Elementary Learning Outcomes
The purpose of Learning Outcomes at-a-glance:
- To inform parents and community about the science curriculum- what is new and what the overarching foci are.
- To illustrate the focus on the practices and more complex ideas as students progress levels, allowing for a deeper understanding of essential core ideas, versus learning disjointed and isolated facts.
- To encourage parents to reinforce the work of the school by talking to students about what they are learning in science
- To encourage community partners to align offerings to support student learning.
- To stress the importance of science learning from the earliest years of school
Semester Science Content
|K Fall||Patterns: Observe, record and analyze patterns observed in local weather and plant life throughout the Alaskan seasons. The needs of living things are explored through the investigation of the plant life cycle.||Scientific Inquiry|
|K Spring||Forces & Motion: Investigate the basic interactions of forces that result in motion through pushes, pulls, collisions and ramps; design a machine that uses pushes and pulls to perform a given task||Engineering Design|
|1st Fall||Light & Sound: Explore and record how sound and light waves travel through different substances and how waves are used to communicate. Explore computer science and coding.||Engineering Design|
|1st Spring||Alaskan Animals: Investigate how the characteristics of Alaskan animals can be different and have adapted to allow for survival in specific Alaskan ecosystems with particular conditions.||Scientific Inquiry|
|2nd Fall||Earth Systems: Model and record the interactions of the moon, Earth and sun and the fast and slow land changes that impact Alaska (earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciers, weathering, erosion).||Engineering Design|
|2nd Spring||Properties of Matter: Collect data to classify materials by their characteristics; investigate physical changes of material and the different suitability of different materials for different purposes.||Engineering Design|
|3rd Fall||Observing Seasonal Variations: Relate characteristics of organisms during their life cycle to the patterns of weather observed in Alaskan seasons, focusing on the life cycle and adaptation of trees.||Scientific Inquiry|
|3rd Spring||Analyzing Seasonal Change: Explore the factors that result in Alaskan weather and climate; compare Alaskan climate to others on Earth; investigate and design solutions that use heat and wind energy.||Engineering Design|
|4th Fall||Energy & Computer Science: Investigate the forms that energy can take; create series and parallel circuits, and design a circuit-based application; create numbers, letters and images using binary code.||Engineering Design|
|4th Spring||Interdependence: Model the interactions of Earth systems, focusing on the movement of water and soil through Alaskan watersheds and the interconnectedness of organisms within these ecosystems.||Scientific Inquiry|
|5th Fall||Dynamic Earth: Explore and model Earth's spheres and the processes that impact the geosphere (continental drift, plate tectonics, weathering and erosion); analyze earthquake and volcano data and design a structure to limit damage from these events.||Scientific Inuiry|
|5th Spring||Space Science: Investigate the forces that affect the movements of objects oon Earth and beyond, focusing on balanced and unbalanced forces and the celestial patterns caused by these forces; design space technology using this understanding.||Engineering|
|6th Fall||Ecosystems: Explore the interactions that occurs in Alaskan ecosystems and investigate the biotic and abiotic interactions of ecosystems by creating a bottle-based ecosystem model.||Scientific Inquiry|
|6th Spring||Energy: Investigate energy forms and conversions, focusing on the transformations that Alaskans rely on to produce useable electricity; explore alternate energy resources and design green energy solutions that rely on energy transfers and transformations.||Engineering Design|