SCIENCE 21 is an integrated K-6 Science curriculum developed locally and regionally at the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES.  It is a science program designed by teachers for teachers.  It is linked to the New York State Learning Standards for Mathematics, Science and Technology.
     Science 21
    The program's major emphasis is on investigations that are student directed and relevant to students' everyday lives.  The program's main focus is on hands-on, inquiry-based science, and math, language arts and technology are integrated at points where they fit naturally. SCIENCE 21 achieves a balance between process and content, and is supported by kits and staff development.
    SCIENCE 21 is a K-6 integrated science sequence, developed at Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES, in which experiences build science conceptual development from unit to unit and grade to grade.  There are four units at each grade level with materials kits to conduct all the activities.  The first unit usually deals with science processes and investigative tools.  The other units provide relevant, grade-appropriate experiences in physical, earth, and life science.  While some science programs permit random selection of unrelated units, the implementation of the SCIENCE 21 curriculum insures an integrated, deliberate sequence of instruction that addresses NYS Standards without gaps or overlaps.
    For more information visit http://www.pnwboces.org/Science21/  
    SCIENCE 21:  Science for the 21st Century 
     The Science 21 program is currently renovating curriculum to follow the progression of the New York State Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS) by creating grade appropriate instruction to help students construct an understanding of the Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and the Crosscutting Concepts.  This Curriculum aligns to the instructional progressions of the NYSSLS.
    Grade K -  New Curriculum 
    Unit 1: Weather and Climate
    Unit 2: Forces and Interactions: Pushes and Pulls
    Unit 3: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems:  Animals, Plants, and Their Environment 
     Current Program:
    First Grade - Order in our World
    Unit 1: Organizing Ourselves to Do Science Investigations
    Unit 2: Investigating Attributes and Properties of Objects
    Unit 3: Identify the States of Matter
    Unit 4: Investigating Living Things (pillbugs/hermit crabs)
    Second Grade - Measuring Changes in Our World
    Unit 1: Tools to Measure Our World
    Unit 2: Observing and Measuring Changes in Energy
    Unit 3: Observing and Measuring Changes in Living Things (crayfish/triops)
    Unit 4: Observing and Measuring Changes in Environment
    Third Grade - Cycles in the Natural World
    Unit 1: How a Scientist Investigates Plant Cycles
    Unit 2: How a Scientist Investigates Electricity
    Unit 3: How a Scientist Investigates Water Cycles
    Unit 4: How a Scientist Investigates Animal Cycles (butterflies)
    Plant Cycle  
    Fourth Grade - Organization in the Natural World
    Unit 1: Organizing Ourselves for Doing Science
    Unit 2: Digestion, Nutrients, Food Chains and Food Webs
    Unit 3: Simple Machines
    Unit 4: Organization of the Earth (constructive and destructive forces, rocks and minerals)
    Simple Machines  
    Fifth Grade - Interactions in the Natural World
    Unit 1: Interactions of Chemical Matter (Focus on controlled studies)
    Unit 2: Interactions in the Microworld (cells lead into...)
    Unit 3: Interactions in the Human Body (respiratory/circulatory & muscular/skeletal systems and genetics)
    Unit 4: Interactions in the Environment - Energy Transfer
    Sixth Grade - Investigations of Science and Technology In Our World
    Unit 1: Investigating the Nature of Science and Technology
    Unit 2: Investigating Energy (Electromagnetism, Potential / Kinetic)
    Unit 3: Investigating Earth In Space
    Unit 4: Investigating the Environment (Ecosystems, Human Interactions with the Environment)
    earth space