Scope and sequence: Science

This is a collection of the two science scope and sequence documents, produced in June, 2015. Together, they include descriptions of all of the science units from kindergarten through 8th grade plus all of the Regents science courses. During the school year 2018-2019, educators in grades 6-8 should use the new 2018 NYC PK-8 Scope & Sequence as awareness and professional learning tool for the NYSSLS, and use the 2015 Enhanced 6-12 Scope & Sequence to plan and deliver instruction.

Included Resources

The New York City PK-8 Science Scope and Sequence 2018 is a new scope and sequence for Science, aligned to the NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards (which are based on the Next Generation science Standards). During the school year 2018-2019, educators in grades 6-8 should use the new 2018 NYC PK-8 Scope & Sequence as awareness and professional learning tool for the NYSSLS, and use the 2015 Enhanced 6-12 Scope & Sequence to plan and deliver instruction. Features of this new resource include:

  • A year-long PK-8 Curricula Implementation Timeline, including alignment to Pre-K for All Interdisciplinary Units of Study.
  • Detailed year-long and unit overviews, including the three dimensions of science in the Performance Expectations: Science and Engineering Practices; Disciplinary Core Ideas; and Crosscutting Concepts.
  • Alignment to Disciplinary Core Ideas across grade levels; Engineering Design Performance Expectations; the Nature of Science; and Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science.
  • Alignment to the Excellence in Environmental Education: Guidelines for Learning (K–12) published by the North American Association of Environmental Education to support the environmental education of NYC students and to encourage them to find innovative solutions to environmental problems and issues in their communities.
  • The New York State Education Law, Article 17, Section 809 (Instructions for the Humane Treatment of Animals) and Section 810 (Conservation Day).
  • Evidence statements for NYSED-specific Performance Expectations.

The 2015 Enhanced NYC Science Scope & Sequence is a revision of an earlier Scope & Sequence published in 2008. The Enhanced NYC Science Scope & Sequence includes the current NYS MST standards that all schools should continue to follow as well as new resources. During the school year 2018-2019, educators in grades 6-8 should use the new 2018 NYC PK-8 Scope & Sequence as awareness and professional learning tool for the NYSSLS, and use the 2015 Enhanced 6-12 Scope & Sequence to plan and deliver instruction.The new resources include:
  • Alignment to the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices and the Cross-Cutting Concepts.
  • Alignment to the Common Core Learning Standards in English Language Arts and the Common Core Learning Standards in Mathematics given the relevance between the skills needed in all three disciplines (ELA, Math, and Science).
  • Alignment to the Excellence in Environmental Education: Guidelines for Learning (K–12) published by the North American Association of Environmental Education to support the environmental education of NYC students and to encourage them to find innovative solutions to environmental problems and issues in their communities.
  • The New York State Education Law, Article 17, Section 809 (Instructions for the Humane Treatment of Animals) and Section 810 (Conservation Day)
  • The Reference Tables that are used most often in Regents science courses are included (in the Grades 6–12 Scope & Sequence only).