Elementary STEM


Sue Myette
Elementary STEM Curriculum Specialist
425-837- 7151

State Standards

What materials we use now:

  • A Closer Look—Macmillan/McGraw-Hill (K) 
  • Collecting and Examining Life—Science Companion  (1)
  • Magnets; Motion—Science Companion (1)
  • Habitats—National Geographic Learning (1)
  • Sun, Moon, and Stars —National Geographic Learning (1-2)
  • Forces and Motion —National Geographic Learning (2)
  • Organisms—Science & Technology Concepts (2)
  • Designing Hand Pollinators—Engineering is Elementary (2)
  • Rocks and Minerals– Science & Technology Concepts (3)
  • Weather—Science Companion (3)
  • Salmon—ISD (3)
  • Matter; Earth’s Changing Surfaces —Science Companion (4)
  • Earth in Space; Ecosystems— Science & Technology Concepts (4)
  • Water, Water Everywhere; A Slick Solution —Engineering is Elementary (4)
  • Physical Science; Life Science —National Geographic Learning (5)
  • Experiments with Plants; Motion and Design — Science & Technology Concepts (5)
  • Designing Alarm Circuits—Engineering is Elementary (5)

Adoption process and timeline

  • Elementary STEM curriculum parent input survey responses - November 2018
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  • Teacher adoption committee: Formed October 22, 2018
  • Teacher adoption committee meeting dates
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    • December 13, 2018 – Finalize charter; share district STEM vision and research; review NGSS and computer science standards and best instructional practices.
    • March 27, 2019 – Examine instructional materials evaluation tools; choose and/or modify a tool and calibrate its use.
    • April 2, 2019 – Evaluate instructional materials; identify any additional information needed.
    • May 14, 2019 – Community preview of curriculum resources selected for field test: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in Boardroom A.
    • June 6, 2019 – Review evaluation findings; make field testing decisions and plans, including data collection tools.
    • December 2019 – Review field test data and community input; agree on instructional materials recommendation.
    • February, 2020 – Plan for implementation. 
  • IMC review and decision: TBD 
  • ISD Board Review: TBD
  • Community review and input: TBD 


December 19, 2019

On December 19th, the Elementary STEM Adoption Committee made a consensus recommendation to adopt Amplify Science. If approved by the Instructional Materials Committee and the School Board, Amplify will replace our current elementary science curriculum, which is not aligned to Washington State Science Learning Standards (NGSS), beginning next fall. Committee members and field testers found that Amplify strongly supports NGSS standards through an inquiry-based learning model grounded in real-world phenomena. Other strengths include equity supports, integration opportunities, and usability. 

June 6, 2019

On June 6, the Elementary STEM Curriculum Adoption Committee reviewed and commented on drafts of computer science lessons to be integrated with the core science/engineering curriculum resources to be field tested in the fall. They also reviewed proposed field test logistics and recommended data collection strategies. Finally, the Committee identified professional development needs for teachers participating in the field test.

April 2, 2019

The Elementary STEM Curriculum Adoption Committee spent April 2 thoroughly and thoughtfully evaluating five sets of core curriculum resources using a detailed rubric based on previously identified, research-based selection criteria. After sharing findings across grade levels and weighing the strengths of each resource, the Committee selected two resources to move forward for field testing: Amplify Science and STEMscopes. Field tests will take place at each elementary school in fall, 2019.

March 27, 2019

On March 27, the Elementary STEM Curriculum Adoption Committee explored pedagogical shifts related to Washington State Science Learning Standards. The Committee then examined, and practiced using, a curriculum evaluation rubric linked to the selection criteria the Committee identified in its December meeting. Publisher representatives provided overviews of five curriculum resources most aligned with Committee criteria.

December 13, 2018

The Elementary STEM (science/technology/engineering/math) Curriculum Adoption Committee met for the first time on December 13, 2018. This committee will be recommending curriculum for implementation in the 2020-2021 school year. After reviewing the charter and establishing norms, the committee examined parent and teacher survey feedback, student achievement data, state standards in science/engineering and computer science, and instructional best practices. Based on those inputs, the team identified and prioritized curriculum selection criteria.