Science Curriculum

  • Christina School District is proud to work in partnership with the State of Delaware Science Coalition* to offer a science curriculum aligned with the State’s 2013 adoption of the nationally recognized research-based Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

    A goal for developing the NGSS was to create a set of research-based, up-to-date K-12 science standards. These standards allow educators to design classroom learning experiences that stimulate students’ interests in science and prepare them for college, careers, and citizenship. Students do not just memorize scientific facts but learn to think and reason like scientists.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

  • Three Dimensions of Science Learning

  • Science & Engineering Practices

  • Crosscutting Concepts

  • More Information about NGSS

      Grades K-5

      • At the elementary level, teachers guide students in exploratory experiences using one or more of the following curricula:  

        • Smithsonian/Science and Technology for Children (STC)
        • Full Option Science System (FOSS)
        • Amplify Science  

        Scientific concepts and phenomena are explored as students ask questions and engage in making scientific claims. Exciting curriculum updates to our materials are already in place in some elementary grades and will continue in the remaining grades over the next few years.

      Grades 6-8

      • Students begin a more in-depth exploration of life science, physical science, and earth science in middle school. While some classrooms are using TCI science materials in grades 6, 7, and 8, others are currently in the process of piloting an exciting new curriculum, OpenSciEd.  

        Students continue to explore scientific concepts and phenomena that began in the elementary grades with more in-depth investigations and scientific reasoning. Exciting curriculum updates will be ongoing over the next few years.

        Additional MS Science Curricular Information:

      Grades 9-12

      • * The Delaware Science Coalition manages science policy, curriculum, and professional development in Delaware school districts and charter schools and works with district representatives on science initiatives.  Belonging to the Coalition provides support both with professional development and materials.