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 


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