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NGSS Grade Level Performance Expectations

The Garden Classroom

Hundreds of man-hours and multiple eagle projects went into the design and development of our garden classroom.  Our garden instructor, Kim Curiel, invites classes to come to the garden to learn about science, nutrition, social studies and sustainable living.  

BVE Science

Welcome to the Burton Valley Science Lab

The Burton Valley Science Lab is located in room #1 for grades K-2 with Mrs. Peirce and room #41 for grades 3-5 with Mrs. Lowell.  Mrs. Peirce and Mrs. Lowell are your Burton Valley Science Teachers.  Students have direct hands-on experiences in a dedicated science lab and use secondary sources such as science notebooks, books and research to deepen their understanding by looking for patterns, relationships and evidence.  We know from research that learning is much more than repeating content and information and that students are continually building their own understanding of the world around them from their experiences.


With advances in science in the past 15 years and research of how children learn science, the Next Generation Science Standards are aligned with Common Core State Standards to bring science education into the 21st century.  Check out the new standards here

Ooey Gooey Fish Guts

First graders open the "belly" of an aquatic animal to see what it eats - Is it a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore?

Ooey Gooey Fish Guts

5th Grade Tree Research Project

5th Grade Monarch Butterfly Project

Cool Science in the Bay Area

Interactive Science Notebooks

All students will be using interactive science notebooks this year to integrate science and Common Core State Standards in math and ELA.  Research shows that writing, reading and talking about science is essential to increase and deepen 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 
  • Using writing and creativity to support inquiry-based learning and Common Core State Standards
  • Preparing students with skills to function and make decisions in the 21st century.