Learning to ask questions about the world around them, working with data, and having a solid understanding of the major areas of science, will open up opportunities for education and jobs in more areas than any other subject. We have to make sure our students are prepared to take advantage of those opportunities.
Science is also the only way we have to both think, and check our thinking, about how the world works. As such, the amount of time allocated to science has been increasing.
Our science class is challenging. So long as students come ready to work hard and think critically, they can be successful.
Our science curriculum is organized around 3 themes: systems, inquiry, and application. The intention of the systems theme is to show students how ideas and objects are related to one another. The intention of the inquiry theme is to understand how to gather information and evaluate the probability that it is true. The intention of the applications theme is to help students see the many ways that scientists use one investigation to plan another investigation, and to understand how science is used to solve problems in the real world through technology.
The science curriculum is very broad, reaching all the way from biology to astronomy. Each concept is taught in three parts. First, we build background knowledge through visuals, videos, texts, and demonstrations. Second, we do investigations. And third, we work through critical thinking problems.
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