Changes in Motion


Using their everyday observations of motion and through a variety of activities, students build on their Kindergarten experiences and explore concepts of motion and forces.

Light and Sound


Beginning with an exploration into the properties of light and sound, students apply their knowledge to concepts related to shadows, color, pitch, and volume.

The View from the Earth


Students make long-term observations of the position of the sun and moon in the sky to develop an understanding of relative distances, the appearance of movement across the sky, and relate it to day and night, Earth's orbit, the spin of the Earth, and the visible shape of the moon.

Organisms in Their Environment


Students take a deeper look into the requirements of plants and animals to survive, the roles animals play in their environments, and how some animals and plants have variations that give them an advantage for survival.

Energy Transfer


This unit concentrates on heat, magnetism and electricity as energy transfers.

States of Matter


Previous units have laid the foundation for a more in-depth study of the states of matter.

Objects in the Sky


This unit builds on the concepts of the 4th grade unit, The View from Earth, and students demonstrate using models rotation on axis and orbits due to gravity of Earth and other planets.

Systems and Survival


Students examine three different "systems" in their lives, classification system, ecosystems, and human body systems.

Forces and Motion


Students continue to learn about how things move and participate in an exploration into force and motion as related to distance, time, speed, balanced and unbalanced forces, contact and non-contact forces.

My Earth


Using students' natural curiosity about rocks, soil, sand, water, etc., the unit develops their observation skills and recognition of the importance of earth materials in growth and living things.

Is It Living?


Students recognize living and nonliving things and the basic needs of organisms. They compare physical characteristics of organisms and how the organisms use the characteristics for survival. 



The Senses unit is based on skill building of sound inquiry practices, focusing on the use of the senses to make purposeful observations and raise questions for investigation.