Our current K-5 Science instructional program reflects the learning and performance expectations found in the Next Generation Science Standards. The NGSS, adopted by the State Board of Education in 2014, were officially renamed as the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science
(NJSLS-S) in 2016.
Our science curriculum is designed to help students foster an understanding of the four domains of science: physical science, life science, earth and space science, and engineering, technology, and applications of science, from kindergarten through fifth grade. In earlier grades, students begin by recognizing patterns and formulating answers to questions about the world around them. By the end of fifth grade, students are able to demonstrate grade-appropriate proficiency in gathering, describing, and using information about the natural and designed world(s). The performance expectations in elementary school grade bands develop ideas and skills over time that will allow students to explain more complex phenomena in the four disciplines as they progress to middle and high school. While the performance expectations shown in kindergarten through fifth grade couple particular practices with specific Disciplinary Core Ideas, informed instructional decisions based on formative and summative assessment should be made by the teacher to ensure understanding of the many science and engineering practices that lead to the performance expectations.
To that end, the Edison Public School District has chosen Discovery Education's Next Generation Science Standards Techbook as a primary resource for teaching and learning. This interactive, digital textbook presents students with an engaging exploration of appropriate topics, resources, and activities. We hope that you will take the time to explore this resource so that you can support your children at home with their learning.