Sakai students releasing salmon


  • Welcome to the science curriculum page! This page provides an over view of the K-12 curricula currently being taught in our district.

    In 2013, the State of Washington adopted the Next Generation Science Standards, which provide internationally benchmarked, core ideas in science content. NGSS describe for K-12 grades what each student should know in the four domains of science: physical science; life science; earth and space science; and engineering, technology and science application. These standards are integral to the development and implementation of science teaching in our district.

    Core Adopted Materials for K-5 

    (K-5 teachers, when signed in to your Google account access K-5 Online Curricula here: BISD K-5 Science)

    • Kindergarten
      • Physical — STEM curriculum: Exploring Design; Science Force Olympics; Makedo construction and invention
      • Life — Trees & Weather
      • Earth — Trees & Weather
    • 1st grade
      • Physical — STEM curriculum: Sound; Light; Squishy Circuits
      • Life — Plants & Animals
      • Earth — Patterns in The Sky
    • 2nd grade
      • Physical — Matter and Its Interactions
      • Life —  Investigating Plants and Marine Science (2 units)
      • Earth — STEM curriculum: Work of Water; Engineering is Elementary; Maker Studio
    • 3rd grade
      • Physical — STEM curriculum: Invisible Forces; Earthquake Resistant Building Design; Bristle Bots
      • Life — Living Things: Past to Present & Wings at Work (2 units)
      • Earth — Weather & Climate
    • 4th grade
      • Physical — STEM curriculum: Energizing everything; LittleBits; Makey Makey
      • Life — Human Machine & Endangered Orcas (2 units)
      • Earth — Forces that Change the Land
    • 5th grade
      • Physical — Properties of Matter and their Interactions
      • Life — Environments
      • Earth — Astronomy

    Core Adopted Materials for Middle School (6th through 8th grade):  Science, Technology, Children/Middle School (STC/MS), Science Education for Public Understanding (SEPUP),  Science and Life Issues (SALI). Curricular Design follows the guidelines of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) produced by the National Academy of Sciences.

    • 6th grade

    Physical Science:

      • Introduction to Laboratory Science
      • Introduction to Matter
      • Introduction to Energy with a Focus on Wave Energy
      •  Interactions Between Matter and Energy
      • Robotics

    Life Science:

      • Human Growth and Development

    • 7th grade
      • Engineering - Project Lead The Way: Design and Modeling
      • Earth and Space — Weather, Water and the Atmosphere, Geologic History of Earth, Earth Processes, Human Activities and Earth’s Environment, Solar System, Earth-Sun-Moon System
    • 8th grade
      • Life — Cell Biology, Genetics, Health and Body Systems, Evolution

    Core Adopted Materials for High School (9th through 12th Grade):








    Biology is a broad study of living organisms that will address topics ranging from ecology, cells, biochemistry, genetics, evolution and human systems. The course will include laboratory based activities that emphasize the analysis and interpretation of data, constructing explanations, and designing solutions with an engineering focus. This course includes the dissection of preserved specimens, opportunities for evaluating and communicating scientific information and discussion based inquiry analysis.


    Miller and Levine

    (Parrot Book)

    ISBN-13:  978-0-13-366951-0





    The ideas of physics are presented conceptually through lecture, discussion, and hands-on lab activities. This class will include various projects utilizing the engineering design process, and inquiry activities. Math is used as a tool to enhance the conceptual understanding of physics. The study of mechanics is thoroughly investigated and includes topics such as kinematics, Newton’s laws, momentum, energy, projectile motion and satellite motion. Additional topics may include wave motion, light, and sound.

    Pearson Physics by Walker, Pearson Publisher, ISBN-13:978-0-13-137115-6




    Chemistry is a course stressing the general concepts of chemistry with emphasis upon problem solving and experimentation. Unifying principles are developed, with the laboratory work providing the basis for the development. The experimental theme is used to develop the mathematical relationships. The need to memorize innumerable facts is minimized and the course relies heavily on the student's ability to apply his/her observations and mathematical derivations in a wide range of practical and classical problem-solving examples. Chemistry is highly recommended for those students who intend to major in the engineering, biological and chemical sciences.

