5.16 Science Curriculum Improvement Study (SCIS/SCIS II/SCIIS/ SCIS 3), Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (510) 642-8718; Fax: (510) 642-1055

In all stages of its existence, SCIS has focused on the concepts and processes of science for grades K-6. Investigations build from the exploration of materials, through the interpretation of information, to the application of knowledge and skills to new situations. The project was funded by the National Science Foundation in the late 1960s. Both its first and third versions were published by Rand McNally. The second version, SCIS II, was distributed by American Science and Engineering. SCIS 3, developed by Delta Education and two members of the original SCIS team, consists of 13 units: a kindergarten unit and 2 sequences of 6 units each in physical-earth science and life-environmental science for grades 1-6. Following are the titles produced in the 4 SCIS versions:

SCIS

Beginnings (Grades K-l)

Communities (Grade 5)

Ecosystems (Grade 6)

Energy Sources (Grade 5)

Environments (Grade 4)

Interaction and Systems (Grade 2)

Life Cycles (Grade 2)

Material Objects (Grade 1)

Models: Electric and Magnetic Interactions (Grade 6)

Organisms (Grade 1)

Populations (Grade 3)

Relative Position and Motion (Grade 4)

Subsystems and Variables (Grade 3)

SCIS II

Communities (Grade 5)

Ecosystems (Grade 6)

Energy Sources (Grade 5)

Environments (Grade 4)

Interaction and Systems (Grade 2)

Life Cycles (Grade 2)

Material Objects (Grade 1)

Measurement, Motion and Change (Grade 4)

Modeling Systems (Grade 6)

Organisms (Grade 1)

Populations (Grade 3)

Subsystems and Variables (Grade 3)

SCIIS/85

Beginnings (Grades K-1)

Communities (Grade 5)

Ecosystems (Grade 6)

Energy Sources (Grade 5)

Environments (Grade 4)

Interaction and Systems (Grade 2)

Life Cycles (Grade 2)

Material Objects (Grade 1)

Scientific Theories (Grade 6)

Organisms (Grade 1)

Populations (Grade 3)

Relative Position and Motion (Grade 4)

Subsystems and Variables (Grade 3)

SCIS 3

Beginnings (Grade K)

Communities (Grade 5)

Ecosystems (Grade 6)

Energy Sources (Grade 5)

Environments (Grade 4)

Interaction and Systems (Grade 2)

Life Cycles (Grade 2)

Material Objects (Grade 1)

Organisms (Grade 1)

Populations (Grade 3)

Relative Position and Motion (Grade 4)

Scientific Theories (Grade 6)

Subsystems and Variables (Grade 3)

5.17 Unified Science and Mathematics for Elementary Schools (USMES), Education Development Center, 55 Chapel St., Newton, MA 02160 (617) 969-7100; Fax: (617) 965-6325

Inactive. Some original materials have been reissued on Science Helper K-8 (see 7.27); all are available from the ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education (see 10.41).

USMES is a series of 23 guides published in the early 1970s for use in grades K through 8. The units focus on long-range investigations of real and practical problems geared to the local environment. Each unit consists of an opening challenge out of which students create their own investigations, honing their problem-solving skills and acquiring an understanding of major concepts. The USMES project includes activity cards and background papers, as well as the guides. Funding was provided by the National Science Foundation. The USMES units are as follows:

Advertising (Grades 4-8)

Bicycle Transportation (Grades 4-8)

Burglar Alarm Design (Grades 3-8)

Classroom Design (Grades 1-8)

Classroom Management (Grades 1-6)

Consumer Research-Product Testing (Grades 1-8)

Describing People (Grades 1-8)

Designing for Human Proportions (Grades 3-8)

Dice Design (Grades 1-8)

Electromagnet Device Design (Grades 3-8)

Growing Plants (Grades 2-6)

Lunch Lines (Grades 1-8)

Manufacturing (Grades 4-8)

Orientation (Grades 2-8)

Pedestrian Crossings (Grades 2-6)

Play Area Design and Use (Grades 1-8)

School Zoo (Grades K-7)

Soft Drink Design (Grades 1-8)

Traffic Flow (Grades 1-8)

USMES Design Lab Manual (Grades K-8)

The USMES Guide (Grades K-8)

Ways to Learn/Teach (Grades 2-8)

Weather Predictions (Grades 2-8)



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