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