• Springfield Township School 
    Science Curriculum
    Our science curriculum is based on the use of conceptual themes, engineering, and technology.  These themes provide valuable tools that chart the way for students to recognize and understand the application of science to life and living.  Some knowledge of science and engineering is required to engage with the major public policy issues of today as well as to make informed everyday decisions, such as selecting among alternative medical treatments or determining how to invest public funds for water supply options.  In addition, understanding science and the extraordinary insights it has produced can be meaningful and relevant on a personal level, opening new worlds to explore and offering lifelong opportunities for enriching people's lives. In these contexts, learning science is important for everyone, even those who eventually choose careers in fields other than science or engineering.

    Scientifically literate individuals possess the knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes required for personal decision-making, participation in civic and cultural affairs, and economic productivity.

    The science standards are designed to help realize a vision for education in the sciences and engineering in which students, over multiple years of school, actively engage in scientific and engineering practices and apply crosscutting concepts to deepen their understanding of the core ideas in these fields. The learning experiences provided for students should engage them with fundamental questions about the world and with how scientists have investigated and found answers to those questions. Throughout grades K-12, students should have the opportunity to carry out scientific investigations and engineering design projects related to the disciplinary core ideas (pp. 8-9, NRC, 2012).

    Science (K-6)

    Units of Student


    Unit 1

    Unit  2

    Unit   3


     Forces and Interactions: Pushes and Pulls

    Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Animals, Plants, and Their Environment

    Weather and Climate

    First Grade

    Waves: Light and Sound

    Structure, Function, and Information Processing

    Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles

    Second Grade


    Structure and Properties of Matter



    Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems


    Earth's Systems: Processes That Shape the Earth

    Third Grade

    Forces and Interactions

    Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

    Inheritance and Variation of Traits

    Weather and Climate 

    Fourth Grade



    Structure, Function, and Information Processing

     Earth's Systems: Process That Shape the Earth

    Fifth Grade

    Structure and Properties of Matter


    Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems


    Earth's Systems

     Space Systems: Stars and the Solar System

    Sixth Grade


    Matter and Its Interactions


    Energy, Forces, and Motion

    Space Systems


    Earth's Systems