Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 10.38.40 AMIt’s one way we make sense of the world around us. We observe, wonder, predict, gather data, test, and accumulate evidence. There are many methods science uses to gather data and learn about a natural process or system, and there’s special characteristics that are unique to a scientific way of knowing as compared to other means. This video explores those characteristics. Science is all around us, and it’s important we understand what it is and what it isn’t… Watch Video
Teaching Box: The Nature of Science


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Guides to the Colorado Academic Standards
Kindergarten Through 5th Grade

Kindergarten     1st Grade     2nd Grade     3rd Grade     4th Grade     5th Grade

The guides describe the “big picture” purpose of the standards, as road maps to help ensure that all Colorado students graduate ready for life, college, and careers. They also provide overviews of the learning expectations for each of the ten content areas of the standards and offer examples of educational experiences that students may engage in, and that families could support, during the school year.

Colorado Academic Standards – Technology Narratives

What does Mastery of Technology look like at each grade level? What is expected of your students when it comes to oral communication & listening with multimedia or reading and writing with digital tools…. Find out at the links below

Technology Narratives 

Kindergarten     1st Grade      2nd Grade    3rd Grade     4th Grade      5th Grade
6th Grade       7th Grade     8th Grade     9th Grade    10th Grade    11th Grade

Colorado Measures of Academic Success: Grade 5 Science


Performance Level Descriptors

GLE – Grade Level Expectations

CDE -Instructional Unit Samples – Science


Electronic Practice Assessment Tools (ePAT) – ePATs familiarize both students and staff with the content and format of computer-delivered tests.

PGC – Prepared Graduate Competencies: the concepts and skills that students need to master in order to be postsecondary and workforce ready

GLE – Grade Level Expectations: grade specific expectations that indicate a student is making progress toward toe PGCs



 FOSS Resources by grade

Follow these Instructions to access Online FOSS Resources

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 Use Your IPad to listen to
all FOSS Science Books…

Simply download itunes U and search for your FOSS book title. There is a Lawrence Hall of Science Podcast for each FOSS title. Your students can now listen to, and read along with each book on their own time and at their own pace.


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An important change has come to FOSSweb: all users, including students, must have a FOSSweb account in order to access the online activities and multimedia. This means that teachers will need to create a class account for students to use to log in.

Instructions for creating an FOSS Account You can also visit our FOSSweb walk-through videos or download our Student Access PDFIf you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the FOSSweb Technical Support at support@fossweb.com

Access Code: AME2EL7862 (2nd Edition Elementary Access)
Access Code: AME1MS7788 (1st Edition Middle School Access)

St. Vrain primarily uses FOSS resources for Elementary Science but there are several other standard based science kits that are available for check out such as 1st grade Color Everywhere and 4th grade Web of Life. View the Yearly Science to Go Catalog  for a complete listing. ** Science to Go FOSS Kits are only available for check out by Elementary Teachers. **

St. Vrain Science to Go


Jackie Delier  –  delier_jackie@svvsd.org  –  303.702.7748
Mark Anderson  –  anderson_mark@svvsd.org  –  303.702.7748

Reserve a FOSS KitScience to Go Request Form

Science Materials Available for Checkout


 formerly known as Web/MAX, is the shared district library located at Media Services. It includes many different material types, including DVD’s, book sets, audio books, models and Department of Wildlife kits. Destiny Catalog    Destiny Tutorial & FAQ


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Kindergarten Little Peeps Design Challenge


Elementary Science Resources

SVVSD Digital Library

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Offers eBooks, AudioBooks and Streaming Media, including over 52,000 copies for middle and high school students. Many titles have both an eBook and AudioBook version, and many titles have multiple copies. Reaching all readers and interests​, there are also over 900 titles available elementary students including embedded audio with more books to be added. You can enjoy this library anytime and anywhere on a computer, iPad, smartphone, or eReader.

Introduction          St. Vrain/OverDrive Video        Frequently Asked Questions
Login – use your SVVSD username and password


SVVSD Media Services Science Database

World-Book-KidsWorld Book Kids Science is a general reference Web site developed especially for young students. The site features easy-to-read articles, thousands of illustrations, videos, comparison tools, and a wealth of engaging games and activities.


Kids InfoBits a content-rich, easy-to-use resource featuring age-appropriate content covering a broad range of educational topics. Featuring content from trusted sources, as well as engaging games and activities.


World Book Spanish Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos is the optimal beginner’s Spanish language reference tool. The site offers World Book’s excellent editorial content, rich media, and engaging features in Spanish.


World Book Timelines offers hundreds of pre-generated timelines which cover various time periods in science history. Students can browse existing timelines in science and technology and visualize the cause / effect relationship between events. World Book Timelines also allows users to create their own timeline from scratch, adding events, descriptions, and media.

St. Vrain Elementary Science Shared Files ( formally on Citrix ) can now be found on Google Docs at the following link. Elementary Files 

Elementary Science Writing Task: Created to support reading and writing in the science units aligned with common core standards. 3rd Grade   4th Grade   5th Grade


Online Resources

Science on Ipads

Science Literacy

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UCAR – Learning Zone
How does a cloud form? What’s a sunspot? Why is climate changing? At The UCAR Center for Science Education’s Learning Zone, you can explore these questions and more. Below are two activities designed for elementary grade students developed right down the street in Boulder, Colorado.

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Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 2.49.41 PMDon’t forget to check out some of the Amazing resources our friends at CU have developed. You can also reserve a time for the Science Discovery Team to visit your school.
Click on the link to the left to learn more.

For the NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) resources for elementary teachers you can click here.

Elementary STEM in St. Vrain

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For all of your STEM Questions & Needs visit the St. Vrain STEM Web Page or contact Becky Peters – Innovation Center Project Manager & District STEM Coordinator at peters_rebecca@svvsd.org or 720-494-3969.