• Science

    Jerrod Blair, EdD, K-12 Supervisor of STEM
    914-793-6130 x4357
    jblair@eufsdk12.org

    Curriculum Overview

    The goal of the Eastchester Union Free School District K-12 science curriculum is to advance children’s 21st-century science skills - their abstract reasoning, their collaboration skills, their ability to learn from peers and through technology, and their flexibility as a learner in a dynamic learning environment. Students need to be engaged in dialogue and learning experiences that allow complex topics and ideas to be explored from many angles and perspectives. They also need to learn how to think and solve problems for which there is no one solution—and learn science skills along the way. Adapted from the New York State Science Learning Standards 

    Elementary K-5: Science

    The progression of concepts and skills developed through the elementary grades (K-5) is aligned to the New York State Science Learning Standards.

    Critical Content:

    Kindergarten: Weather and Climate; Forces; and Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Plants and Animals and Ecosystems
    Grade 1: Space Systems; Waves:  Sound and Light; Structure, Function and Information Processing
    Grade 2: Structure & Properties of Matter; Earth's Systems:  Processes that Shape the Earth; Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
    Grade 3: Forces & Interactions; Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems; Weather & Climate; Inheritance & Variation of Traits
    Grade 4: Weather, Water Cycle, Matter, Simple Machines, Rube Goldberg STEM projects, Force & Motion, NYS ELS topics including: Electricity/Magnets, Animal Adaptations, Energy, Ecosystems, Habitats, Reading charts & graphs, Plants, Measurement, Tools of Measurement
    Grade 5: Variables, Chemical Mysteries & Matter, Microworlds

    Required Assessments:

    NYS Science Exam: Grade 4

    Middle School 6-8: Science

    The middle school curriculum connects the science content and science skills students have experienced in the elementary grades to the content and skills outlined in the New York State Science Learning Standards. 

    Critical Content:

    Grade 6:  Density, Newton's Laws, Kinetic Energy, Potential Energy, Energy Transfer, Photosynthesis, Cell Theory, Cell Functions, Animal Behaviors, Plant Structure, Matter Cycling and Energy Flow, Ecosystems, Biodiversity, Resources, Synthetic Materials
    Grade 7:   Atomic Structure, Elements, Compounds & Mixtures, States of Matter, Chemical Reactions, Conservation of Matter, Magnetism, Electric Circuits, Human Body Systems, Cellular Respiration, Genetics
    Grade 8:  Skills of Scientists, Energy Cycling & Conservation, Rock Cycle, Dynamic Earth, Geologic Time, Weather, Environmental Awareness, Astronomy

    At the conclusion of 7th grade science, students will have the opportunity to accelerate into Earth Science in the 8th grade.  Placement in Earth Science is based on student achievement in Grade 7 science and readiness.

    Earth Science:  Earth Materials, Dynamic Earth, Landscapes and Geomorphology, Earth History, Astronomy, Insolation, Meteorology, Climate

    Assessments:

    NYS Science Exam: Grades 8
    NYS Regents Exam: Earth Science - Accelerated Grade 8

    High School 9-12: Science

    High School Mathematics Offerings:

    Grade 9: Earth Science, Biology, Biology Honors, AP Environmental Science
    Grade 10: Biology, Biology Honors, Chemistry, Chemistry Honors
    Grade 11: Conceptual Chemistry, Chemistry, Chemistry Honors, Conceptual Physics, Physics
    Grade 12: Conceptual Physics, Physics, College Physics, AP Biology, Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, Physical Geology (SUNY Oneonta) 
    Electives: Advanced Science Research, General Psychology, AP Psychology, Astronomy, Environmental Science, Ethics in Science, Forensic Science

    Assessments:

    NYS Regents Exams: Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics