In grades 5 and 6, we have developed new syllabi and pacing guides to reflect our work with aligning to the 2016 MA STE Frameworks. Here is a summary of our curriculum for each grade level:
Grade 5: In grade 5, students model, provide evidence to support arguments, and obtain and display data about relationships and interactions among observable components of different systems. By studying systems, grade 5 students learn that objects and organisms do not exist in isolation and that animals, plants and their environments are connected to, interact with, and are influenced by each other. They study the relationships between Earth and other nearby objects in the solar system and the impact of those relationships on patterns of events as seen from Earth. They learn about the relationship among elements of Earth’s systems through the cycling of water and human practices and processes with Earth’s resources. They also learn about the connections and relationships among plants and animals, and the ecosystems within which they live, to show how matter and energy are cycled through these (building on the theme of grade 4). An ability to describe, analyze, and model connections and relationships of observable components of different systems is key to understanding the natural and designed world. Students will use the FOSS Complete Science System through three kits: Living Systems, Earth and Sun, and Mixtures and Solutions.
Grade 6: The integration of Earth and space, life, and physical sciences gives grade 6 students relevant and engaging opportunities with natural phenomena and design problems that highlight the relationship of structure and function in the world around them. Students relate structure and function through analyzing the macro- and microscopic world, such as Earth features and processes, the role of cells and anatomy in supporting living organisms, and properties of materials and waves. Students use models and provide evidence to make claims and explanations about structure-function relationships in different STE domains. Students will continue to use the FOSS Complete Science system through four kits: Earth’s History, Diversity of Life, Human Systems Interactions, and Waves.
*Use of language from the 2016 MA STE Frameworks with Descriptions
If students would like to purchase their own safety eyewear, the following guidelines must be followed:
Grades K-8: Chemical-splash goggles; can be worn over prescription eyeglasses. Lens must meet ANSI Z87.1-2010 requirements for impact resistance.