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1943 Asylum Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06117
Phone: 860-929-5500
Fax: 860-236-2486

Kelly Brouse, Principal 

Curriculum Corner

Katie Feldman, Bugbee Curriculum Specialist

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Curriculum Update- 10/20/17

Curriculum Corner

Katie Feldman, Bugbee Curriculum Specialist


West Hartford Public Schools has begun a multi-year implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These standards, adopted by the state of Connecticut, are the backbone of our new science curriculum. During the 2017-2018 school year, our students in grades 2 and 3 will embark on this new science curriculum.

The NGSS calls for active science engagement in our classrooms through three dimensions including Cross Cutting Concepts (how students think), Science and Engineering Practices (what students do) and Disciplinary Core Ideas (what students know). The NGSS focus on deep understanding of content as well as the application of concepts in science. Written as performance expectations, our new standards closely align with the Common Core Curriculum, are integrated K-12, and prepare our students to make sense of the world around them.

Each unit of study is based on a story line (a phenomenon) that students can observe and to which they can easily relate. The lessons in the unit will help students discover and explain what is happening in the phenomenon. The 5 E Instructional Model, which is not new to West Hartford, will support our students as they Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate science.

In the classroom, you will notice that students will have the opportunity to explore and begin to construct their own understanding before learning the content. This inquiry based approach will foster rich conversations. Students will be engaged and excited about describing a phenomenon or solving a problem. Below you will see the units of study planned for our 2nd and 3rd graders this year. Implementation of the NGSS in Grades 1 and 4 will occur during the 2018-2019 school year, followed by implementation in Grades K and 5 during the 2019-2020 school year.

West Hartford’s 2017-2018 NGSS Implementation

Grade 2

Grade 3






Matter and Its Interactions

Structure and Properties of Matter


Movement and Interactions of Objects

Forces and property


Changes of the Land

Impact of Wind and Water


Similarities and Differences in Organisms

Plants and Animals


Ecosystem Dynamics: Animal / Plant Adaptation and Survival

Traits of organisms that support survival, habitat, seed dispersal and pollination


Survival of Organisms


Changes to Organisms’ Environment

Fossils, weather and climate

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