At Tulare City School District, we believe that students learn science best when they are engaged in meaningful, hands-on activities and investigations and use age-appropriate language and vocabulary resources to address language development. The science textbooks and lab materials we use satisfy those needs for our students.
In the near future, science education in the K-12 classroom will be changing. In 1998, the California Department of Education adopted the current Science Content Standards. In 2013, California adopted the new standards called the Next Generation Science Standards. The transition to the Next Generation Science Standards will happen in the next few years. For more information about the new standards, please visit the Next Generation Science Standards website. You may also read the NGSS Parent Guide provided.
K–6th Grade Science
Kindergarten through sixth grade teachers and students use California Science, published by Macmillian/McGraw-Hill. You are welcome to access on-line information at the publisher's website with the link on the left side of this page.
In addition to publishers’ materials, students in the 4th through 8th grades use laptop computers, digital microscopy, and hand-held sensors to enhance their science education.
7th Grade Science
Our seventh grade science course engages students and is exciting and fun. We learn and implement the methods and skills of real scientists. Using state-of-the-art lab equipment, we delve into microbiology, zoology, ecology, and physiology.
8th Grade Science
Physical science is the focus of our 8th grade science curriculum. Using reasoning and deductive algebraic skills, we learn about chemical reactions, the laws of motion, force, and matter.
We are currently using Google Apps for Educators in the 7th and 8th grade science classrooms.