    Pearson Chemistry.  Wilbraham, Staley, Matta, Waterman


    ISBN-13: 978-0-13-252576-3




    Marine Science


    The world’s oceans are strikingly beautiful, filled with amazing life and increasingly threatened. Marine Science is a course for students who want to devote one sixth of their class schedule to understanding this largest habitat on earth, and to putting personal energy into shaping our human impacts on the seas. All students will design and build, with a partner, an underwater robot capable of maneuvering to depths of 15 to 20 feet and bringing back video images of underwater realms. Students will design and carry out field research projects on Bainbridge Island’s vital shorelines. Class members are encouraged to apply their personal interests in art, photography, writing, reading, exploring, fishing, cooking and music to their work in this class, as they become Students of the Ocean.

    Introduction to Marine Biology, Karleskint, Turner, & Small: 1133364462 

    11-12 Prerequisites

    University of Washington in the High School
    UWHS: Ocean 101


    This course is a college level introduction to oceanography. Major topics studied include geography and geology of the ocean basins, seawater chemistry, movements of ocean water such as waves, tides and currents, coastal processes, marine communities, marine organisms and marine resources. We will study the global climate system and factors controlling its present state, including the global energy balance, the greenhouse effect, the role of the oceans and ice, and the carbon cycle. Oceanography is interdisciplinary, linking together many different concepts that help us understand natural phenomenon we see in our everyday life.


    Essentials of Oceanography, Trujillo & Thurman: 0133096777


    Forensic Science


    The Forensic Science course introduces students to some of the specialized fields of forensic science. It is a lab-based course involved in the application of scientific methods and technology to the analysis of crime scene evidence. The course will focus on crime scene investigation, lab analysis techniques (e.g., analysis of fiber, blood, hair, glass; DNA, questioned documents, prints; facial reconstruction; crime scene reconstruction) and recording and presenting data at a mock final inquest. Mock crime scenes will be investigated and real case studies analyzed. Students are required to supply their own gloves.


    Forensic Science: Fundamentals and Investigations, Anthony J. Brown: 0538445866




    Forensic Science: Advanced Investigations, 1st, Brown and Davenport: 0538450894


    11/12 Prerequisites

    AP Chemistry


    The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the full-year general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. The course focuses on a model of instruction which promotes enduring, conceptual understandings and the content that supports them. Students will practice and master solving complex problems to apply these concepts. This approach enables students to develop the reasoning skills necessary to engage in the science practices used throughout their study of AP Chemistry.

    The course content is organized around the big ideas of chemistry. It builds on the knowledge of atomic theory, chemical reactions, and the quantitative aspects of chemistry presented in the first year. The course introduces the study of chemical kinetics, applications of the laws of thermodynamics to chemical reactions, and equilibrium to expand students’ understanding of the forces that govern chemical reactions.


    Chemistry, The Central Science, 13th edition  and


    Foundations of Chemistry - Applying POGIL Principals, 4th edition

    (approved 2014)

    11/12 Prerequisites

    AP Biology


    Advanced Placement Biology is rigorous and demanding course, equivalent to an introductory two-semester college biology course. It designed to follow successful completion of Biology and Chemistry. The new AP Biology curriculum encompasses four big ideas: Evolution, Cellular Processes, Genetics and Information Transfer, and Interactions. A significant amount of studying must be completed at home to allow time for discussion, labs, and inquiry during class. The course will include the thirteen labs activities required by the College Board plus supplemental labs as necessary.


    Campbell Biology in Focus, 1st edition, 2014

    (approved 2014)

    11/12 Prerequisites

    AP Physics C


    Advanced Placement Physics C is designed to be equivalent to a one year college physics course that serves as the foundation in physics for students majoring in the physical sciences or engineering. The course utilizes guided inquiry and student-centered learning to foster the development of critical thinking skills. Introductory differential and integral calculus will be use throughout the course. Students are not required to have taken calculus but calculus will be introduced as needed with the physics. The first semester will cover topics in kinematics, Newton’s laws of motion, work, energy, power, momentum, circular motion and rotation, and oscillations and gravitation. The second semester will cover topics in electrostatics, electric circuits, magnetic fields and electromagnetism. 

    Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach with Modern Physics, 3rd edition 2013 by Knight

    (Approved 2013)


    AP Environmental Science


    Advanced Placement Environmental Science is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Environmental science is interdisciplinary; it embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study. Yet there are several major unifying constructs, or themes that cut across the many topics included in the study of environmental science.


    Environment:  The Science Behind the Stories

    (approved 2014)