This school year OCSI elementary is implementing the Next Generation Science Standards from kindergarten through 5th grade. Our new curriculum includes both hands-on experiences and literacy connections. Science and engineering education includes investigations into the natural world as well as how engineers design and build systems. We hope to encourage all students to build, deepen, and apply their knowledge of core ideas in the following domains: physical science, life science, earth and space science, and engineering.
What does this look like in your child’s classroom?
- Pre-K: Students have the opportunity to take care of stuffed animals in the dramatic play center which is set up like a pet store, and they are learning how to care for animals.
- 1st grade: Students investigated how an apple tree grows and changes. They made predictions and then looked at the inside of an apple and counted the seeds and made homemade applesauce. Next, they’ll be exploring how an animal’s body parts help it live, grow, and find and catch food.
- 2nd grade: Students learned about habitats and biomes and created a classroom pond habitat they could develop and add their own animals to.
- 4th grade: Students began an investigation with magnets and explored the question, “What sticks to magnets?” Students made predictions about what materials would stick to the magnets, as well as discovered the two sides of a magnet and the invisible magnetic field.