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Jackson Area Catholic Schools


         Science Curriculum Grades K-8

Curriculum Committee

Ron Niedzwiecki, Chairperson
Robyn Soltis
Liz Hartley
Diane Christou
Amanda Taelman
Carolyn Benjey
Justin Brown
Nancy Lefere

Jackson Area Catholic Schools
Jackson Catholic Middle School
Queen of the Miraculous Medal Elementary
Queen of the Miraculous Medal Elementary
St. John the Evangelist Elementary
St. John the Evangelist Elementary
Our Lady of Fatima Elementary
Lumen Christi Catholic High School


 Guiding Documents

Elementary Science Curriculum Guidelines, Diocese of Lansing, 2009

Science Grade Level Content Expectations, v.12.07, Michigan Department of Education.

Science Curriculum, Grades K-8, Jackson Area Catholic Schools, 2005.

Vision Statement

That the Jackson Area Catholic Schools provide a coordinated, sequential curriculum and expanded learning opportunities ensuring mastery of the standards in science by all students.

As Catholic Schools, we prepare our students to be responsible and involved caretakers of the world created by God.  All students will develop a sense of curiosity and respect for God’s creation by understanding and appreciating the scientific laws governing our existence.  These experiences prepare our students to make sound life-long decisions based on scientific knowledge and methods, and the teachings of the Catholic Church in an ever-changing world.

Program Standards

1.  The students will develop respect and a responsibility for all God’s creatures and the world around them, using Catholic Church teachings as a foundation for making moral and ethical decisions by:

a.     Demonstrating respect for the sacredness of all life
b.     Practicing civic and personal responsibilities based on Catholic values
c.     Appreciating ecological relationships
d.     Developing an awareness of all sensitivity to the natural world

2.  The students will recognize the power of curiosity, which led and continues to lead scientists to the exploration and discovery of scientific principles by:

a.     Anticipating and constructively reacting to change
b.     Being open and willing to see new ideas
c.     Recognizing diverse historical contributions
d.     Exploring careers
e.     Generating questions about the world based on observation

3. The students will engage in a variety of inquiry processes, which incorporate technology effectively while recognizing many methods of solving problems by:

a.    Applying technology
b.    Making systematic observation and measurement
c.    Interpreting and analyzing data from many perspectives
d.    Manipulating simple devices that aid in data collection and observation
e.    Manipulating simple measurement tools for the collection, observation and analysis of  data
f.     Identifying and utilizing measurement units

4. The students will utilize scientific methods and integrate the principles of other disciplines to solve real life problems by:

a.     Communicating effectively
b.     Displaying global awareness
c.     Applying scientific principles to other content areas
d.     Developing solutions to unfamiliar problems through reasoning, observation and investigation
e.     Constructing charts and graphs and prepare summaries of observations

5.  The students will demonstrate the critical working skills necessary to become cooperative learners while remaining independent thinkers throughout life by:

a.     Using social skills
b.     Pursuing individual interest
c.     Asking questions, collecting data, drawing conclusions, conducting fair tests and sharing prio

6.     The students will develop skills and strategies for reflecting on scientific knowledge by:

a.     Developing an awareness of the need for evidence in making decisions scientifically
b.     Showing how science concepts can be illustrated through creative expression such as language
        arts and fine arts


Organizational Structure 


Scientific Inquiry

The students will make observations about the natural world, identifying patterns in data, and proposing explanations to account for the patterns.  They will incorporate technology effectively, while recognizing many methods of problem solving, utilizing scientific methods and integrating the principles of other disciplines to solve real-life problems.  They will also demonstrate the critical working skills necessary to become cooperative learners, while remaining independent thinkers throughout life.  The scientific inquiry processes will be integrated into life, earth and physical science.

Life Science

The students will explore the complexity, diversity, and interdependence of life forms and their ecosystems by individually and collaboratively integrating technology and scientific research to conduct investigations, solve problems, make decisions and communicate ideas and results.

Earth Science

The students will analyze and evaluate the past and present technological and natural processes of the universe affecting the interactions within and among the geosphere, hydrosphere, and celestial sphere and make decisions that contribute to environmentally responsible behavior.

Physical Science

The students will individually and collaboratively investigate the laws, properties, interactions and relationships of matter and energy by utilizing technology, applying scientific problem solving methods and formulating, evaluating and communicating decisions and ideas.


Science Curriculum Coding 

The Student expectation identified in the Science Curriculum are divided into four strands.


  • Scientific Inquiry (SI)
  • Life Science (LS)
  • Earth Science (ES)
  • Physical Science (PS)

Each expectation is coded with a strand, grade level, and expectation number.

For Example, SI.01.03 indicates:

Strand                                Grade                        Expectation Number
SI                                          01                                   03

Science Inquiry                   First Grade                  Third Expectation


Academic Standards
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