Science at SPARK

  • SPARK fully embraces the philosophy set forth in "A Framework of K-12 Science Education". We have a strong vision for our students to actively engage in science learning using the Three Dimensional Framework of Science. This framework encompasses three fundamental components that are integral to a comprehensive science education: science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas.

    Science and Engineering Practices

    This component emphasizes the active involvement of students in scientific and engineering practices, such as conducting experiments, making observations, analyzing data, constructing models, and engaging in problem-solving. These practices enable students to develop the skills necessary to think and work like scientists and engineers.

    Crosscutting Concepts

    The crosscutting concepts are overarching concepts that apply across different scientific disciplines. They provide students with a lens through which they can analyze and connect various scientific phenomena and concepts. Examples of crosscutting concepts include patterns, cause and effect, systems and system models, energy and matter, and stability and change.

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    These are the foundational concepts and knowledge specific to each scientific discipline. They represent the key content areas that students need to grasp to develop a deep understanding of science. Disciplinary core ideas cover topics such as biology, chemistry, physics, Earth and space science, and engineering.

    By implementing the Three Dimensional Framework of Science, SPARK aims to provide a comprehensive science education that goes beyond memorizing facts. It encourages students to actively explore, investigate, and apply their knowledge, fostering a deeper understanding of scientific concepts and the development of critical thinking skills.

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  • Kindergarten

    • Matter

    • Earth Materials

    • Day and Night Sky

    • Types of Motion

    • Organisms and Nonliving Objects

    • Plants and Animals

    First Grade

    • Weather

    • Light

    • Sound

    • Plants

    • Animals

    • Magnets

    Second Grade

    • Force and Motion

    • Stars

    • Patterns of Earth, Sun, and Moon

    • Changes to the Environment

    • Properties of Matter

    • Life Cycles of Animals and Plants

  • Third Grade

    • Georgia Habitats 

    • Pollution

    • Rocks and Soil

    • Fossils

    • Heat

    Fourth Grade

    • Solar System

    • Water and Weather

    • Ecosystems

    • Sound and Light Energy

    • Balanced and Unbalanced Forces

    Fifth Grade 

    • Constructive and decunstructive processes

    • Classification and Inheritance of Traits

    • Cells and Microorganisms

    • Electricity and Magnetism

    • Physical and Chemical Changes

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