Elementary Science Program

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The elementary science program has been designed to provide all students with an exciting "hands on" experience which emphasizes higher-level thinking skills. Classroom activities involve students in the process of using an inquiry approach to science. An emphasis on experimentation, observation, and analysis sharpens students' problem-solving skills.  The use of technology, including the Internet, is an integral part of the students' science experience.


  • Insights, Myself and Others and Balls and Ramps, Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company
  • LHS GEMS Treasure Boxes, Lawrence Hall of Science, Great Exploration in Math and Science
The combination of these two inquiry-based, hands-on science programs aim to accomplish two important tasks:
  1. To provide children with exciting science experiences that extend their natural fascination with the world and help them learn science skills and concepts they will need in later schooling and in life.
  2. To provide children with science experiences that teach science in the true spirit of scientific exploration and discovery.

Students will use new and interesting material to investigate phenomena and explore a scientific theme in depth.  Student learning activities ground the learning in activity - observation, exploration, and discovery - utilizing all the senses.  Students will process their activity for meaning through discussions, class charts, and science notebook entries.

Grades 1-5

  • Full Option Science System (FOSS), Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

Grade 1

New Plants

Solids & Liquids

Grade 2


Air & Weather

Grade 3

Ideas & Innovations

Magnetism & Electricity


Grade 4


Physics of Sound

Human Body

Earth Materials

Grade 5


Mixtures & Solutions

Food & Nutrition


The Full Option Science System (FOSS), a balanced approach to physical, earth, life and technology science. The FOSS program offers students challenging opportunities to practice science and build confidence in both individual and cooperative abilities.  In the FOSS modules, students are assessed through formative and summative means.

Formative Assessments

These types of assessments are integrated within the investigations throughout the module to allow teacher and their students to monitor learning continuously.

  • Teacher observation
  • Student sheets
  • Response sheets
  • Performance assessments

Summative Assessments

These types of assessments are materials that can be used at the end of the modules to evaluate and provide evidence of what students have learned from the investigations.

  • End of Module Assessment
  • Portfolio Assessment