Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

The Science/Health Program of the schools of the Diocese of Ogdensburg is  based on the National Common Core Standards.   The standards are correlated with the Common Core ELA and Math Standards  when applicable.  As with all of our  educational programs, all instruction is centered in our Catholic Faith  foundation.  Science and Health are often  integrated in the Religion, Literacy, Math and Physical Education program at  the primary level of instruction while maintain some independent experiences as  well.

The content of kindergarten  science is centered around the following Common Core domains: Organisms and Their  Environment

  • use observations and information to  classify living things as plants or animals based on what they need to survive
  • use observations to describe how  plants and animals depend on the air, land and water where they live to meet  their needs, and they in turn can change their environment
  • use observations and information to  identify patterns of how animals get their food
  • provide evidence that humans’ uses of  natural resources can affect the world around them and share solutions that  reduce pollution by humans

Structure and  Properties of Matter

  • make observations that matter exists  as different materials which can be described and classified by their  observable properties and their uses
  • compare and share observations of  solids and liquids at room temperature
  • plan and carry out investigations to  test the idea that warming some materials causes them to change from solid to  liquid and cooling causes them to change from liquid to solid
  • distinguish between opinions and  evidence in determining whether objects in a given set occur naturally or are  manufactured
  • Ask questions and share information  about the natural materials from which human made products are built


  • carry out an investigation to  determine the effect of sunlight on natural materials on Earth’s surface
  • observe, record and share findings of  local weather over a period of time and seasons
  • develop, use and share  representations of weather conditions to describe changes over time and  identify patterns
  • analyze weather data to determine  that kinds of severe weather are more likely to occur than others in a local  region
  • ask questions and obtain information  on how forecasting of severe weather can keep us safe