Our science curriculum is FOSS Next Generation, an inquiry-based, hands-on program that engages students in the study of the concepts and practices of science. We will switch classrooms for each science unit.
Motion and Matter with Mrs. Jones
Physical sciences core ideas dealing with forces and interactions, matter and its interactions, and with engineering design.
Investigation 1: Forces Students explore the forces of magnetism and gravity using magnets. Building on their experiences with magnetic force, students explore other pushes and pulls, considering strength and direction and are introduced to the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces. (FOSS Next Generation Motion and Matter, n.d.)
Investigation 2: Patterns of Motion Students use a variety of systems to explore patterns of motion. Wheel-and-axel systems, flying spinners, and student-designed tops are used to investigate the interactions and variables involved in motion. (FOSS Next Generation Motion and Matter, n.d.)
Investigation 3: Engineering Students tackle an engineering design challenge in incremental steps. They use their knowledge of science to enter the engineering design process and, through this process, refine their science understanding. (FOSS Next Generation Motion and Matter, n.d.)
Investigation 4: Mixtures Students build on the science concepts of matter and its interactions. They make mixtures and solutions to develop a foundational understanding of conservation of mass, and they observe a simple chemical reaction to extend their understanding of conservation. (FOSS Next Generation Motion and Matter, n.d.)
Reference: FOSS Next Generation Motion and Matter. (n.d.). Web. Retrieved 2019, July 4.
Structures of Life with Ms. Skalecki
This unit consists of four investigations dealing with big ideas in life science- plants and animals are organisms and exhibit a variety of strategies for life, organisms are complex and have variations in their traits that may provide an advantage in surviving in the environment. Students observe, compare, categorize, and care for a selection of organisms. Students engage in science and engineering practices to investigate structures and behaviors of the organisms and learn how some of the structures function in growth and survival. Students look at the interactions between organisms of the same kind, among organisms of different kinds, and between the environment and populations over time. (FOSS Next Generation).
Water and Climate with Mrs. Arshem
Provides students with experiences to explore the properties of water, the water cycle and weather, interactions between water and other earth materials, and how humans use water as a natural resource. Students engage in science and engineering practices in the context of water, weather, and climate and explore the crosscutting concepts of patterns; cause and effect; scale, proportion, and quantity; and systems and system models. They are introduced to the nature of science, how science affects everyday life, and the influence of engineering, technology, and science on society and the natural world. (FOSS Next Generation).