• Science 

     

    VISD Vision

     
    Science Program
     

    Instructional Materials

    Elementary
     
    Rough outline of topics from the Garden in Bloom that our students will study:
    Kindergarten: living plants
    1st Grade: critters and their habitat as well as seasonal changes
    2nd Grade: plants, seeds and various ecosystems
    3rd Grade: harvest plants and seeds in the fall - selection artificial vs natural
    4th Grade: birds
    5th Grade: micro-worlds in compost and seasonal changes due to the Earth - Sun relationship
     
    Physical Science, Life Science, Earth Science and Engineering Design (Next Generation Science Standards) 
    Teacher designed units of study aligned with the NGSS (general topics listed below)
    Kindergarten: forces and interactions
    1st Grade: waves, the universe and structures and processes
    2nd Grade: matter, ecosystems and earth
    3rd Grade: forces, organisms and diversity in the natural world
    4th Grade: energy, waves, molecules to organisms and the natural world
    5th Grade: matter and its interactions, scale, proportion, quantity, ecosystems and engineering design
     
    Middle School 
    McGraw Hill/Glencoe Integrated iScience (6-8)
     
    High School 
     
    Biology: Life on Earth (9)
    Chemistry (10-11)
    Advanced Placement Chemistry (11-12)
    Physics (11-12) 
     

    Family Resources

     
    Elementary
    American Chemical Association (ACA) Adventures in Chemistry 
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Elementary Science Resources
     
    Middle School
     
     
    High School
    University of Colorado Boulder: PhET Interactive Simulations 
    University of Nottingham: videos about each element on the periodic table
     
    All levels (general support and resources)
    Khan Academy Science 
    Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: The Field Book Project 
    UC Berkely's Understanding Science