6. Revise Elementary Structure for Teaching Science
Revise Elementary Structure for Teaching Science. The understandable and important emphasis in early elementary on literacy (reading and writing) and mathematics leaves little time for science instruction at that level. Historically, science has been taught in short periods several times a week, not allowing time for hands on activities and exploration. To better utilize time for science instruction while still honoring the essential nature of literacy and mathematics instruction at that level, the science periods will be consolidated into one longer period per week in grades K-3. The goal is for each student to experience one quality science exploration each week rather than several quick exposures spread out over the week. Disciplinary Core Ideas from the standards will be incorporated in literacy through NGSS aligned science readers chosen to complement the week exploration activities.