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Science Curricular Overview

Science overviews for Gan, 1st and 2nd grades can be found in each class’s General Studies Curricular Overview.

3rd Grade

  • By the end of the year, students will be able to carry out investigations by using instruments, observing, recording, and drawing conclusions.
  • By the end of the year, students will be able to work individually and collaboratively to design and produce a product to solve a problem
  • By the end of the year, students will be able to use simple tools and materials to solve problems in creative ways

Methods

  • Hands on experiments
  • Scientific reading and research
  • STEM activities
  • Guest speakers/ field trips

Resources

  • FOSS Science KITs

Topics

  • Land and water (including natural disasters)
  • Robots and engineering

4th Grade

  • By the end of the year, students will be able to analyze a the human body system in terms of sub systems and explain the inner workings of each
  • By the end of the year, students will be able to identify parts of living and non-living systems
  • By the end of the year, students will be able to carry out investigations by using instruments, observing, recording, and drawing conclusions.

Methods

  • Hands on experiments
  • Scientific reading and research
  • STEM activities
  • Guest speakers/ field trips

Resources

  • FOSS Science KITs

Topics

  • Chemistry of the human body
  • Electricity and magnets

5th Grade

  • By the end of the year, students will be able to investigate scientifically, and work effectively as a member of an investigative team
  • By the end of the year, students will be able to plan different kinds of investigations, including field studies, systematic observations, models, and controlled experiments
  • By the end of the year, students will be able to Analyze and think logically about evidence to deepen conceptual understanding of natural phenomena, such as earthquakes and volcanos.
  • By the end of the year, students will be able to Transfer and apply insights and abilities in science and technology to address local, regional, and global issues.

Methods

  • Hands on experiments
  • Scientific reading and research
  • STEM activities
  • Guest speakers/ field trips

Resources

  • FOSS Science KITs

Topics

  • Rocks and minerals
  • Simple machines