K-5 Science Adoption Results

 

Working in grade-level groups of approximately a dozen members each, elementary school teachers from across our district have been reviewing a variety of K-5 science curriculum modules for possible adoption. Typically, two teachers evaluate each module. Following the adoption process proposal approved by the Elementary Science Steering Committee (ESSC) at its 10/2/2001 meeting, each module is first evaluated for how well it matches the content benchmarks to be taught in a science unit as outlined by the current K-1 science proposal or our DRAFT 2-5 science pacing guides. If a module passes muster with respect to content, its instructional approach is then evaluated.

[ Click here to see the "Content Analysis" procedures. ]         [ Click here to see the "Instructional Analysis" procedures. ]

The members of a grade-level field test study group (FTSG) meet to discuss and compare their experiences with each module. Through this process of evaluation and discussion, the group attempts to reach a consensus for recommending one or more modules for adoption for each of our K-5 science units. Results of this adoption process are posted here as they become available for review and consideration by our elementary school colleagues.

Using the "scope and sequence" chart below, you can click on the title of any science unit to see the current adoption process results for that unit. The FTSGs attempted to have results for first- and second-quarter science units (for grades 2-5, and second-session science units for grades K-1) ready to report at the 1/29/2002 Elementary Science Steering Committee (ESSC) meeting. They reported their remaining results at the 3/26/2002 Elementary Science Steering Committee (ESSC) meeting.

 

[ Click here for more details of how to interpret the summary chart results and suggestions for learning more about the K-5 science adoption process. ]

 


 

Lansing School District Elementary Science
Scope & Sequence for Grades K-5

Grades

Sessions

1st

2nd

3rd

K

Weather Calendar

Sorting Materials

Animals

1

Location, Position, and Motion

Properties that Make Materials Useful

Plants

 

Quarters

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

2

Describing Weather

All about Water

Sound

Animals and How They Live

3

Earth Materials and Their Uses

Shadows and Light

Motion, Forces, and Simple Machines

Plants and Who Eats Them

4

Earth Features and Changes

Simple Electric Circuits

Plant Growth and Needs

Interdependence of Plants and Animals

5

Astronomy
(the Earth, Sun, and Moon)

Matter, Energy, and Changes

Weather

Electrical Circuits and Current

  Color Codes:  
 
 = Earth and Space Science  
 
 = Physical Science  
 
 = Life Science  

 


 

[ Click here for more details of how to interpret the summary chart results and suggestions for learning more about the K-5 science adoption process. ]

 


 

[ Click here for a list of the sources and modules considered in our K-5 science adoption process. ]

 


 

[ Click here for a table of the twenty-three K-5 science curriculum modules recommended for adoption. ]

 


This page was last updated:  2002.05.03 by RTSmith