Our K-5 science program is based on the New York State Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS). Through a “hands on” approach to learning, the elementary science program emphasizes students’ understanding of important science ideas in the context of the world around them.
Students develop inquiry and thinking skills as they explore problem and phenomenon based learning, sort and classify, create models, generalize, design experiments, record and interpret data, manipulate materials, measure, observe and predict. Literacy is embedded into the science work through journal entries as well as guided reading, read alouds and non-fiction science texts.
Science topics are integrated into an environmentally rich curriculum designed to take advantage of our schoolyards, gardens and local environmental issues on Long Island.
Thematic units offer a science narrative through the years to help students synthesize the world around them. These include:
Kindergarten Schoolyard Trees
Grade 1 Water
Grade 2 Soil
Grade 3 Air and Birds
Grade 4 Sun and Energy
Grade 5 Synthesis of Systems
STEAM Now at Baldwin UFSD
STEAM is a new course offering in our elementary schools for all 4th and 5th graders during the year. In addition, we will pilot STEAM in some 3rd grade classes as well. STEAM is an interdisciplinary approach to the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics with an emphasis on the design process in engineering.
All STEAM projects are integrated with science units of study.