Our elementary Science and Social Studies curriculum does double duty: it exposes students to the core knowledge, skills and habits of thinking needed to be successful in science and social studies, while at the same time honing student’s ability to read and write about complex informational texts.
The following core beliefs drive the decisions we make daily about what and how to teach.
We believe that in order for our scholars to become active citizens and make sense of world around them they need to develop deep background knowledge about key historic events, scientific concepts and their own and other cultures.
We believe scholars need to be able to read, analyze and write about a broad range of informational texts. They need to learn how to “read to learn” while learning to read.
We believe hands-on projects, labs, and activities deeply engage students in the content and teach important thinking and problem-solving skills.
We believe discussion is a powerful tool for testing ideas out and strengthening thinking.
We believe in the importance of building word knowledge through both explicit instruction and exposure to content knowledge.
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1st Grade - Science and Social Studies
Scholars explore different thematic topics through carefully chosen informational texts. In social studies, scholars learn how the efforts of individuals and groups can help make the world a better place. In science, scholars explore patterns in nature involving sound and light, and learn how plants and animals use their body parts and senses to grow and survive.Unit 1: Understanding the World - Continents
Unit 2: Animals
Unit 3: Biographies: You Can Be Whatever You Want to Be
Unit 4: Ancient Egypt
Unit 5: Fighting for Change
2nd Grade - Science and Social Studies
Scholars explore a wide variety of social studies and science topics such as immigration, ancient greek civilization, plant and animal habitats, and properties of matter while building their informational reading and writing skills. Students also engage in thematic hands-on projects.Unit 1: Habitats
Unit 2: Insects
Unit 3: Human Body
Unit 4: Immigration
Unit 5: You Can Change the World: Biographies of Famous Leaders
Unit 6: Ancient Greece
Unit 7: Properties of Matter
3rd Grade - Science and Social Studies
Scholars read and discuss engaging nonfiction texts and engage in hands-on projects to learn about topics including the impact of geography and environment on different civilizations, influential Hispanic leaders who fought for change in the United States, the ways animals adapt to meet their needs for survival, and how forces such as friction and gravity impact our lives.Unit 1: Native Americans
Unit 2: The Pilgrims and Colonial America
Unit 3: Ancient Rome
Unit 4: Understanding the Animal Kingdom and Adaptations
Unit 5: Forces and Motion
Unit 6: Understanding World Religions
Unit 7: Machines
4th Grade - Science and Social Studies
In social studies scholars explore the American Revolution, U.S. government, and key aspects of African-American history, while in science students learn about the earth and how it changes, different types of energy and how energy is transferred and the internal and external structures of plants and animals.Unit 1: The Earth and its Changes
Unit 2: American Revolution
Unit 3: Government and Biographies of Famous Leaders
Unit 4: Energy
Unit 5: Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
Unit 6: Life Sciences: Structures of Plants and Animals
5th Grade - Science and Social Studies
Students explore a wide variety of social studies and science topics while building their skills in informational reading and writing. In social studies scholars consider how groups of people have fought for their civil rights. In science scholars examine "how things work" starting with a deep look at ecosystems and ending with a unit on inventions.Unit 1: Life Science: Ecosystems
Unit 2: Migrant Workers' Fight for Justice
Unit 3: Fighting for Change: Children of the Civil Rights Movement
Unit 4: Exploring Mars
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