Our Science department strives to have teachers develop effective hands-on inquiry that involves a series of steps that builds students’ investigative skills (i.e. observation, questioning, experimental design, data analysis, explanation, and reflection).
Teachers will integrate literacy and mathematical skills into the science curriculum. Money has been allocated for the purchase of equipment and materials necessary for the Science labs, including nonfiction materials to improve the Science classroom libraries and more Prentice Hall Science Explorer Series for classroom reference. With the implementation of New York City’s K-8 science core curriculum, teachers will also receive resources and lab kits to support each unit.
In collaboration with the Science teachers, we have created the following goals for this department:
- To provide inquiry-based science instruction in all classrooms in order to promote students’ understanding of intermediate level science content and process skills based on NYS standards.
- To increase test scores of the NYS Intermediate Level Science Test. Eighth-grade teachers will meet with the science coach to improve and develop lesson plans and practice sessions for the ILST. Teachers will also be provided with ILST review books for all students. Students enrolled in the Living Environment Regents course will also have test preparation programs and materials.
- To facilitate 5 periods of science instruction for each class. (The Medical House will have an additional period of science to accommodate the theme).Each unit will include scientific investigations, research, and lab reports. Unit assessments include universal assessments, evidence of the investigative process (science notebook, lab reports, project displays) as well as tests and quizzes.
- To participate in weekly grade planning meetings for unit and lesson planning based on NYS learning standards, developing and sharing inquiry-based activities, creating unit assessments and analyzing data to differentiate instruction.
- To acclimate the sixth-grade teachers to the new sixth-grade curriculum and related materials. Seventh and eighth-grade core curriculum will be implemented 2008-2009.
- To provide extensive hands-on experiences with scientific equipment and materials. The department will purchase appropriate materials and equipment each year, inventory lab room quarterly and communicate with the administration for needed equipment and materials.
- To improve the nonfiction reading and writing skills of all students. Teachers will incorporate the same nonfiction reading and writing strategies as literacy teachers into their science lessons to help support scientific reading and writing spanning from research, lab reports, current events, and exit projects.
- To integrate science exit project in grades 6, 7 and 8. Science Coach will help organize the project on each grade, have weekly meetings to develop a timeline and lessons to implement the project within the curriculum and develop an exit project binder with templates and rubrics for each grade.
- To invite environmental organizations, especially those who are already involved in the Integrated Inquiry Curriculum, to provide additional fieldwork experience for students.
- To continue student participation in the Junior Fellows Program at the NY Academy of Medicine and Maimonides Hospital to encourage the pursuit of medical and scientific careers, as well as reinforcement of the scientific inquiry process.