In Kindergarten, students are introduced to the study of science by investigating the world they live in. They will learn about the five senses, motion, living things and what they need to survive, using resources wisely, and weather. They will also be introduced to some of the tools used in a science classroom.
In second grade, students begin to deepen their science investigation skills. During the physical science unit, students will study the structure and properties of matter and that matter is in the form of liquids, solids, and gases. They will also learn about heating and cooling and how matter changes. In earth science, students will discuss the processes that shape the earth, weather and erosion, and understanding maps. During life science, students will continue to investigate plants and animals and their interdependent relationships in ecosystems.
In fourth grade, students will be expected to apply the skills they have learned in previous to build on their knowledge and investigations. During life science, they will learn about light reflection and how we see as well as internal and external structures of plants and animals and their functions. In earth science, they will look at rock formations, erosion, and earth structures and patterns. In physical science, they will test solutions, learn how energy moves from place to place, how energy can be used, and discuss energy and fuels that are derived from natural resources.
In first grade, the topics in science class build on what students were introduced to in Kindergarten. Students will study vibration and sound, light and mirrors, communication over long distances, parts of a plant, body parts of animals, how animals move, animal behavior, and animal communication including how offspring communicate with their parents.
During third grade physical science, students will investigate forces and interactions, motion, magnets, cause and effect relationships, and defining and solving a problem. In life science, they will further their investigations from second grade on interdependent relationships in an ecosystem, how living things make changes, coping with change, life cycles, and inherent and acquired traits. In earth science, they will learn how to develop a model and construct an experiment. They will also continue to discover about weather and climate, patterns and predictions, weather hazards, and how to reduce the impact of weather hazards.