Hey, everyone! Due to state testing and wedding planning, I haven't been around much lately, but I have a curriculum question for you all. I'm especially curious about Missouri schools.... What does your science curriculum look like? Since this is the first year science has been tested during our state tests in fifth grade (at least in MO), my school has faced some interesting challenges. I am one of three science teachers for the fifth grade in my district. In my school, students do not have science until the fifth grade. Missouri GLEs require student knowledge of plants, animals, water cycle, food chains, simple machines, solar system, force and motion, circuits, and a few other topics. My school's curriculum for fifth grade only covers solar system, simple machines, force and motion, circuits, and matter and energy. Are you seeing our problem?? Our curriculum covers a small portion of what is tested by the state. Since students do not get science until fifth grade and our curriculum for fifth grade doesn't include all the topics, how do we successfully prepare our students for MAP testing?? Long story short: When do your elementary students begin learning science? Hmm....I guess this turned into a question attached to a vent. Sorry about that. It's just a frustrating situation.