The studies of physical, life, and earth science are taught in the K-8 science program through California HMH Science Dimensions, which provides hands-on experiences to foster understanding of the scientific process and is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Science teachers are experienced and certificated in the teaching of science. A teacher aide dedicated to science manages materials preparation to ensure all classes have substantive hands-on lab experiences. Students in kindergarten learn to document their thinking (pictures) and each successive grade learns to take notes, collect and analyze data, and form (and refute, reform, revise or verify) hypotheses about their findings.
Teachers guide student learning through exploration, analysis, application, and explanation—in short, to think like scientists. NGSS standards are woven consistently through all grade levels, yet give instructors the freedom to make science meaningful and enjoyable. Using the Interactive Worktexts, students collect evidence, reflect in writing, discuss their findings, and explain their results—advancing their literacy skills and their understanding of critical science concepts.
Where will instruction take students? With HMH Field Trips powered by Google® Expeditions, the answer is virtually anywhere. As a proud Google Content Partner, HMH Science Dimensions provides 360-degree virtual field trips that allow students to travel through history, explore the world, and witness scientific wonders, creating a "window-on-the-world" interactive classroom!
Additional opportunities for students' dynamic explorations are provided by the FOSS program materials and lab tools.
The annual science fair project for students in grades 6-8 (and the project collaborative in grade 5) provides substantive opportunities for project-based learning and integrated skill development in inquiry, research, speaking, and writing. Students engage in the pursuit of a question through the scientific process. Community members (school parents, parishioners, local scientists) serve as real-life mentors who discuss project findings, data trials, and probable theories on the outcomes of the student work. This integrated and collaborative experience is rich with cross-curricular and real-life experiences.
Outdoor Education in the Marin Headlands for grade 6, and the Marine Science Lab on the San Francisco Bay with grade 7 take students into the outdoor environment for first-hand exploration of science in the real world.