Elementary Science Curriculum

Listed below are the questions which your students will learn to answer as they move through the SCSD Science and Technology Program from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade.

Kindergarten
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Kindergarten

Living Environment

  • How can you recognize living things?
  • How is one generation similar to the previous or the following generation?
  • How do living things adapt to survive in their environment?
  • What sustains the continuity of life?
  • What sustains the continuity of life?
  • How do plants and animals respond to their environment?
  • What is the relationship between plants, animals and their environment?
  • How have human decisions and activities been helpful or harmful to the environment?

Physical Setting

  • How can the movement of the Earth and celestial bodies be observed and measured over time?
  • What impact does this have on daily life?
  • How do air, water, and land interact?
  • How can matter be described?
  • How does energy change things?
  • How do energy and matter interact to create change in motion?

Scientific Inquiry/Mathematical Analysis

  • What do I need to know? How can I find out?
  • How many? How much? How do you know?
  • What makes it work? How can I make it?


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1st Grade

Living Environment

  • How can you recognize living things?
  • How is one generation similar to the previous or the following generation?
  • How do living things adapt to survive in their environment?
  • What sustains the continuity of life?
  • How do plants and animals respond to their environment?
  • Are human decisions and activities helpful or harmful?
  • What is the relationship between plants, animals and their environment?

Physical Setting

  • How do energy and matter interact to create change in motion?
  • How can the movement of the Earth and celestial bodies be observed and measured over time?
  • How do air, water, and land interact?
  • How can matter be described?
  • How does energy change things?

Scientific Inquiry/Mathematical Analysis

  • What do I need to know? How can I find out?
  • How many? How much? How do you know?
  • How can matter be described?
  • What makes it work? How can I make it?


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2nd Grade

Living Environment

  • How can you recognize living things?
  • How is one generation similar to the previous or the following generation?
  • How do living things adapt to survive in their environment?
  • What sustains the continuity of life?
  • How do plants and animals respond to their environment?
  • What is the relationship between plants, animals and their environment?
  • Are human decisions and activities helpful or harmful?

Physical Setting

  • How can the movement of the Earth and celestial bodies be observed and measured over time?
  • How do air, water, and land interact?
  • How can matter be described?
  • How does energy change things?
  • How do energy and matter interact to create change in motion?

Scientific Inquiry/Mathematical Analysis

  • What do I need to know? How can I find out?
  • How many? How much? How do you know?
  • How can matter be described?
  • What makes it work? How can I make it?


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3rd Grade

Living Environment

  • How can you recognize living things?
  • How do living things adapt to survive in their environment?
  • How is one generation similar to the previous or the following generation?
  • What sustains the continuity of life?
  • How do plants and animals respond to their environment?
  • What is the relationship between plants, animals and their environment?
  • Are human decisions and activities helpful or harmful?

Physical Setting

  • How can the movement of the Earth and celestial bodies be observed and measured over time?
  • How do air, water, and land interact?
  • How can matter be described?
  • How does energy change things?
  • How do energy and matter interact to create change in motion?

Scientific Inquiry/Mathematical Analysis

  • What do I need to know? How can I find out?
  • How many? How much? How do you know?
  • How can matter be described?
  • What makes it work? How can I make it?


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4th Grade

Living Environment

  • How can you recognize things?
  • How is one generation similar to the previous and the following one?
  • How do living things adapt to survive in their environment?
  • What sustains the continuity of life?
  • How do plants and animals respond to their environment?
  • What is the relationship between plants, animals, and their environment?
  • Are human decisions and activities helpful or harmful?

Physical Setting

  • How can the movement of the Earth and celestial bodies be observed and measured over time?
  • How do air, water, and land interact?
  • How can matter be described?
  • How does energy change things?
  • How do energy and matter interact to create change in motion?

Scientific Inquiry/Mathematical Analysis

  • What do I need to know? How can I find out?
  • How many? How much? How do you know?
  • How can matter be described?
  • What makes it work? How can I make it?


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5th Grade

Unit 1: Connecting Math and Science

  • Why is important to have an understanding of mathematics as it relates to science?

Unit 2: Scientific Inquiry

  • How do scientists answer questions and solve problems?

Unit 3: Body Systems

  • How do the interactions of different organs and organ systems help maintain regulation?

Unit 4: Comparing Plants and Animals

  • What structures in plants and animals are similar in function and how does this lead to classification?

Unit 5: Ecosystems and Energy Flow

  • How do organisms interact with each other and their environment, and what impact do humans have on these interactions?


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