Science Standards

Outdoor experiential education adventures for all ages

Meeting the Science Standards!

The Mount Hermon Outdoor Science School utilizes the vehicle of experiential education to model our objectives and communicate science literacy to all students. We aim that every student goes home with a greater appreciation of our objectives: respect for others, stewardship actions, self confidence and teamwork, and wonder of nature.

Our curriculum is designed to meet many of the Next Generation Science Standards for grades 5–8. We have produced an excellent workbook that is given to every student and each teacher who participates in our program. In all of our classes we encourage critical thinking, experimentation and asking questions.

Science standards that our program aims to meet for the 5th grade are as follows:

Disciplinary Core Ideas

  • LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms
  • LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
  • LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems
  • ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes
  • ESS1.A: The Universe and its Stars
  • ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System
  • ESS2.A Earth Materials and Systems
  • ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
  • PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
  • PS2.B: Types of Interactions
  • PS3.D: Energy in Chemical Processes and Everyday Life

Energy

  • 5-PS3-1

From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

  • 5-LS1-1

Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

  • 5-LS2-1

Earth’s Place in the Universe

  • 5-ESS1-1
  • 5-ESS1-2

Earth’s Systems

  • 5-ESS2-1
  • 5-ESS2-2

Earth and Human Activity

  • 5-ESS3-1

Matter and Its Interactions

  • 5-PS1-1

Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

  • 5-PS2-1

Science standards that our program aims to meet for the 6th grade are as follows: 

Disciplinary Core Ideas

  • LS1.A: Structure and Function
  • LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms 
  • LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits
  • ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes
  • ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems

From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

  • MS-LS1-1
  • MS-LS1-4
  • MS-LS1-5

Earth’s Systems

  • MS-ESS2-4

Earth and Human Activity

  • MS-ESS3-3