Science

    September 28, 2016

    Kindergarten — Science Units Themes Weather and Climate Tree Homes: Habitats and Needs of an Animal Simple Machines Approaches to Learning Graphing, read-alouds, classroom discussions, role-playing, sketching in a nature journal, study trips

  • k-Language

    September 12, 2016

    Kindergarten — Language Arts Reading and writing are taught explicitly during dedicated times each week. We use Lucy Calkins Writing and Collaborative Classroom Being a Reader throughout each grade level K-2. Reading Being a Reader Reading with print strategies and sight word power Phonological and phonemic awareness Print concepts Approaches to Learning Small groups Games..