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Elementary Science: Grades K–5

Merrick Science Curriculum Map 2021-2022

The National Geographic Exploring Science curriculum was developed specifically for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This program ensures student science success for the 21st century by providing instruction in Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts.

The National Geographic Exploring Science curriculum includes: 

  • In-depth focus to meet the rigor of NGSS for grades K-5
  • Introduces real-world science research with National Geographic Explorers, scientists, and photographers
  • Connects concise content with hands-on investigations, engineering practices, and case studies

Each grade level studies topics in Earth Science, Physical Science and Life Science:

Kindergarten: Weather and Climate; Pushes and Pulls; Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

First Grade: Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles; Waves: Light and Sound; Structure, Function and Information Processing: Plants and Animals

Second Grade: Structure and Properties of Matter; Earth’s Systems: Processes That Shape The Earth; Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

Third Grade: Forces and Interactions; Weather and Climate; Ecosystems, Life Cycles and Traits

Fourth Grade: Earth’s Systems: Processes That Shape The Earth; Energy/Waves; Structure, Function and Information Processing: Internal/External Features

Fifth Grade: Structure and Properties of Matter; Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems; Earth Systems and Space Systems

Explore the National Geographic Exploring Science Interactive eBook 

The student eBook is accessible through

The website offers:

  • Engaging content-based activities
  • Enhanced content with videos, animations and simulations
  • Improves student understanding with interactive content and vocabulary activities

Overview of NGSS topics:

6th grade

Our sixth grade students will be studying topics that will prepare them for the rigors of the middle school.

Unit 1: Structure, Function and Information Processing

Unit 2: Growth, Development and Reproduction of Organisms

Unit 3: Structure and Properties of Matter

Unit 4: Forces and Interactions


Each building in the Merrick School District has a newly redesigned and renovated STEAM Discovery Lab to enhance student learning experiences. The layout of each room makes this innovative learning environment exciting, engaging and functional! Each STEAM Discovery Lab has new tables conducive to small group collaboration, 6 zSpace 3D virtual reality computers, 6 iPads, one 3D printer and a SmartBoard; as well as a variety of science equipment and Makerspace materials. The STEAM Discovery Lab is used by all grade levels for planned lessons and impromptu discovery!