2nd Grade Overview

We are excited to introduce our new curriculum, Amplify Science. Our 2nd graders will be focusing on the following topics throughout the year.

  • Plants and Animal relationships:
  • In their role as scientists, students will work to figure out why there are no new Chalta trees growing in the Bengal Tiger Reserve, which is part of a new broadleaf forest. Students will identify that these trees need to survive, collect and analyze data to solve the mystery.
  • Properties of Materials:
  • As glue engineers, students are challenged to create a glue for use at their school that meets a set of design goals. Students present an evidence-based argument of why their glue mixture will be good for their school to use.
  • Changing Landforms:
  • Students play a role of geologists and work to figure out why a cliff has changed over time. Based on what they learn about erosion, they advise on whether it is safe to keep the recreation center open even though the cliff is changing nearby.

3rd Grade Overview

We are excited to introduce our new curriculum, Amplify Science.  Our 3rd graders will be focusing on the following topics throughout the year. 

  • Balancing Forces: 
  • Students are challenged to figure out how a floating train works in order to explain it to citizens of Faraday. 
  • Inheritance and Traits: 
  • Students observe variation between and within different species, investigate inherited traits and those that result from the environment.  They will also be able to explain the origin of several traits. 
  • Environments and Survival: 
  • Students will apply what they have learned to design solutions to problems.  Explore traits of animals and how they effect their survival in different environments.   
  • Weather and Climate: 
  • Using data and evidence the students will make an argument to determine which island’s weather is most similar to an orangutan’s natural environment.  They must also observe patterns where natural hazards occur and the reserve must be prepared for.  

4th Grade Overview

We are excited to introduce our new curriculum, Amplify Science.  Our 4th graders will be focusing on the following topics throughout the year. 

  • Energy Conservation's: 
  • Students apply what they have learned as they choose new energy sources and converters for the town.  They will write an argument for why their design choices make the town’s electrical system more reliable. 
  • Vision and Light: 
  • Students will become conservation biologists, working to figure out why a population of Tokay geckos has decreased since the installation of new highway lights in the rain forest. 
  • Earth’s Features: 
  • As geologist, students help the director of Desert Rock National Park explain how and when a particular fossil formed and how it came to be in its current location. 
  • Waves, Energy and Information: 
  • Students will play the role as marine scientists to figure out how a mother dolphin communicates with her calves.  They will write scientific explanations with diagrams to demonstrate their growing understanding of how sound waves travel. 

5th Grade Overview

We are excited to introduce our new curriculum, Amplify Science.  Our 5th graders will be focusing on the following topics throughout the year. 

  • Patterns of Earth and Sky: 
  • Students will play the role of astronomers to help a team of archaeologists figure out what the missing piece of a recently discovered artifact might have depicted. 
  • Modeling Matter: 
  • Will learn that all matter is made up of particles too small to see, and each substance is unique. 
  • The Earth System: 
  • As water resource engineers, the students will learn about Earth Systems to help figure out what is causing a water shortage problem and design possible solutions. 
  • Ecosystem Restoration: 
  • Students will solve problems and write a restoration plan which includes arguments about why the rain forest and recommend actions to restore its health.