Science Department Goals 2010-2011
Science teachers will utilize a variety of techniques in instruction and assessment; including the interactive notebook, inquiry-based labs, and formative assessments; to ensure student understanding of key scientific concepts.
Formative Assessment Techniques
Eighth Grade Science
Eighth grade science is a laboratory-oriented course which integrates earth science, physics, chemistry, technology, and other core subjects, such as math and language arts. Emphasis is placed on fluency in applying problem-solving and critical thinking skills to laboratory experiences as well as application to the real world.
Eighth grade science is designed to challenge students to:
Expand on prior knowledge;
Formulate original hypotheses and conclusions;
Improve decision-making skills;
Expand their view of science and how it applies to other disciplines; and
- Become independent thinkers.
The eighth grade science course is based primarily on earth science. Merrill Earth Science, published by Glencoe is the basic textbook used. Supplementary materials include the Science and Technology Videodisc Series and other related CD-ROM and laserdisc programs.
Seventh Grade Science
Seventh grade science is a laboratory-oriented course which integrates life and physical science, health, technology, and other core subjects, such as math and language arts. Emphasis is placed on problem-solving and critical thinking skills in laboratory experiences, including correctly implementing the steps of the Scientific Method.
Seventh grade science is designed to:
- Improve the student's observation and perception skills;
- Encourage scientific curiosity;
- Increase communication skills;
- Emphasize analysis and evaluation, creative thinking, critical thinking, logic, and problem-solving;
- Aid students in the organization, display, and dissemination of data; and
- Expose students to careers in science
The seventh grade science course is based primarily on life science. Science Insights: Exploring Living Things, published by Addison Wesley, is the basic textbook used. Supplementary materials include:
Science laserdiscs published by Optical Data Corporation;
Health for Life published by Scott Foresman;
"Growing up Drug-Free," a pamphlet published by Scott Foresman;
"Human Sexuality: A Responsible Approach," a pamphlet published by Scott Foresman; and
Related CD-ROMs, such as the A.D.A.M. series, and laserdiscs.