First and Second graders use the Harcourt Science textbook to address Earth, Life, and Physical Science curriculum standards. In addition to the text, scientific topics are integrated into the Superkids reading program in grades K-2 through the Super Magazine and Scholastic News.
Fourth grade studies Matter and Energy, Patterns on the Earth and in Space, A World of Living Things, and The Nature and Science of Engineering.
Harcourt Science is the text used by grades 5 and 6. It follows the National Science Education Standards. Those standards that align with the Minnesota Science Standards are what are taught in the classroom. Students work in the text, investigate concepts in the laboratory, and link what is learned to other aspects of their education.
Grade 5 does work in Earth and Space Science, Physical Science, Life Science, and Nature of Science and Engineering. Grade 6 does work in Physical Science and Nature of Science and Engineering.
The 7th and 8th grade science classes follow the guidelines of the National Science Education Standards and the State Standards of Minnesota. The classes also follow the direction of the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) program and use the Life and Earth Science textbooks published by McDougal Littell. Classes combine both individual and group work with time in the laboratory.
The 7th and 8th grade classes are based on observation and discovery. Students perform many of their learning tasks in groups and in laboratory sessions, both outdoors and in the lab. All of this is done under the direction of the teacher.