Elementary Science

General Information

Issaquah School District has adopted Amplify Science as our elementary science curriculum, beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. Amplify was collaboratively developed by the University of California, Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science and instructional technology experts at Amplify. 

Amplify Science was designed from the ground up to meet the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which were adopted in 2013 as the Washington State Science Learning Standards. These standards outline what students at each grade level should know and be able to do. Each standard integrates a science or engineering practice, a core disciplinary idea, and a crosscutting concept. 

In each Amplify Science unit, students are asked to inhabit the role of a scientist or engineer in order to figure out scientific phenomena through a 21st-century, real-world problem context. Over the course of the unit, students collect and make sense of evidence from multiple sources and through a variety of modalities, ensuring that they have multiple vehicles through which to develop and articulate their understanding of each phenomenon. As the class progresses through their lessons, students move back and forth from firsthand investigation and inquiry to secondhand analysis and synthesis, formulating an increasingly complex explanation of the problem at hand. Finally, at the end of the unit, students are presented with a brand-new context to consider, giving them an opportunity to take what they’ve learned over the course of the unit thus far and apply it to this new context, thereby demonstrating a deep understanding of the phenomenon.

Elementary Science Units

  • Kindergarten: Needs of Plants and Animals; Pushes and Pulls; Sunlight and Weather
  • First Grade: Animal and Plant Defenses; Light and Sound; Spinning Earth
  • Second Grade: Plant and Animal Relationships; Properties of Materials; Changing Landforms
  • Third Grade: Balancing Forces; Inheritance and Traits; Environments and Survival; Weather and Climate
  • Fourth Grade: Energy Conversions; Vision and Light; Earth’s Features; Waves, Energy, and Information
  • Fifth Grade: Patterns of Earth and Sky; Modeling Matter; The Earth’s System; Ecosystem Restoration


Contact your student's classroom teacher or Curriculum Specialist Sue Myette by e-mail at myettes@issaquah.wednet.edu.