Science

Kindergarten Goals: 

Students will:

  •  Observe and record weather conditions including daily weather, temperature, seasons and seasonal clothing.
  • Utilize their five senses to interpret the world around them.
  • Understand the importance of conserving water, paper and electricity use this knowledge to aid in the preservation of the resources around them.
  • Demonstrate the need for keeping their bodies healthy and safe, and gain an understanding about germs, nutrition, disaster safety and proper exercise.
  • Identify various types of plants, their parts, growth and uses and be able to grow their own plants.
  • Discover the diversity of animal life including the environment, needs and uses of many animals. 

 First Grade Goals 

Students will:

  •  Develop an understanding of personal hygiene in relationship to germs.
  • Develop an understanding of good dental care.
  •  Observe and record weather conditions including daily weather, temperature, seasons.
  • Identify various animals and insects and have an understanding of their needs, their environment, life cycles and the various ways that they are of use to mankind.
  • Identify, observe and document the life process of trees, vegetables and various  other plants and be able to  identifying their types, parts, uses and how their seeds travel.
  • Be introduced to the Solar System.
  • Investigate and understand the importance of  environmental processes concerning natural resources and all living things.

Second Grade Goals 

Students will:

  • observe and record weather conditions including daily weather, temperature, wind, moon and sun rise and set and the changes in seasons based on weather.
  • recognize the structure of a volcano; analyze what causes it to erupt and construct their own volcanoes.
  • classify various species of dinosaurs, identify the periods in which they originated through a variety of activities and construct their own dinosaur digs.
  • observe and classify various animals, understand the ways that they adapt to their environment and research animals in captivity.
  • develop an understanding of photosynthesis and the basic structure of seed bearing plants. 

 Third Grade Goals: 

Students will:

  • Observe and record weather conditions including daily weather, temperature, wind and moon phases and learn related weather vocabulary.
  • Understand the basic development of plants including their needs and charting their growth.
  • Study the Solar System and understand its relationship to other constellations.
  • Be able to identify the human heart and lung and learn the function of both.
  • Study simple machines, the way that they work and the type of force that they use and be able to identify types of force in common objects.
  • Understand the needs and characteristics of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects.
  • Introduce scientific method and how it can be used to record and recognize information.

Fourth Grade Goals :

Students will:

  • Know the components and understand the function of the circulatory, respiratory, digestive and skeletal systems of the human body.
  • Understand various aspects of weather including weather phenomena and how weather effects the world.
  • Develop an understanding of the four parts of the water cycle and recognize the three states of matter and how they relate to it.
  • Know the properties of water.
  • Investigate and chart different aspects of various plants and animals.
  • Identify each food group, the nutritional values of various foods in each group and begin to integrate healthy eating concepts into their diet.
  • Identify physical properties of motion through electricity, heat, and surface conditions through a series of experiments and activities.

Fifth Grade Goals:

Students will:

  • Observe changes in ecosystems and demonstrate how these changes effect the environment.
  • Classify organisms and understand how they adapt through time.
  • Investigate processes such as plate movement, the water cycle and air flow and understand their interaction with the atmosphere of the earth.
  • Identify the composition and structure of the universe and the motion of objects within it.
  • Analyze the impact of science, technology and human activity on natural resources.
  • Explore components of mechanical and structural engineering and construct models based on these concepts. 

Sixth Grade Science Goals 

Students will:

  • Develop a science journal in which data is collected from experiments, organized into tables and graphs and presented in a cohesive form and be able to use this information to predict outcomes for future applications.
  • Understand basic earth concept features and how they formed.
  • Learn the laws of motion and how they apply to various activities including aviation.
  • Demonstrate how airplanes wing works and how aircraft operate.
  • Understand the mechanics of a tornado and how it achieves its destructive force.
  • Navigate using a map and compass or a GPS unit. 

Seventh Grade Goals:  

Students will:

  • Develop a science journal in which data is collected from experiments, organized into tables and graphs and presented in a cohesive form and be able to use this information to predict outcomes for future applications.
  • Develop a system of note taking and organization of notes that allows the students to effectively utilize the notes for study and testing.
  • Develop an understanding of the Scientific Classification System.
  • Study the virus and it’s effect on the human population.
  • Develop an understanding of the five kingdoms of living organisms and be able to give examples from each kingdom.
  • Discover the similarities and differences in some animal life forms using live animals, the microscope and prepared slides.
  • Create a PowerPoint presentation incorporating information about varied biomes of the world

Eighth Grade Science Goals:  

Students will:

  • Develop a science journal in which data is collected from experiments, organized into tables and graphs and presented in a cohesive form and be able to use this information to predict outcomes for future applications.
  • Improve skills in note taking from various methods of input (lecture, written material, visual input from the computer or television etc.) and effectively use these notes for study and testing.
  • Investigate the evolution of the Human Species
  • Study the genetics of the Human Species
  • Understand that chemicals compromise all things, be able to identify some of the chemical elements and know their chemical formulas.
  • Develop an understanding of the subatomic world.
  • Study plants and various cellular elements of plant life.