Our Science Curriculum

Evergreen’s science program emphasizes a hands-on and minds-on approach to learning. Students are actively engaged in the discovery process that allows them to practice problem-solving skills, develop the ability to ask scientific questions, develop positive science attitudes, learn new science content and increase their science literacy.

The goal for our scientifically literate students is to understand the science concepts and processes and be able apply them in real life situations. Students engaged in scientific inquiry become observers and active explorers, who pose questions, theorize, hypothesize, predict, conduct experiments, reach conclusions, and communicate their discoveries. In our science classrooms, students make interdisciplinary reading, writing, and math connections, students develop an understanding of the inter-dependency of living things as well as a respect for the Earth.

Overview of the Program by Grade Level

Science 21 – Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES

Pearson/Scott Foresman Science (Grades 1-2)

Interactive Science: A Science Curriculum by Pearson (Grades 3-5)

Science 21- Kindergarten

The Science 21 Kindergarten curriculum is aligned with the draft New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards, (NYSSLS) and connects to the NYS Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Math. The program is based on an inquiry approach with hands-on student- driven investigations. A 5E Model is used to increase the students’ role in learning.

Engage: Students are first engaged with an interesting prompt or phenomenon.

Explore: Students explore other examples and related materials to gain understanding.

Explain: The students’ developing understanding is expanded by sharing their ideas with the teacher and peers during the explain portion of the instruction.

Elaborate: Students elaborate on their knowledge by applying it to a new example or situation.

Evaluate: The lesson or unit culminates with evaluation through various forms of assessment.

The Science 21 Kindergarten Curriculum encourages students to identify real-world human problems, design solutions, evaluate solutions and communicate this information in a variety of ways including spoken, written, pictorial, graphical, and mathematical forms. Students experience engineering design, learn the vocabulary of technology and innovation, and apply their understanding of science concepts to solve problems.

Kindergarten Units:

Unit 1 Weather and Climate

Unit 2 Forces and Interactions: Pushes and Pulls

Unit 3 Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Animals, Plants, and Their Environment

Interactive Science/ Pearson –Elementary

An integral component of the Interactive Elementary Program is the Understanding by Design Framework. The goal of this philosophy is to move students from content recall to deep understanding. This is accomplished by providing the students with opportunities to investigate, explore, test, and verify important concepts.

Students are presented with BIG Ideas and Big Questions from which they make many science connections between science facts. These connections assist them to arrive at new understandings about the natural world. Big Questions challenge theories and encourage students to stretch their thinking using content to support and inform their answers.

The Elementary Interactive Science has 4 levels of hands-on and minds-on inquiry.

Level 1- The foundation is set with Before Concept Activities,

Level 2- The foundation is built upon with Directed Inquiry.

Level 3- Guided Inquiry activities,

Level 4- Open-ended Inquiry activities

Grade 1 Units:

Unit A: Life Science (Living and Nonliving, Habitats, Plants, Animals, Life Cycles, Food Chains)

Unit B: Earth Science (Land, Water, Air, and Weather)

Unit C: Physical Science (Observing Matter, Movement, Sound and Energy)

Unit D: Space and Technology (Day and Night Skies and Science in Our World)

Grade 2 Units:

Unit A: Life Science (Plants, Animals, How Plants and Animals Live Together, How Living Things Grow and Change)

Unit B: Earth Science (Land, Water, Air, Weather, Season, Fossils and Dinosaurs)

Unit C: Physical Science (Properties of Matter, Energy, Forces and Motion, and Sound)

Unit D: Space and Technology (Earth and Space and Technology in Our World)

Grade 3 Units:

Unit A: Science, Engineering, and Technology (The Nature of Science, Technology and the Design Process)

Unit B: Life Science (Plants, Living Things and Ecosystems)

Unit C: Earth Science (Earth and Weather, Earth and Our Universe,)

Unit D: Physical Science (Matter, Energy and Its Forms, Heat, Forces and Motion)

Grade 4 Units:

Unit A: Science, Engineering, and Technology (The Nature of Science, Technology and Design)

Unit B: Life Science (Plants, Animals and Ecosystems)

Unit C: Earth Science (Earth’s Resources, Earth and Space)

Unit D: Physical Science (Matter, Energy, Heat, Electricity, Magnetism, and Motion)

In April of the fourth grade, all New York State students sit for a performance and written science assessment of the Elementary Core Curriculum.

Grade 5 Units:

At the intermediate level the curriculum builds upon the foundations established in grades K-4.

Unit A: Science, Engineering, and Technology (The Nature of Science, Design and Function)

Unit B: Life Science (Classifying Organisms, Growth and Survival, Structure and Function, Ecosystems)

Unit C: Earth Science (The Water Cycle and Weather, Earth’s Surface, Earth and Space)

Unit D: Physical Science (Properties of Matter, Forces and Motion, Changing Forms of Energy)

Interactive Science –Middle School Grade 6

The Middle School Interactive Science (6-8) is a comprehensive science curriculum that supports project-based inquiry and hands-on learning. Lessons incorporate Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) including, engineering practices and interdisciplinary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities and projects. Resources and instructional strategies utilized for learning STEM concepts include Virtual STEM labs, a STEM activity book, and online STEM Quest activities that enrich learning with more complex, real-world projects. Digital STEM Quest activities facilitate in-depth student investigations into questions related to the subject matter of each of the Interactive Science modules. Students use scientific inquiry, experimentation, and engineering principles to formulate answers or design solutions to questions.