The Science Curriculum encompasses concept formation and methods of learning involving hypothesizing, observing, classifying, measuring, predicting, inferring, collecting and analyzing data in order to arrive at valid conclusions and generalizations. This scientific inquiry is basic to good science instruction.
Children learn best when they are involved in the process, when they participate. Processes are related to subject matter and make it meaningful. As the student begins to use the inquiry method the many phases of today’s changing world are explained in an effort to support each child in becoming a problem-solving citizen.
Christian values permeate the science curriculum’s content and processes. The sacredness of all life, the establishment of peace in the world, the never-ending work for justice and the responsibility to be co-creators in the continuing progress of humanity are the primary goals of science education.
The learner, through the use of the basic skills of science, through knowledge of the created world and through competencies in exploring the unknown, will be drawn into the twenty-first century prepared for citizenship in the global community as envisioned by God’s providential care.


Primary Grades (K-2)

Earth and Space Science
• Earth materials: rock, soil, sand
• Water for human consumption and use
• Record daily weather conditions
• Stewardship of the Earth; reduce, recycle, reuse

Biological Sciences
• Living and Nonliving things
• Life Cycles for plants; apples, pumpkins
• Life Cycle of Monarch Butterflies
• Behaviors of a variety of common animals
• Season patterns and climate changes

Physical Sciences
• Properties of matter
• Plan and conduct simple investigations-hypothesis
• The sun as a source of energy

Intermediate Grades (3-5)

Earth Science
• Water – oceans, water cycle, clouds
• Weather Patterns
• Changes in Earth’s Surface 
• Rocks and Minerals
• Renewable Resources

Life Science
• Classification
• Cells
• Human Body Systems 
• Plants 
• Ecosystems
• Ecosystem Interactions
• Changes in Ecosystems

Physical Science
• Properties of Matter
• Atoms
• Mixtures and Solutions
• Types of Reactions 
• Forces in Motion
• Newton’s Laws of Motion
• Simple and Complex Machines

Types of Energy
• Electricity- simple and complex circuits

Space and Technology
• History of Astronomy 
• Stars and Galaxies 
• Stars   
• Solar Systems, Asteroids, comets

Middle School Grades (6-8)

Earth Science: sixth grade
• Mapping Earth’s Surface
• Weathering & Soil 
• Erosion & Deposition 
• Geological Time 
• Earth, Moon, & Sun 
• Exploring Space 
• The Solar System 
• Stars, Galaxies, & the Universe

Life Science: Seventh grade
• Cells   
• Genetics  
• DNA   
• Evolution  
• Classification  
• Living Organisms 
• Obtaining Energy  

Environmental Science: (seventh and eighth)
• Populations & Communities
• Ecosystem & Biomes 
• Resources & Living Things
• Land, Air, Water Resources
• Energy Resources  

Physical Science: (eighth grade)
• Motion  
• Forces   
• Work & Machines
• Energy  
• If time permits:
• Thermal Energy & Heat
• Electricity 
• Magnetism & Electromagnetism

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