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The Los Gatos Union School District science program develops students’ understanding, interest, and appreciation of the world in which we live. We are committed to providing students with meaningful science experiences through hands-on investigations and problem solving activities. 



The science concepts and skills that students learn build upon each other at every grade level.  Select a link to view alignment documents that show how our state science standards develop from kindergarten through eighth grade. 


K-5 Science Curriculum
  • Core: Delta Education, FOSS CA, 2007

K-5 Key Concepts & Vocabulary

Select a link to view the key concepts and vocabulary for each FOSS unit. 


  Life Earth Physical
Kinder Animals 2X2 Trees Wood & Paper
1st Plants & Animals Air & Weather Solids & Liquids
2nd Insects & Plants Pebbles, Sand, & Silt Balance & Motion
3rd Structures of Life Sun, Moon, & Stars Matter & Energy
4th Environments Solid Earth Magnetism & Electricity
5th Living Systems Water Planet Mixtures & Solutions


6th - 8th Science Curriculum

  • Core: CPO Series

6th Grade CPO Earth Science

Earth Science Student E-Book
This is a very large file – 18 MB

 7th Grade CPO - Life Science

Life Science Student E-Book – Textbook

Unit-by-Unit pdf files:

Unit 1 Unit 4 Glossary
Unit 2 Unit 5 Index
Unit 3 Unit 6
California Standards


8th Grade CPO Science - Physical Science

Chapter-by-Chapter pdf files:

Unit 1 Intro Unit 2 Intro Unit 3 Intro Unit 4 Intro
Chapter 1 Chapter 4 Chapter 6 Chapter 9
Chapter 2 Chapter 5 Chapter 7 Chapter 10
Chapter 3   Chapter 8 Chapter 11
Unit 5 Intro Unit 6 Intro
Chapter 12 Chapter 15
Chapter 13 Chapter 16
Chapter 14 Chapter 17

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First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Sixth Grade

Seventh Grade

  • Cells Alive
    Explore plant, animal and bacteria cell models.

Eighth Grade

  • Periodic Table
    A visual interpretation of the Periodic Table of the Elements