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NGSS Curriculum Overview

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Science in the Bay Area

Owl Pellet Dissection

Third graders will dissect owl pellets in the 2nd semester. This link enables you to participate in a virtual dissection. 

Springhill Science Lab

Springhill Garden

All garden sessions have been cancelled for Wednesday, May 1st. Please stay home. Our garden lead cannot attend on this date.

The Thursday morning sessions for Mrs. Bowles and Mrs. Manzano's classes have also been cancelled. Please give yourselves the gift of time. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thank you!


 The garden team has created a new Sign-up Genius for all classroom garden volunteers. Please follow this link and sign up. Please sign up again for anything you committed to in the fall. We were unable to merge the old sign-ups with this new template, so we are asking you to re-enter your information. It is now a school-wide sign-up. If you love being out with students in the garden (no garden experience necessary), feel free to join other classes in the garden. If ever you see an open slot, we'd love your help. Thank you! 

Sign-Up Genius Link for kid wrangling (supervising class groups of 4-6 students)


Springhill Science Lab

The Springhill Science Lab is up in room 19 (the classroom closest to our garden).  Students experience hands-on science in a dedicated lab and use science notebooks to integrate the lab experiences and science literacy.  

The science curriculum continues to evolve to adopt of the Next Generation Science Standards. Check out the NGSS here.

Ocean Plastic Pollution Action Plans

Third grade students studied the water shed, and then did an inventory around just what we're putting into our local water system. Each third grade class spent one lab outside on campus last week, picking up and geo-tagging every piece of trash they found. They tagged it by location and kind using the app, "Litterati." See the results of their collections below. Students formed action groups around what change they feel needs to happen. Students are writing letters contacting everyone from Amazon to the PFC to the mayor. They are making posters, teaching in classrooms, creating videos on our FlipGrid page, mailing back plastic, and forming committees. 



Springhill science is supported by LPIE. LPIE instructors teach NGSS enrichment lessons for each grade level and LPIE provides our lab with materials and aide support. Thank you LPIE!

Interactive Science Notebooks

All students will be using Interactive Science Notebook this year to integrate science and Common Core State Standards.  Research shows that writing, reading and talking about science is essential to increase and deepen conceptual understanding by:

  • Using writing to construct and process science concepts
  • Modeling what real scientists do
  • Recording observations, ideas, questions and thinking
  • Recording information, interpreting results, reflecting on learning, and showing evidence of understanding
  • Reading and writing with science language and non-fiction conventions 
  • Using writing and creativity to support inquiry-based learning and Common Core State Standards
  • Preparing students with skills to function and make decisions in the 21st century.