Eighth Grade Science

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FOCUS: Physical Science: waves and their applications in technology, energy, matter and its interactions, chemistry, simple machines, Newton’s Laws of motion in the universe. PROCESS + SKILLS: Students engage in engineering design challenges, argument-driven inquiry, plan and carry out investigations, and are pushed to think about their place in the world as they analyze concepts […]

Seventh Grade Science

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FOCUS: Life science: cells and body systems, reproduction and heredity, natural selection, populations and ecosystems. PROCESS & SKILLS: The central focus of the year is how we use our understanding of living things–from the smallest scale (cells and microbes) to the largest (marine mammals and ecosystems)–to construct evidence-based explanations of the natural world. Students ask […]

Sixth Grade Science

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FOCUS: Environmental science: River formation and the effects of rivers on Earth’s landscape including erosion, weathering, deposition, and the formation of soil; botany (plant structure and function, photosynthesis) and the role of plants in the cycles of matter; how water carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen move throughout the environment; ecology, energy, and natural resources including how […]

Fifth Grade Science

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FOCUS: Science as the process of studying systems in order to help others; scientists as people that study systems in order to help others. CONCEPTS: What plants need to grow; engineering simple plant growth systems; photosynthesis; digital modeling; circuitry. SKILLS: Determining basic needs of plant systems; design plant growth systems for fictional space station; describe […]

Fourth Grade Science

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Focus: Weather and climate; electricity; models and design. Concepts: Energy sources and conversions; the relationship between geographical location and climate; factors that characterize weather; design and construct conceptual and physical models. Skills: Asking questions, investigating, observing, predicting, recording, classifying, drawing conclusions from results, using and creating tools to collect scientific information, using technology to gather […]

Third Grade Science

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Focus: Earth materials; human body and metric measurement. Concepts: Properties and characteristics of rocks and minerals; characteristics and knowledge of the basic structural systems of the human body and how these systems work together to provide movement; the use of appropriate tools in situations calling for measurement. Skills: Asking questions; investigating, observing, predicting, recording, classifying […]

Second Grade Science

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Concepts: Science is the process of studying systems in order to help others, and scientists are people who study systems in order to help others. Topics we have studied in the past: worms, plants, bridges, and simple machines. Skills: Identify parts and processes of a system or structure, observe and record information, work collaboratively to […]

Science Summary

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At Live Oak, Science is an integral part of learning, which capitalizes on children’s natural curiosity about their world. By applying scientific skills and thinking routines, students develop an understanding of the universe and practice using that understanding to help others. The curriculum includes the use of research materials, experiential activities, discussion, cooperative learning and […]

First Grade Science

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Focus: Rocky seashore; light and sound. Concepts: Using scientific knowledge to be helpful; biomes, habitats, and life cycles; light and sound sources and communication; investigable questions and experimentation. Skills: Using scientific practices to be helpful; vocabulary development; using tools and technology to gather information; scientific observation; recording data; design and construction. Highlight: Pillar Point tide […]

Kindergarten Science

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Focus: Building foundations for scientific understanding in the physical and life sciences. Concepts: Class pets, five senses, states of matter, building and engineering, water, technology. Skills: Observation, prediction, classification, recording, the ability to articulate these ideas as well as use simple tools in which to gather data, integrating scientific concepts into everyday situations.