The SySTEM's Education In-class program

All of the SySTEM's Education curriculum covers the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  We are a rotational program so we will come in to your school once a week for the amount of time agreed upon.  We provide all of the materials and worksheets necessary for conducting each lesson to a classroom of up to 36 students.  We also provide an educator to teach and facilitate each lesson.  We have curriculum available for grades K-5, as well as middle school.  Each grade level covers different Performance Expectations and has its own instructional sequence.  Each grade level has different amounts of lessons, find more information under "our curriculum" below.  

Once you have decided what grade levels you would like us to work with, how many classrooms we will be working with, and the number of lessons you are able to afford, we will sit down with your teachers to pick and choose lessons that will best fit the needs of your school! 

There are two major components to our program:

hands on learning activities

Research has shown us that hands-on learning activities are extremely beneficial for students.  While engaging kinesthetic learners that require movement to learn best, it also engages auditory, visual, and social learners.  Our lessons are designed to engage the different learning modalities and bring the fun back to learning! 

Each activity coincides with the interactive classroom discussions to provide students with valuable hands-on and first-hand experience with the subject being taught.  Hands-on activities allow students to immediately connect the scientific phenomenon taught with their recent experience.  

The most troubled students become leaders through our hands-on activities. Students learn when to push for their own opinions and when to compromise.  It gives students a chance to have fun while learning and exploring the world they live in.   

interactive classroom discussions

Interactive classroom discussions are designed to spark peer-to-peer learning.  Cooperative learning strategies such as think-pair-share, write-pair-share, combination cards, etc. are used to spark conversations between students.  The discussions is facilitated by one of SySTEM's Educations educators.  Each educator uses hand movements, dances, songs, videos, drawings, etc. to keep students engaged and to help administer all of the information.  

Lessons are written using the 5E learning method and are organized in instructional segments.  If it is not within budget to complete an entire instructional segment, lessons can be taught independently from one another.  Supplemental worksheets are provided with a notebook to each student.  Worksheets are designed for students to learn key vocabulary terms and remember key scientific concepts.  They also encourage students to create models and develop diagrams to explain different scientific phenomenons. Science notebooks also double as a review tool for students during testing time.  


Our Curriculum 

What causes plants and animals to look different from one another but similar to their parents?  How does light allow our eyes to see things?  What causes the phases of the moon and the seasons?  These are a few questions that will be answered throughout each students elementary school experience.  In the lower elementary levels they will be exposed to various scientific phenomena and will ask more sophisticated questions and develop a deeper understanding of each scientific phenomena in upper elementary.  

Kindergarten: (19 available lessons)

In many cases, kindergarten is the first time students experience science in the classroom setting, but they've been investigating and developing curiosities to the world around them ever since birth.  The natural curiosity students have helps them develop questions that becomes the basis for science learning and as educators we use those curiosities and questions to help our instruction.  Students in kindergarten will be able to observe and experience different phenomena to develop more questions about the world. For example, what happens when two toy trucks hit each other?  

Students will begin by observing relationships between organisms and their environment such as the needs of plants and animals.  They will then begin observing and experiencing how animals can change their environment and will highlight how humans change environments.  Over the course of several months, students will track weather and begin to notice weather patterns in their local areas while questioning the effects the Sun has on Earth.  Finally, students will explore pushing and pulling and design solutions to various challenges! 

First Grade: (18 available lessons) 

In first grade students explore with different plants, animals, light and sound in order to start observing and recognizing patterns within our world.  All of the lessons in first grade help set up future learning and begin to introduce some of the main questions that will be answered throughout the next five years of each students' education.  The main goal of first grade is to give students a common background experience with different phenomena and study them well enough to identify patterns.

Students will explore the natural world around them by recognizing plant shapes and how young plants look similar to their parent plants.  Students will also observe how animals communicate when they are young as well as the physical parts of animals that produce sound in order to create models that mimic different animal sounds.  Students will also explore and investigate how light travels through different materials and what happens if it can't.  Throughout the year students will track the amount of sunlight throughout the seasons, analyze phases of the moon, and develop models to predict future patterns. 

Second Grade: (21 available lessons) 

In second grade, students will explore the vast differences in the California landscape. Students will be introduced to the shapes of mountains, valleys, and coasts.  Students will also be familiarized with the plants and animals living in different areas, properties of rocks and different forces that cause the land to change.  

Students will begin by exploring the California landscape and begin to ask questions about how the different land forms are created.  Students will then learn about the materials that make up our landscape and how some of these materials can change over time.  Students will also investigate different processes that shape(weather and erode) the land and create solutions to slow down these processes.  Students will also discover the different life forms living in the different landscapes and discover how plants populate different areas.  

Third Grade: (30 available lessons) 

In grade three, students will continue to be encouraged to recognize patterns, cause and effect relationships, and construct explanations of their observations.  Students will be revisiting several phenomena they discovered and experienced in kindergarten in more details to develop more sophisticated questions and reasoning.  Students will continue to explore forces and motion but will now have to develop physical models and diagrams to explain the effects of multiple forces.  Students revisit the argument that children look similar, but different to their parents and document detailed evidence to support their claim.  Students will discover how the environment has an impact on plants and animals and take a deeper look into weather patterns and the effects weather has on humans.  

Students will investigate the effects of playground forces and ask questions about magnetic forces.  Students will complete a design challenge using the forces of magnetism.  Students will observe different animal life cycles for survival and document differences between offspring and support arguments as to why some variations may increase survival rates.  Students will explore how organisms can survive in different environments and how changes to an environment can affect the survival of the organism.  Students will also continue to monitor and record weather patterns and the impacts weather has on different places in the world.  Students will design solutions to reduce the impacts of hazardous weather on their own school campus.  

Fourth Grade: (22 available lessons)

In fourth grade, students explore tangible processes such as erosion, develop abstract concepts and look to explain processes that cannot be directly observed.  Students will be using more sophisticated measurements and be able to construct more complicated models.  Students are still very eager to explore, discover, and adventure so they will also have plenty of time to crash marbles and cars together, build towers and make up secret codes.  Students will collect and observe insects and explore with sand in stream tables.  These everyday experiences will help students develop explanations to abstract phenomena they are beginning to understand.

Students will investigate car crashes and how energy is transferred during collision and question the factors that affect change.  Students will investigate renewable energy and develop a device that converts one form of energy into another while keeping in mind the environmental impacts it may have on the environment.  Students will sculpting the landscapes and explore how different rocks are formed.  Students will also explore earthquakes, develop models that describe waves, and create earthquake resistant structures.  Finally, students explore the animal senses and how light plays a major role in what we see.  

Fifth Grade: (26 available lessons) 

Grade five is the culminating grade in elementary school.  All concepts presented in fifth grade will build on the patterns and understandings developed in earlier grades.  Students focus on how matter and energy is traveled within systems, expanding on their experiences from previous grades.  Students explore tangible systems in chemical reactions and work their way up to the scale of ecosystems.  Instead of tracking energy in systems, students focus on how the Sun provides energy for the earth and make predictions about other stars.  Students will create models and pictorials to demonstrate their understanding of how different components in systems interact and transfer matter and energy.  

Students begin by exploring what matter is made of by developing models and conducting investigations that will determine weather or not total mass stays the same during change.  From matter to organisms, students create models to trace the flow of energy and matter in ecosystems and explain how animals are interdependent, just like us.  Students will develop models that explain how different earth system's interact and develop solutions to minimize the effect humans have on the different systems.  Students will explore the patterns in the night sky, investigate gravity, and discover why some stars appear brighter than others.  

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