2nd Grade Overview


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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. 

Kindergarten Overview:


Needs of Plants and Animals 

  • Students take on the role of scientists in order to figure out why there are no monarch caterpillars in the community garden since vegetable plants were planted.  They will investigate how plants and animals get what they need to live and grow 

Pushes and Pulls 

  • Students take on the role of pinball machine engineers as they investigate the effects of force on the motion of objects. 

Sunlight and Water 

  • Students will take on the role of weather scientists and explain why one playground is warmer than another during recess.  They will gather data from models of the sun and earth’s surface and figure out how sunlight causes changes in temperatures of different surfaces. 

Grade 1 Overview:


Animal and Plant Defenses 

  • Students will play the role of marine scientists.  They will apply their understanding of plant and animal defense structures to explain to aquarium visitors how a sea turtle and her offspring can defend themselves from ocean predators when they are released into the wild. 

Light and Sound 

  • Students will play the role of light and sound engineers for a puppet show company as they investigate the cause and effect relationship of light and sound. 

Spinning Earth 

  • Students will play the role of sky scientists and explain why a boy living in a place near them sees different things in the sky than his grandma.  Students will record, organize and analyze observations of the sun and other sky objects as they look for patterns and make sense of the cycle of daytime and nighttime.