Science and Health Curriculum

The Urbandale Community School District encourages all students to value science and health. All students will develop and apply knowledge of scientific and wellness concepts to reason, think creatively, make decisions, and solve problems. Through active participation, students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to function effectively in society as lifelong learners. The UCSD Science curriculum includes concepts and skills in life science, earth and space science, physical science, and health. Students use inquiry to understand and learn science concepts and skills. UCSD Science is aligned with Iowa Core Science.

What Urbandale Educators Are Saying

“One of the most profound professional insights I gained was when I asked myself what my personal aim and purpose were for teaching. My personal mission is to help students learn and for them to understand that I am on their team and rooting for them. I believe having students actively engaged in their learning and having a voice in how they learn are fundamental for their success.” – Katie Bunce, Biology Teacher, Urbandale High School.

“Science is the hook for many young learners and in Urbandale, Science is highly valued. Curiosity and the desire to know more is encouraged and cultivated. Our students get to solve real-life problems and have fun at it! We approach science using the inquiry model and scientific method, thus students learn the process of questioning, predicting, recording data, communicating results and collaborative work. Urbandale students are involved in science throughout their day and in every aspect of the curriculum. ‘Never stop asking good questions’ is our theme!” – Patty Alexander, First Grade Teacher, Olmsted Elementary

“The greatest inspiration I receive in teaching science is when students make connections from what they are learning in science to the real world. When they can connect what we are studying to something currently happening in the world is amazing for them. Whether it be a geological feature of the Earth,a natural disaster, a technological or medical advancement, or an astronomical event, students see the importance of what they are learning. The Earth is becoming a smaller place with more and more people and technology. In the 21st century, being able to have a global awareness of science is crucial to students. I encourage my students to use their interests, passion, and enthusiasm in science to create a learning environment that will allow them to get the most out of their education. Guiding them to make those connections is what teaching is all about and why I love to be a teacher.” – Steve Mefford, Eighth Grade Science Teacher, Urbandale Middle School

UCSD Board-Approved Curriculum

Detailed curriculum information by grade level is provided below. Click on each section to view the associated curriculum PDFs.


Learn More

Iowa Core Science
Inquiry in the Classroom–National Science Teachers Association
BAM! Body and Mind (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) – BAM! Body and Mind is an online destination for kids created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Designed for kids 9-13 years old, BAM! gives you the information you need to make healthy lifestyle choices. The site focuses on topics that kids told us are important to them—such as stress and physical fitness—using kid-friendly lingo, games, quizzes, and other interactive features.
Teaching and Learning Strategies – On this site you will find information on some of the best researched and the most widely implemented methods of helping all students to learn more successfully.