Thanks to ongoing research in the field, our understanding of how children learn continues to evolve. In the subject area of science, students benefit from both reading about concepts and ideas, and from hands-on experiences.

Following the release of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the Core Knowledge Foundation updated and enhanced the science portion of the 2010 Core Knowledge Sequence. The result is the revised 2019 Core Knowledge Science Sequence and the comprehensive Core Knowledge Science (CKSci) curriculum.

While there have been some shifts in the grade levels at which certain topics are recommended, the fundamental principles of pedagogy inherent to the Core Knowledge approach, such as the importance of building a sequential, coherent and cumulative knowledge base, have been retained.

Correlation Between the 2010 Sequence and CKSci

Use the interactive chart below to explore connections between 2010 Sequence topics and CKSci for grades 3–5.

Hover over, or select, a topic (e.g., Sound) and lines will appear illustrating where Sound is addressed in the CKSci program.  As you explore, you will notice that some topics from the 2010 Sequence moved to different grade levels and/or are addressed at multiple grade levels in CKSci.

2010 Sequence Topics

CK Science Units

Detailed Correlations Between the 2010 Sequence and CKSci

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