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SOLID Start Curriculum Materials

As part of the SOLID Start project, we have developed NGSS and CCSS-ELA aligned curriculum materials. Each unit is guided by a driving question and puzzling phenomena that engage young students and elicit their natural curiosities. The units are designed to support young students’ science learning and oral language and literacy development. We have completed all units in each grade. We also provide suggested modifications to the units so they can be taught in a virtual distance learning environment.

Please check back regularly for updated versions of the curriculum materials, as we continue to edit current units.

Kindergarten Sample Scope and Sequence

Unit NamePuzzling PhenomenaDriving QuestionNGSS Performance Expectations
Weather Forecasting*Photos of different weather conditions.How can we prepare for changing weather conditions in [your location] over time?K-ESS2-1
K-ESS3-2
Playground Engineering*Sometimes when it is very sunny outside, the playground equipment can get really hot and uncomfortable to play onHow can we make our playground more comfortable to play on when it is very sunny?K-PS3-1
K-PS3-2
K-2-ETS1-1
K-2-ETS1-2
K-2-ETS1-3
Boxcar Challenge*Soapbox Derby Races: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j37meEX4rqkHow can we make things move fast, far, and turn?K-PS2-1
K-PS2-2
K-2-ETS1-1
K-2-ETS1-2
K-2-ETS1-3
Ever-Changing Environments*Photos of ants, beavers, plants, and humans changing their environmentsWhy do animals and plants change their environments?K-ESS2-2
K-ESS3-1
K-ESS3-3
K-LS1-1
*Unit includes suggested modifications for teaching in a virtual distance learning environment.

1st Grade Sample Scope and Sequence

Unit NamePuzzling PhenomenaDriving QuestionNGSS Performance Expectations
Sky Patterns*Across a day and throughout a year, we see the sun, moon, and stars in different parts of the sky.Where do the sun, moon, and stars appear in the sky over time?1-ESS1-1
1-ESS1-2
Reading Under Cover*Photo of a child with a book under the coversHow can I read under the covers when it’s dark?1-PS4-2
1-PS4-3
Feel the Music*Sometimes we can feel music with our bodiesWhy can our bodies feel music?1-PS4-1
1-PS4-4
K-2-ETS1-1
K-2-ETS1-2
K-2-ETS1-3
Quest for Survival*Photos of animals and plants with unique traits (e.g., camouflaged seahorse using tail to attach to coral) How do parents and offspring use their bodies and behaviors to survive?1-LS1-1
1-LS1-2
1-LS3-1
K-2-ETS1-1
K-2-ETS1-2
*Unit includes suggested modifications for teaching in a virtual distance learning environment.

2nd Grade Sample Scope and Sequence

Unit NamePuzzling PhenomenaDriving QuestionNGSS Performance Expectations
Disappearing Dunes*Photos of a sand dune in Michigan in 2010 and 2019How does our earth change over time?2-ESS1-1
2-ESS2-1
2-ESS2-2
K-2-ETS1-1
K-2-ETS1-2
K-2-ETS1-3
Engineering Toys*Toys and other items polluting the ocean: Video about How much plastic is in the ocean?How can we make toys from recycled or reused materials?2-PS1-1
2-PS1-2
2-PS1-3
2-PS1-4
K-2-ETS1-1
K-2-ETS1-2
K-2-ETS1-3
You Live Where, Polar Bear?*
Polar Bears living in the arctic habitatWhy don’t polar bears live near us?2-LS4-1
2-ESS2-3
Puzzling Plants*Photos of plants sprouting in unexpected locationsHow is that growing there?!2-LS2-1
2-LS2-2
*Unit includes suggested modifications for teaching in a virtual distance learning environment.
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