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.
K-8 SCIENCE IN LOS GATOS
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.
- Core: Delta Education, FOSS CA, 2007
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K-5 Key Concepts & Vocabulary
Select a link to view the key concepts and vocabulary for each FOSS unit.
|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
Unit-by-Unit pdf files:
|Unit 1||Unit 4||Glossary
|Unit 2||Unit 5||Index
|Unit 3||Unit 6
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|
- Biomes of the World
Learn about the world's aquatic and terrestrial biomes
- National Geographic Animals
Research facts about animals
- Bill Nye Home Demonstrations
Explore science experiment demonstrations in the life, physical and earth sciences.
- Astronomy Picture of the Day
Each day a different image or photograph of our universe.
- Cells Alive
Explore plant, animal and bacteria cell models.
- Elements and Periodic Table
Learn all about the elements and Periodic Table.
- Encyclopedia of Life
A collaborative, ongoing effort to organize information about all the species on earth.
- Forces of Nature
Environment Home, Energy, Freshwater, Global Warming, Habitats, Natural Disaster, The Ocean, Green Guide.
- Periodic Table
A visual interpretation of the Periodic Table of the Elements.
- Metals, Non-metals, and Metalloids: A guide to the Periodic Table
- Planetary Photo Journal
Visit the JPL library of planetary photos.
- Solar System Trading Cards
Collect all 12!
- The Eight Planets
A comprehensive information site feature the planets
- Heat Transfer - WISC-Online
Learn about radiation, conduction and convection
- Explore Learning Gizmos Online math and science simulations
- Newton's Laws
Explore Sir Issac Newton's Laws of Physics
- Recent Earthquakes
USGS records recent earthquakes
- Cow's Eye Dissection
Watch online to learn more about eyes or do your own dissection.
- The Endangered Species Act
Read about federal efforts to ensure biodiversity
- Staying Healthy: The Science Behind Germs (fact sheet)
- HubbleSite - Photos from the Hubble telescope
- California Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Lab PhotoJournal
View images of the planets and the universe