Elementary Science Curriculum
The Green Bay Area Public School District modeled its standards after the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Model Academic Standards for Science.
The standards capture the knowledge and skills necessary to become scientifically literate citizens. They illustrate the importance of content in earth and space, life and environmental, and physical sciences, and they also reflect the interconnectedness of science through inquiry, communication, and application.
Content Standard A:
Students will understand that there are unifying themes: systems, order, organization, and interactions; evidence, models, and explanations; constancy, change, and measurement; evolution, equilibrium, and energy; form and function among scientific disciplines. *These themes relate and interconnect the standards to one another.
Content Standard B:
Students will understand that science is ongoing and inventive, and that scientific understandings have changed over time as new evidence is found.
Content Standard C:
Students will investigate questions using scientific methods and tools, revise their personal understanding to accommodate knowledge, and communicate these understandings to others.
Content Standard D:
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the physical and chemical properties of matter, the forms and properties of energy, and the ways in which matter and energy interact.
Content Standard E:
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the structure and systems of earth and other bodies in the universe and of their interactions.
Content Standard F:
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics and structures of living things, the processes of life, and how living things interact with one another and their environment.
Content Standard G:
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between science and technology and the ways in which that relationship influences human activities.
Content Standard H:
Students will use scientific information and skills to make decisions about themselves, Wisconsin, and the world in which they live.