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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. 

Plants and Animals: Students observe growing plants and design terrariums to support plant and animal life. Students explore the variations in the same types of animals and plants and discover the relationships between animal and plant structures and functions.

Patterns in our World:  Students observe and track the positions of the moon and sun to discover patterns in the locations and appearance of objects in our sky. Students also consider patterns in seasonal change and their predictable impacts on the environment.  

Sound and Light: Students observe and manipulate sound and light to learn to how each is produced and can be changed. Students explore sound and light sources and receivers and investigate how sound and light devices communicate information.

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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.

Pebbles, Sand, and Silt: Students observe, describe, analyze, and sort various Earth materials and explore how landforms change over time. Students also learn about Earth materials as natural resources. 

Solids and Liquids: Students explore how materials are similar and different from each other and how the properties of materials relate to their uses. Students investigate the mixing of materials with various properties and learn that some changes to materials caused by heating and cooling are reversible and some are not.

Insects and Habitats: Students explore the environments outside their classroom doors to discover what insects and other organisms need from their local habitats to survive. Students compare two different environments to figure out why similar and different plants and animals inhabit each.

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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.

Structures of Life: Students explore the structures and behaviors of various organisms and the variations in traits that may provide an advantage in survival. Students investigate the effects of water on different types of seeds and observe the life cycles of plants. 

Motion and Matter: Students explore the forces of magnetism and gravity and use data they gather to predict the motion of objects. Students use what they have learned about forces and motion to complete an engineering design challenge.

Weather and Climate: Students make and record observations of the weather to predict local weather patterns. Students consider how severe weather can impact communities and investigate various climates worldwide. 

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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.

Animals 2x2: Students observe a range of animals in classroom habitats to learn what animals need to survive. Students explore the relationships between what animals need to survive and their environments. 

Materials and Motion: Students explore the properties of materials and  how those properties determine their uses. Students then use those materials to engineer structures and apply ideas of energy transfer.

Weather: Throughout the year, students make and record observations of local weather conditions. Students use their observation to predict changes in the weather during different seasons.

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