• Science (K-5)


    Effective science teaching and learning will mean that Illinois K-12 students will be better prepared for entrance into college and careers. The Next Generation Science Standards call for a three-dimensional approach to science instruction: Core Ideas, Crosscutting, and Practices.  They are designed to help students acquire a deep understanding of core science and engineering content and ideas as well as experience applying that knowledge in any context.  Students will demonstrate their scientific proficiency by engaging in practices that demonstrate the ability to apply scientific concepts. For more information from the Illionis State Board of Education visit: 


    Science Curriculum

    School District 308 has engaged teachers, administrators, and specialists in the development of science curriculum aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. These standards are grouped into Physical Science, Earth Science, Life Science, and Engineering. The following are the content themes by grade level with the engineering standards integrated throughout. The resources used for our science curriculum are DefinedSTEM and Amplify Science 


    • Physical Science and Engineering: Pushes and Pulls
    • Physical Science, Earth Science, and Engineering: Weather 
    • Life Science, Earth Science, and Engineering: Plants and Animals

    First Grade: 

    • Life Science and Engineering: Animals and Plant Defenses
    • Physical Science and Engineering: Light and Sound
    • Earth Science: Spinning Earth 

    Second Grade:

    • Life Science and Earth Science: Plant and Animal Relationships
    • Earth Science: Changing Landforms
    • Physical Science and Engineering: Properties of Materials

    Third Grade:

    • Life Science and Engineering: Environments and Survival
    • Physical Science: Balancing Forces
    • Earth Science and Engineering: Weather and Climate
    • Life Science: Inheritance and Traitis

    Fourth Grade:

    • Physical Science, Life Science, Earth Science, and Engineering: Waves, Energy, and Information
    • Physical Science and Life Science: Vision and Light
    • Earth Science: Earth's Features
    • Physical Science, Earth Science, and Engineering: Energy Conversions

    Fifth Grade:

    • Physical Science, Life Science, Earth Science, and Engineering: Ecosystem Restoration
    • Physical Science, Life Science, Earth Science, and Engineering: The Earth System 
    • Physical Science and Earth Science: Patterns of Earth and Sky
    • Physical Science, Life Science, Earth Science, and Engineering: Modeling Matter

    Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)
    Illinois will administer a science assessment to students in grades five, eight, and once in high school. For more information about the state assessment for science visit https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Illinois-Science-Assessment.aspx

  • Updated October 2019