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Lafayette Partners in Education funds a large portion of our science program.  They offer instructional support, materials and additional instruction in the science lab.  The science teachers work hand in hand with LPIE instructors to provide a rich learning environment for students.

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Elementary Science

Lafayette School District Elementary Science Program

The State of California adoption of Next Generation Science Standards in September of 2013 reflects the needs of our students to participate in a 21st century scientific and technological world.These standards are aligned with Common Core State Standards for math and ELA emphasizing critical thinking, discourse and conceptual understanding.  Students visit the science lab for hands-on experiences and use science notebooks, discourse, reading and writing in the classroom to integrate literacy and science. There is a dedicated science lab at each elementary site as well as a certificated science teacher.  

The Lafayette School District science teachers have been preparing for the implementation of NGSS and participating in professional development with the Exploratorium, Chabot Space and Science Center and California Academy of Sciences.   LPIE also supports science education through funding and instruction.

NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS Grade Level Performance Expectations

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Science and Literacy

Students use Interactive Science Notebooks in the science lab and in the classroom.  Research shows that reading, writing, and talking about science increases and deepens conceptual understanding by:

  • Using writing to construct and process science concepts
  • Modeling what real scientists do
  • Recording observations, ideas, questions and thinking
  • Recording information, interpreting results, reflecting on learning, and showing evidence of understanding
  • Reading and writing with science language and non-fiction conventions aligned with CCSS
  • Using writing and creativity to support inquiry-based learning and make science connections


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