The Massachusetts Science and Technology/ Engineering Standards reflect several key shifts from prior MA standards and line up with similar shifts being made in English language arts and mathematics. This means that our teaching strategies progress coherently and consistently, making it easier for students to develop an understanding of the connected nature of science.  All four disciplines, including earth and space science, life science, physical science, and technology/engineering are included in each grade level. The integration of multiple disciplines allows students to better understand cross cutting concepts that span all fields of science as well as ELA and math.

The following table is a general outline of content being covered in the school year.

Our Sisters School Science Program Scope and Sequence




Grade 5


Diversity of Life

Magnetism and Electricity

Grade 6

Properties of Matter

Simple Machines & Sound and Light

Rocks and Minerals

Grade 7

Populations and Ecosystems

Plate Tectonics: Earthquakes and Volcanos

Weather and Water

Grade 8

Weather and Water

Chemical Interactions

Force and Motion & Advanced Inquiry


Science out of the Classroom
Our Sisters’ School understands that in science, skills are not separate from the concepts that we teach. The best way to integrate concepts and skills is with practice. Learning activities at Community Boating, Buttonwood Park Zoo and the Lloyd Center for the Environment are included each week for every student. The National Research Council has stated exactly what OSS believes and practices when they said:

    Engaging in the practices of science helps students understand how scientific knowledge develops; such direct involvement gives them an appreciation of the wide range of approaches that are used to investigate, model and explain the world” (NRC, 2012, pp/42-43)


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