MPS Science Curriculum

The MPS Science Curriculum is based upon the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards.  (see additional information about NGSS at the bottom of this page)

grade level

Grade K

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Grade 9




curriculum matrix / framework

curriculum time frame / maps

year at a glance

Mission Statement

Our mission is to engage all students in a challenging, sequential, and differentiated science curriculum that will develop critical thinkers, problem solvers, and effective communicators


In Middletown, the science program will:

  • Establish clear expectations which hold the learning community to high standards adhering to Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core English Language Arts and Mathematics Standards


  • Provide high quality instruction for students, using best practices, e.g.

    • Differentiate instruction by varying process and authentic products.

    • Encourage students to use multiple strategies to solve problems.

    • Drive instruction using common formative and summative assessments.

    • Utilize technology to enhance student learning and support effective teaching.


  • Engage all students in the three dimensions of science that includes  

  • Science and Engineering Practices:  

1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)

2. Developing and using models

3. Planning and carrying out investigations

4. Analyzing and interpreting data

5. Using mathematics and computational thinking

6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions

    (for engineering)

7. Engaging in argument from evidence

8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.

  • Cross Cutting Concepts:

1. Patterns.

2. Cause and effect

3. Scale, proportion, and quantity

4. Systems and system models

5. Energy and matter

6. Structure and function

7. Stability and change

  • Disciplinary Core Ideas grouped in four domains:

1.       Physical Sciences

2.       Life Sciences

3.       Earth and Space Sciences

4.       Engineering, Technology, and Application Science.


  • Provide students with the opportunities and resources to develop and master the science skills necessary to participate in a scientifically literate and technological society.

  • Support educator growth and professional development opportunities within the district, region, and national organizations.

NGSS Overview


NGSS Overview