Science Education in the Red Clay Consolidated School District
In the Red Clay Consolidated School District, students engage in diverse, inquiry-based explorations and investigations of the natural world through science instruction from kindergarten through graduation. As a member of the Delaware Science Coalition, students receive instruction in physical science, life science, earth/space science, and engineering through the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The NGSS, adopted by Delaware in September 2013, incorporate a three-dimensional approach to challenge all students at every grade level to create a deep understanding of the world, the universe, and living things. Through the NGSS, Red Clay science educators prepare students for a post-graduation experience in which they can participate fully in a global workforce.
Red Clay Science Curriculum
In grade K-5, students focus on three science units per year. Each unit lasts approximately 12 weeks. Contact your child’s teacher for ways you can enrich their experiences in science exploration and inquiry at home.
Delaware Department of Education Science Resources:
Elementary Science Curriculum
Middle School Science Curriculum
High School Science Curriculum
Students are required to complete three science credits for graduation. One of these must be in biology. Other course offerings are as follows:
Integrated Physical/Earth Science
Anatomy and Physiology
Courses may be offered at the College Preparatory level, the Honors level, or as an Advanced Placement course. Each high school may have additional offerings in the science department for students.
Next Generation Science Standards: http://www.nextgenscience.org
The Next Generation Science Standards are organized into three dimensions:
Dimension 1: Science and Engineering Practices:
- Asking questions and defining problems
- Developing and using models
- Planning and carrying out investigations
- Analyzing and interpreting data
- Using mathematics and information and computer technology
- Developing explanations and designing solutions
- Engaging in argument
- Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
As students engage in the Science and Engineering Practices to make sense of phenomena, they come to understand how scientific understanding develops.
Dimension 2: Cross-Cutting Concepts:
- Cause and effect
- Scale, proportion and quantity
- Systems and system models
- Energy and matter
- Structure and function
- Stability and change
These Cross-Cutting Concepts in science extend across all grades and all scientific areas. These concepts help students deepen their understanding of core ideas and form the language by which they make sense of science.
Dimension 3: Disciplinary Core Ideas
- PS1 Matter and its interactions
- PS2 Motion and stability: Forces and interactions
- PS3 Energy
- PS4 Waves and their applications in technologies for information transfer
- LS1 From molecules to organisms: Structures and processes
- LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, energy, and dynamics
- LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and variation of traits
- LS4 Biological evolution: Unity and diversity
Earth and Space Sciences
- ESS1 Earth’s place in the universe
- ESS2 Earth’s systems
- ESS3 Earth and human activity
Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science
- ETS1 Engineering design
- ETS2 Links among engineering, technology, science and society
Students focus on a limited number of core ideas. These core ideas in science are used to explain a variety of scientific ideas, and phenomena. In addition, these core ideas are relevant to people’s lives, and are connected to society’s concerns.