Grades K-4 Elementary Curriculum for Science was developed by teachers across the region in concert with the Cross District Science Mapping Group.  CDSM teachers began meeting in January 2015 to create year-long maps around the MA Science Standards when they were in their draft form. Teachers have been meeting regularly for the past three years, both during the school year and summers, to create units to benefit their students.   All units are over Open Resource Education (OER) material suggestion for implementation. All materials are free to use in districts and classrooms within the Creative Commons license attached to this work.

In Beverly, these units are utilized by our teacher in kindergarten through grade 5. The Beverly curriculum is aligned to the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework (which are based upon the Next Generation Science Standards - NGSS) and we utilize common assessments to provide us the data to adjust instruction and personalize learning opportunities for our students. Each classroom and grade level incorporate the following Science Practices as part of our science instruction.

Science and Engineering Practices

The eight practices of science and engineering that the Framework identifies as essential for all students to learn, and describes in detail, are listed below:

  1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
  2. Developing and using models
  3. Planning and carrying out investigations
  4. Analyzing and interpreting data
  5. Using mathematics and computational thinking
  6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
  7. Engaging in argument from evidence
  8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Development of units and assessments is ongoing as teacher teams continue to refine the regional units to include local elements such as watersheds, tidepools, and solar energy.


Grade One

Grade Two

Grade Three

Grade Four