Springfield Township School 
Science Curriculum

Overview:  
Our science curriculum is based on the use of conceptual themes and scientific methods of reasoning and thinking.  These themes provide valuable tools that chart the way for students to recognize and understand the application of science to life and living.  In addition, understanding science and the extraordinary insights it has produced can be meaningful and relevant on a personal level, opening new worlds to explore and offering lifelong opportunities for enriching people's lives. In these contexts, learning science is important for everyone, even those who eventually choose careers in fields other than science or engineering.

Mission: 
Scientifically literate individuals possess the knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes required for personal decision-making, participation in civic and cultural affairs, and economic productivity.

Vision:  
The science standards are designed to help realize a vision for education in the sciences and engineering in which students, over multiple years of school, actively engage in scientific and engineering practices and apply crosscutting concepts to deepen their understanding of the core ideas in these fields. The learning experiences provided for students should engage them with fundamental questions about the world and with how scientists have investigated and found answers to those questions. Throughout grades K-12, students should have the opportunity to carry out scientific investigations and engineering design projects related to the disciplinary core ideas (pp. 8-9, NRC, 2012).

Science (K-6)

Scope and Sequence

Grade:

Trimester 1

Trimester 2

Trimester 3

Kindergarten

 

Weather and Seasons 
(on-going)

 

Animal Species

Plants

First Grade

Space Systems:

Patterns in the Sky

Living Things

Balance and Motion

Second Grade

 

Changes 
in the Sky

 

 

Solids, Liquid,
and Gases

 

Interactions of Living Things

Third Grade

Earth and Moon

Matter

Life Cycles

Fourth Grade

Earth’s Land

Properties of Matter

 

Classifying

Living Things

Magnetism and Electricity

 

Weather and Climate

Fifth Grade

Light

and

Sound

 

Solar System 
and Beyond

 

 

Systems in 
Living Things

 

 


Ecosystems

 

Body Systems

Sixth Grade

 

Rocks, Minerals, and 
Tectonic Plates

 

Forces

and

Motion

Matter

 

Weather

 
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