The Science curriculum at South Buffalo Charter School is aligned to the New York State Science Standards and is delivered with a variety of resources and engaging instruction.


    Science (Grade K-5, beginning grade 4 in 2020)

    AdvancingSTEM is a K-5 complete STEM curriculum for the NGSS/NYS Science Learning Standards classroom. *Kits aligned to the NYSSLS Science Standards

    STEM Kits provide hands-on science curriculum and activities for grades K-5.  
    Three dimensional teaching and a cohesive lesson planning structure are foundational across all manuals.  

    The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), upon which the NYS Science Standards are built, incorporate three dimensions of knowledge, skills, and practices.  They are:
     Dimension 1: Science and Engineering Practices
    This dimension focuses on students emulating the behaviors of scientists and engineers. The focus isn’t just on skills, but on the incorporation of knowledge.  These practices include building models and developing theories about the natural world.
     Dimension 2: Cross-Cutting Concepts
    This dimension incorporates knowledge that spans science and engineering fields, linking ideas from one area of science to another.  The focus of this dimension is on explicitly teaching the concepts of: Patterns, similarity, and diversity; Cause and effect; Scale, proportion and quantity; Systems and system models; Energy and matter; Structure and function; Stability and change
     Dimension 3: Disciplinary Core Ideas
    The disciplinary core ideas are grouped into four domains: life sciences; physical sciences; earth and space sciences; and engineering, technology and applications of science.  To be considered core, ideas should meet at least 2 of the following criteria:

    • Have broad importance across multiple sciences or engineering disciplines or be a key organizing concept of a single discipline;
    • Provide a key tool for understanding or investigating more complex ideas and solving problems;
    • Relate to the interests and life experiences of students or be connected to societal or personal concerns that require scientific or technological knowledge;
    • Be teachable and learnable over multiple grades at increasing levels of depth and sophistication.

    True NGSS-aligned instruction happens when teachers are able--through well-designed instructional practices and approaches--to merge these three dimensions into in-depth understanding for students.

    Units are designed based on the 5E Lesson Planning structure.  The 5E’s provide a framework for curriculum, unit, and individual lesson design in the sciences. 
    The engage lesson(s) initiates the learning tasks. The activities (1) activate prior knowledge and make connections between past and present learning experiences, and (2) anticipate activities and focus students’ thinking on the learning outcomes of current activities.  The learner should become mentally engaged in the concepts, practices, abilities, and skills of the curriculum unit.
    The explore lesson(s) provides students with a common base of experiences within which they identify and begin developing concepts, practices, abilities, and skills. Students actively explore the contextual situation through investigations, reading, web searches, and discourse with peers.
    The explain lesson(s) focuses on developing an explanation for the activities and situations students have been exploring. They verbalize their understanding of the concepts and practices. The teacher introduces formal labels, definitions, and explanations for concepts, practices, skills, and abilities.
    The elaborate lesson(s) extend students’ conceptual understanding through opportunities for students to apply knowledge, skills, and abilities. Through new experiences, the learners transfer what they have learned and develop broader and deeper understanding of concepts about the contextual situation and refine their skills and abilities.
    The evaluate lesson(s) emphasizes students assessing their understanding and abilities and provides opportunities for teachers to evaluate students’ understanding of concepts and development of goals identified in learning outcomes.

    Science (Grade 6-8)

    Elevate Science is a comprehensive K-5 science program that focuses on active, student-centered learning. The blended print and digital curriculum engages students in phenomena-based inquiry, three-dimensional learning, and hands-on investigations. Elevate Science builds students’ critical thinking, questioning, and collaboration skills. It fuels interest in STEM and creative problem solving while supporting literacy development for elementary-age learners. Raise student interest and approach science teaching with a new level of confidence! elevate thinking, learning, and teaching.

    Elevate Science encourages students to work like scientists and engineers. Phenomena-based inquiry develops general science ideas through problem solving and creative solutions.

    Elevate Science integrates Scientific and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts (CCC), and Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs). Three-dimensional learning turns young learners into powerful STEM problem solvers.

    Elevate Science helps elementary educators teach science with confidence. Scaffolding, ELD, differentiated instruction, and an improved 5E lesson model provide all the support you need for successful teaching practices.