Because District 401 is committed to offering an articulated curriculum that is consistent across grade levels and content areas, both elementary schools use the same science curricular program.
In grades K-5, teachers and students use STEMscopes as their science curriculum.
Students continue using STEMscopes when they leave elementary school and study science in grades 7 and 8 at Elm Middle School.
A Video Overview of NGSS
The following video from the Illinois State Board of Education explains the NGSS standards:
More About STEMscopes
As noted above, our teachers use STEMscopes to build their lessons. STEMscopes is a comprehensive science curriculum based on the 5E model of pedagogy:
Our students learn science by doing and experiencing rather than passively observing. The relationship of science to technology, engineering and math — the subjects collectively known as STEM — becomes clear to students through evidence-driven investigations, engineering challenges, content connection videos, claim-evidence-reasoning assessments and more.
In compliance with federal testing requirements, Illinois administers a science assessment to students enrolled in public school districts in grades 5, 8 and once at the high school level. Our 5th graders take this exam, the Illinois Science Assessment, in the spring.