• Elementary Science

    Our elementary science curriculum is based on SCIENCE 21, a curriculum written at PNWBOCES that is aligned with the recently adopted New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards. These new standards focus on the Three Dimensions of Science Learning which were adapted from the Next Generation Science Standards.

    Our kindergarten through 3rd grade students are fully immersed in the Science 21 curriculum linked to the new standards.  Our 4th grades and 5th grades will build on this foundation to complete the transition to the new standards over the next two years.

    Three Dimensions of Science Learning

    • Crosscutting Concepts (see below)
    • Science and Engineering Practices (see below)
    • Disciplinary Core Ideas (grade level specific)

    Crosscutting Concepts

    -Cause and Effect
    -Scale, Proportion and Quantity
    -Systems and System Models
    -Energy and Matter: Flows, Cycles and Conservation
    -Structure and Function
    -Stability and Change

    Science and Engineering Practices

    -Asking Questions and Defining Problems
    -Developing and Using Models
    -Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
    -Analyzing and Interpreting Data
    -Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
    -Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
    -Engaging in Argument from Evidence
    -Obtaining, Evaluating and Communicating Information

    Grade Level Unit Titles


    Unit 1: Weather and Climate/Matter and Its Interactions
    Unit 2: Forces and Interactions: Pushes and Pulls
    Unit 3: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Animals, Plants and Their Environment

    First Grade

    Unit 1: Earth’s Systems: Patterns and Cycles
    Unit 2: Waves: Light and Sound
    Unit 3: Structure, Function and Information Processing

    Second Grade

    Unit 1: Structure and Properties of Matter
    Unit 2: Earth’s Systems: Processes that Shape the Earth
    Unit 3: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

    Third Grade

    Unit 1: Forces and Interactions
    Unit 2: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
    Unit 3: Weather and Climate
    Unit 4: Inheritance and Variance of Traits

    *Fourth Grade - Organization in the Natural World

    • Unit 1: Organizing Ourselves for Doing Science
    • Unit 2: Digestion, Nutrients, Food Chains and Food Webs
    • Unit 3: Simple Machines
    • Unit 4: Organization of the Earth (constructive and destructive forces, rocks and minerals)

    **Fifth Grade - Interactions in the Natural World

    • Unit 1: Interactions of Chemical Matter (Focus on controlled studies)
    • Unit 2: Interactions in the Microworld (cells lead into...)
    • Unit 3: Interactions in the Human Body (respiratory/circulatory & muscular/skeletal systems and genetics)
    • Unit 4: Interactions in the Environment - Energy Transfer


    *Based on previous NYS Science Standards; new curriculum to be implemented in the 2020-21 school year

    **Based on the previous NYS Science Standards; new curriculum to be implemented in the 2021-2022 school year