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Science - 1st Grade

Inquiry is the heart of science learning and students use the scientific method to conduct experiments and investigations. We use a variety of resources, including the UCSF lending library and the California Academy of Sciences. Our teachers have been trained through the academy’s Teacher Institute of Science and Sustainability program. Curriculum is on a two-year rotation of alternating units.

Units of Study
  • Simple Machines
  • States of Matter
  • The Human Body
  • Water
  • Watersheds
  • Animals and Skulls
  • Life Cycles
  • Habitats
Approaches To Learning
  • Research
  • Experiments
  • Observation
  • Science notebooks
  • Building models
  • STEM
  • Field Trips (Excelsior Science Workshop)
  • Academy of Science (Science kits)
  • UCSF (Human organ specimens)
  • Portfolios