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SCIENCE 21

SCIENCE 21 is an integrated K-6 Science curriculum developed locally and regionally at the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES.  It is a science program designed by teachers for teachers.  It is linked to the New York State Learning Standards for Mathematics, Science and Technology.
 Science 21
The program's major emphasis is on investigations that are student directed and relevant to students' everyday lives.  The program's main focus is on hands-on, inquiry-based science, and math, language arts and technology are integrated at points where they fit naturally. SCIENCE 21 achieves a balance between process and content, and is supported by kits and staff development.
 
SCIENCE 21 is a K-6 integrated science sequence, developed at Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES, in which experiences build science conceptual development from unit to unit and grade to grade.  There are four units at each grade level with materials kits to conduct all the activities.  The first unit usually deals with science processes and investigative tools.  The other units provide relevant, grade-appropriate experiences in physical, earth, and life science.  While some science programs permit random selection of unrelated units, the implementation of the SCIENCE 21 curriculum insures an integrated, deliberate sequence of instruction that addresses NYS Standards without gaps or overlaps.
 
For more information visit http://www.pnwboces.org/Science21/  
 
SCIENCE 21:  Science for the 21st Century 
 
SCOPE AND SEQUENCE 
 The Science 21 program is currently renovating curriculum to follow the progression of the New York State Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS) by creating grade appropriate instruction to help students construct an understanding of the Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and the Crosscutting Concepts.  This Curriculum aligns to the instructional progressions of the NYSSLS.
 
Grade K -  New Curriculum 
Unit 1: Weather and Climate
Unit 2: Forces and Interactions: Pushes and Pulls
Unit 3: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems:  Animals, Plants, and Their Environment 
 
 Current Program:
First Grade - Order in our World
Unit 1: Organizing Ourselves to Do Science Investigations
Unit 2: Investigating Attributes and Properties of Objects
Unit 3: Identify the States of Matter
Unit 4: Investigating Living Things (pillbugs/hermit crabs)
 Investigation  
Second Grade - Measuring Changes in Our World
Unit 1: Tools to Measure Our World
Unit 2: Observing and Measuring Changes in Energy
Unit 3: Observing and Measuring Changes in Living Things (crayfish/triops)
Unit 4: Observing and Measuring Changes in Environment
Observing  
Third Grade - Cycles in the Natural World
Unit 1: How a Scientist Investigates Plant Cycles
Unit 2: How a Scientist Investigates Electricity
Unit 3: How a Scientist Investigates Water Cycles
Unit 4: How a Scientist Investigates Animal Cycles (butterflies)
Plant Cycle  
Fourth Grade - Organization in the Natural World
Unit 1: Organizing Ourselves for Doing Science
Unit 2: Digestion, Nutrients, Food Chains and Food Webs
Unit 3: Simple Machines
Unit 4: Organization of the Earth (constructive and destructive forces, rocks and minerals)
Simple Machines  
Fifth Grade - Interactions in the Natural World
Unit 1: Interactions of Chemical Matter (Focus on controlled studies)
Unit 2: Interactions in the Microworld (cells lead into...)
Unit 3: Interactions in the Human Body (respiratory/circulatory & muscular/skeletal systems and genetics)
Unit 4: Interactions in the Environment - Energy Transfer
Photosynthesis  
Sixth Grade - Investigations of Science and Technology In Our World
Unit 1: Investigating the Nature of Science and Technology
Unit 2: Investigating Energy (Electromagnetism, Potential / Kinetic)
Unit 3: Investigating Earth In Space
Unit 4: Investigating the Environment (Ecosystems, Human Interactions with the Environment)
earth space  
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