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 theNew York State Learning Standards for Mathematics, Science and Technology.
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.
The mission of the Wappingers Central School District is to empower all of our students with the competencies and confidence to challenge themselves, to pursue their passions, and to realize their potential while growing as responsible members of their community.