Elementary Science
All WCPS Elementary School students take a Science Class.  The scheduling of science varies from school to school, but in general, students should expect to average 30 minutes per day in science.

The Elementary School Science Curriculum takes a spiraled approach in which topics are examined and reexamined in subsequent grades with increasing complexity, rigor, and sophistication.

Kindergarten
WCPS subscribes to the STEMscopes program from Accelerate Learning and Rice University.  The topics include:

Energy from the Sun
Reducing Human Impact
Animal Needs
Habitats
Plant Needs
Organisms Impact on the Environment
Uses of Natural Resources
Pushes and Pulls
Speed and Direction
Weather Conditions
Measurement of Weather

1st Grade
Waves: Light and Sound
Structure, Function, and Information Processing
Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles

2nd Grade
Structure and Properties of Matter
Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
Earth's Systems: Processes that Shape the Earth

3rd Grade
Forces and Interactions
Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Environmental Impacts on Organisms
Inheritance and Variation of Traits: Life Cycles and Traits
Weather and Climate

4th Grade
Energy and Waves
Structure, Function, and Information Processing
Earth’s Systems: Processes that Shape the Earth

5th Grade
Structure and Properties of Matter
Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems
Earth’s Systems
Space Systems: Stars and the Solar System