Curriculum

Science

In keeping with our belief that Science is indispensable and important, Carden Academy seeks to foster in students a sense of wonder about the world and encourages a passion for Science with our unique outdoor learning experience in Pioneer Park, with activities such as our Spring Science Fair, in which the students present their projects and participate in special activities, and  by bringing S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) into the classroom.

Inquiry-Based Learning.   Science is taught at all grade levels by special subject teachers.  Our methodology and curriculum work to build a comprehensive foundation and a thorough understanding of scientific concepts from a young age with an inquiry-based approach that is aligned with current Science standards.  This incorporates the use of  S.T.E.A.M.  in our classes with collaborative, “real-world” problem solving that includes creating, applying and communicating ideas during hands-on investigations and with the use of  technology to fully prepare students for higher education and the modern workplace.  Students are engaged in hands-on experiments, data analysis, and content assessment for each unit of study to develop their interest, vocabulary, and understanding of Science.

Outdoor Learning Environment.   Students in Junior Primary through Fifth Grade participate in our Native Riparian Habitat Project and conduct hands-on experiments in our 3-acre nature preserve.  Students learn about land management, native and invasive plants and the life cycles of  organisms that inhabit our small creek, park, and butterfly garden.  In our year-round fruit and vegetable garden, students study soil composition, erosion, plant lifecycles, and more.  Important stewardship concepts are learned as students develop a life-long appreciation of nature’s bounty and beauty.

Junior Primary through Second Grade.  Students build their vocabulary and understanding of scientific concepts through observation, data recording, hands-on experiments, and written work.  Our outdoor classroom in Pioneer Park, which includes a riparian habitat and the Carden Garden, is utilized for many Life and Earth Science lessons.

Third through Fifth Grade.  The Full Option Science System (FOSS) curriculum is introduced to students. The objective of this inquiry-based science curriculum is to engage students in an active learning process that involves experimental design and investigations, engineering applications, data analyses and assessments.  Students test ideas and generate explanations as they explore scientific concepts.  This FOSS curriculum, which was developed at Cal Berkley by a team of scientists and educators, has proven a success in classrooms across the nation and here at Carden Academy.

FOSS Modules:

Third Grade

1.     Sun, Moon and Stars

2.     Matter and Energy

3.     Structures of Life

Fourth Grade

1.     Magnetism and Electricity

2.     Solid Earth

3.     Environments

Fifth Grade

1.     Mixtures and Solutions

2.     Living Systems

 

Sixth through Eighth Grade. The FOSS Middle School Program is utilized for Sixth through Eighth Grades.  The inquiry-based method is continued so that students are prepared to succeed with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) performance expectations with meaningful, active investigations.  Students design and conduct experiments, record and analyze data in comprehensive lab notebooks for each unit, and complete text reading for application and critical thinking of scientific concepts.  Technology is also utilized in our computer lab at this level to enhance lab experiences and data analysis.  In addition to lab assessments, students are formally tested with mid-summative and final exams.   Students are required to demonstrate their mastery of the scientific method with science projects at our annual Science Fair.

FOSS Modules

Sixth Grade

1.     Weather and Water

2.     Earth History (plate Tectonics, land formation and erosion)

3.     Population and ecosystems (part 1)

Seventh Grade

1.     Population and Ecosystems (part 2)

2.     Diversity of Life

3.     Human Brain and Senses

Eighth Grade

1.     Chemical Interactions

2.     Force and Motion

 

Science

In keeping with our belief that Science is indispensable and important, Carden Academy seeks to foster in students a sense of wonder about the world and encourages a passion for Science with our unique outdoor learning experience in Pioneer Park, with activities such as our Spring Science Fair, in which the students present their projects and participate in special activities, and  by bringing S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) into the classroom.

Inquiry-Based Learning.   Science is taught at all grade levels by special subject teachers.  Our methodology and curriculum work to build a comprehensive foundation and a thorough understanding of scientific concepts from a young age with an inquiry-based approach that is aligned with current Science standards.  This incorporates the use of  S.T.E.A.M.  in our classes with collaborative, “real-world” problem solving that includes creating, applying and communicating ideas during hands-on investigations and with the use of  technology to fully prepare students for higher education and the modern workplace.  Students are engaged in hands-on experiments, data analysis, and content assessment for each unit of study to develop their interest, vocabulary, and understanding of Science.

Outdoor Learning Environment.   Students in Junior Primary through Fifth Grade participate in our Native Riparian Habitat Project and conduct hands-on experiments in our 3-acre nature preserve.  Students learn about land management, native and invasive plants and the life cycles of  organisms that inhabit our small creek, park, and butterfly garden.  In our year-round fruit and vegetable garden, students study soil composition, erosion, plant lifecycles, and more.  Important stewardship concepts are learned as students develop a life-long appreciation of nature’s bounty and beauty.

Junior Primary through Second Grade.  Students build their vocabulary and understanding of scientific concepts through observation, data recording, hands-on experiments, and written work.  Our outdoor classroom in Pioneer Park, which includes a riparian habitat and the Carden Garden, is utilized for many Life and Earth Science lessons.

Third through Fifth Grade.  The Full Option Science System (FOSS) curriculum is introduced to students. The objective of this inquiry-based science curriculum is to engage students in an active learning process that involves experimental design and investigations, engineering applications, data analyses and assessments.  Students test ideas and generate explanations as they explore scientific concepts.  This FOSS curriculum, which was developed at Cal Berkley by a team of scientists and educators, has proven a success in classrooms across the nation and here at Carden Academy.

FOSS Modules:

Third Grade

1.     Sun, Moon and Stars

2.     Matter and Energy

3.     Structures of Life

Fourth Grade

1.     Magnetism and Electricity

2.     Solid Earth

3.     Environments

Fifth Grade

1.     Mixtures and Solutions

2.     Living Systems

 

Sixth through Eighth Grade. The FOSS Middle School Program is utilized for Sixth through Eighth Grades.  The inquiry-based method is continued so that students are prepared to succeed with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) performance expectations with meaningful, active investigations.  Students design and conduct experiments, record and analyze data in comprehensive lab notebooks for each unit, and complete text reading for application and critical thinking of scientific concepts.  Technology is also utilized in our computer lab at this level to enhance lab experiences and data analysis.  In addition to lab assessments, students are formally tested with mid-summative and final exams.   Students are required to demonstrate their mastery of the scientific method with science projects at our annual Science Fair.

FOSS Modules

Sixth Grade

1.     Weather and Water

2.     Earth History (plate Tectonics, land formation and erosion)

3.     Population and ecosystems (part 1)

Seventh Grade

1.     Population and Ecosystems (part 2)

2.     Diversity of Life

3.     Human Brain and Senses

Eighth Grade

1.     Chemical Interactions

2.     Force and Motion

 

Carden Academy
24741 Chrisanta Drive
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
phone: 949.458.1776
Carden Academy
24741 Chrisanta Drive
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
phone: 949.458.1776