Elementary Science Core Curriculum:

  • NYC K-5 Science Scope & Sequence:


  • NYS Elementary Science Core Curriculum

Science Materials – Kits used in the classroom:

How are students learning?

  • The Learning Cycle: Exploration à Concept Development à Concept Application
  • Application – learning by “doing”

What goes on in the Science Lab?

  • Science Lesson Structure: Workshop Model

What are students “doing” in the Science Lab?

  • Inquiry-based Investigations
  • Writing in the Science Class: Science Notebooks and Record Sheets

What are students expected to do at home?

  • Homework Assignments: reading (Gr. 1-4), interdisciplinary extensions (Gr. 3-4), end of unit project (Gr. 2-4), Science Fair project (Gr. 3-5).


How is student learning assessed?

Assessment of Student Understanding:

  • Informal Assessment (e.g., FOSS Survey/Posttest and an I-check after each investigation; purpose: check for student understanding and adjust teaching accordingly)
  • Probes: Uncovering Student Ideas in Science
  • Formal Assessment
    • New York State Science Assessment: Grade 4 only
      • Performance Part of the Science Test: May 23, 24 & 25, 2018
      • Written Part (multiple choice & constructive responses): June 4, 2018.

Science Enrichment

  1. School-wide Science Fair
  • Save-the-dates: Wednesday, June 13 and Thursday, June 14, 2018
  • Workshop- Science Fair Project Preparation for parents of students Grade 3 and new students of Grades 4 planned for February 14, 2018, 8:30am, Location: Auditorium.
  1. National Science League Competition
  • Multiple Choice Competition for all students of grades 4 & 5, around April 23, 2018.



Resources that support the Science Curriculum:

  1. Recommendation Science magazines for children:


  1. Internet Resources for Children:



Resource for Parents:

Achieve NYC: A Complete Guide to New York City Public Schools, PK-12, 2017-2018




First Unit of Study by Grade (Investigation 1 of 4 or 5 depending on grade):

Note: Analysis of the reading sections (in oral and written forms) is an integral part of the units for all grades. All investigations contain math extensions and incorporate technology.



Grade 1 Animal DiversityEssential Question: How are animals alike and different?

Investigation 1 – Observation of the Behaviors and Structures of Mealworms

Students will observe (record their observations) and learn about the life cycle (metamorphosis) of the mealworms.

Grade 2 Earth MaterialsEssential Question: How do different materials affect the makeup of the Earth?

Investigation 1 – Comparing, Sorting, and Describing Rocks

Students will observe different rocks and compare how they are alike or different.   They will be sorting and describing rocks according to their physical properties (color, texture, hardness, luster, patterns, float/sink, magnetism).

Grade 3 MatterEssential Question: How can we accurately describe the physical properties of matter?

Investigation 1 – How Long Is It?

Students will be estimating and measuring the length of a variety of objects by using appropriate tools and units of measurement.

(Note: Only metric units of measurement will be used.)

Grade 4 Animals and Plants in Their EnvironmentEssential Question: What are the interactions of animals and plants within an ecosystem?

Investigation 1 – Plants and Soil

Students will grow plants (from seeds) in different soils. They will learn about the nutrients that plants need for their development and survival. They will set up experiments with one independent variable. This will lead them to find out why plants are called producers.