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Science in Utah

Our elementary science curriculum is built on the
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When the Mormons first settled in Utah in 1847, it was an unusual choice of location. The land was not a promising source of farmland or timber. Nevertheless, they chose a spot at the foot of the Wasatch Mountain Range and began building a city. Though the location required a lot of work and irrigation in order to farm, it was remote enough from other settlements to make the persecuted community feel secure.

Utah’s science standards in the primary grades call for students to observe and study characteristics of rocks, natural sources of water, and the effects of wind and water on nonliving things. To meet Life Science standards, students consider how animals and plants use nonliving things to meet their needs. Utah provides a wonderful natural laboratory for exploring all of these concepts. Get your students outside to look for rocks. Compare and record their differing characteristics. Find sources of water and signs of life. What types of plants and animals live in the school habitat? How do they meet their needs? How is water collected and kept for human use? Finally, look for signs of erosion and weathering on the rocks, earth, and buildings. Utah’s outdoors provide a wonderful laboratory for your students’ investigations!