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Westborough teachers use a combination of purchased science kits and teacher-designed curriculum that align with the 2016 MA Science, Technology, and Engineering Frameworks. We currently use FOSS, a research-based curriculum designed by the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California at Berkley, for some units in K-6 classrooms.

Environments: Students observe the structures and behaviors of several live organisms. Students explore the ways that these structures and behaviors relate to the organisms' abilities to survive, grow, and reproduce in specific environments.

Energy: Students investigate electrical and electromagnetic energy and the ways that energy can be transferred and transformed. Students also explore how waves transfer sound and motion energy.

Soils, Rocks, and Landforms: Students use topographic maps and stream tables to explore how rocks break down and land changes over time. Students design and conduct experiments to discover how  water flow, slope, and other variables impact the Earth's surface and analyze their data to predict future events.

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Westborough teachers use a combination of purchased science kits and teacher-designed curriculum that align with the 2016 MA Science, Technology, and Engineering Frameworks. We currently use FOSS, a research-based curriculum designed by the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California at Berkley, for some units in K-6 classrooms.

Living Systems: Students explore how organisms and ecosystems interact and the ways that individual organisms meet their basic needs. Students learn about the role of the sun in providing energy to life on Earth and the ways that energy and matter cycle through ecosystems. 

Mixtures and Solutions: Students explore matter and its interactions, and learn that matter is made up of particles too small to be seen. Students investigate the conservation of matter when it changes state, and create mixtures, solutions, and reactions between substances.  

Earth and Sun: Students explore the properties of the atmosphere, energy transfer from the Sun to Earth, and water cycling in Earth’s atmosphere. Students develop and use models to understand Earth’s place in the solar system, and the interactions of the Earth, sun, and moon that create predictable patterns in shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of stars in the night sky. 

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Westborough teachers use a combination of purchased science kits and teacher-designed curriculum that align with the 2016 MA Science, Technology, and Engineering Frameworks. We currently use FOSS, a research-based curriculum designed by the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California at Berkley, for some units in K-6 classrooms.

Waves and Planetary Science:  Students explore the ways that waves transfer energy, how waves are affected by the materials through which they pass, and how waves can be used for transmitting information. Students model the relationships between the sun, moon, and Earth to discover why we have a lunar cycle and eclipses. Students also consider Earth's place in the solar system and Milky Way galaxy and the role of gravity in the creation of solar systems.

Unity and Diversity of Life: Students contemplate what makes something living, and use microscopes to explore the structures and functions of animal and plant cells. Students then research various body systems and consider the interactions between these systems for sustaining life. Students participate in a design challenge to modify a body system and engage in argumentation to debate the benefits and drawbacks of each design.

Evidence of Earth's History: Students analyze and interpret data from the fossil record to describe organisms and environments throughout Earth's history. Students explore evolutionary relationships among and between fossil organisms and modern organisms. 

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