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Elementary STEM


Sue Myette
Elementary STEM Curriculum Specialist
425-837- 7151

State Standards

What materials we use now:

  • A Closer Look—Macmillan/McGraw-Hill (K) 
  • Collecting and Examining Life—Science Companion  (1)
  • Magnets; Motion—Science Companion (1)
  • Habitats—National Geographic Learning (1)
  • Sun, Moon, and Stars —National Geographic Learning (1-2)
  • Forces and Motion —National Geographic Learning (2)
  • Organisms—Science & Technology Concepts (2)
  • Designing Hand Pollinators—Engineering is Elementary (2)
  • Rocks and Minerals– Science & Technology Concepts (3)
  • Weather—Science Companion (3)
  • Salmon—ISD (3)
  • Matter; Earth’s Changing Surfaces —Science Companion (4)
  • Earth in Space; Ecosystems— Science & Technology Concepts (4)
  • Water, Water Everywhere; A Slick Solution —Engineering is Elementary (4)
  • Physical Science; Life Science —National Geographic Learning (5)
  • Experiments with Plants; Motion and Design — Science & Technology Concepts (5)
  • Designing Alarm Circuits—Engineering is Elementary (5)

Adoption process and timeline

  • Elementary STEM curriculum parent input survey responses - November 2018
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  • Teacher adoption committee: Formed October 22, 2018
  • Teacher adoption committee meeting dates
    Each meeting date includes its planned main agenda item(s), then links to the specific meeting summary when available
    • December 13, 2018 – Finalize charter; share district STEM vision and research; review NGSS and computer science standards and best instructional practices.
    • March 27, 2019 – Examine instructional materials evaluation tools; choose and/or modify a tool and calibrate its use.
    • April 2, 2019 – Evaluate instructional materials; identify any additional information needed.
    • June 6, 2019 – Review evaluation findings; make field testing decisions and plans, including data collection tools.
    • December 2019 – Review field test data and community input; agree on instructional materials recommendation.
    • February, 2020 – Plan for implementation. 
  • IMC review and decision: TBD 
  • ISD Board Review: TBD
  • Community review and input: TBD 


December 13, 2018

The Elementary STEM (science/technology/engineering/math) Curriculum Adoption Committee met for the first time on December 13, 2018. This committee will be recommending curriculum for implementation in the 2020-2021 school year. After reviewing the charter and establishing norms, the committee examined parent and teacher survey feedback, student achievement data, state standards in science/engineering and computer science, and instructional best practices. Based on those inputs, the team identified and prioritized curriculum selection criteria.