Based on the Next Generation Science Standards, and looked at through the lens of Sustainability, here are the units taught in third and fourth grade (over the course of two years).  As our district continues to develop NGSS-aligned units, some of these will shift.

 

*Third grade NGSS

*Fourth grade NGSS

 

 

Year One ('15-'16)

  • Ecosystems
  • Heredity Traits and Variations (plants and Animals)
  • Biological Evolution
  • Force and Motion
  • Wave Properties
  • Earth and Human Activity (our impact, natural resources, etc.) - taught both years

 

Year Two ('16-'17)

  • Weather
  • Energy and Matter
  • Molecules to Organisms (structures and processes)
  • Geology/Earth's Systems (changes in landscape over time)
  • Earth and Human Activity (our impact, natural resources, etc.) - taught both years

The 2015-2016 Stargazers studied animal adaptations and habitats.  (Next Generation Science Standard: 3-LSA-3).  These are habitat posters made by the desert, cave, mountain, and forest groups.