“The overarching goal of our framework for K-12 science education is to ensure that by the end of 12th grade, all students have some appreciation of the beauty and wonder of science; possess sufficient knowledge of science and engineering to engage in public discussions on related issues; are careful consumers of scientific and technological information related to their everyday lives; are able to continue to learn about science outside school; and have the skills to enter careers of their choice, including (but not limited to) careers in science, engineering, and technology” (NRC, 2012).
SPS Secondary Science is taught through project based learning units. Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students work throughout a unit to investigate and respond to an engaging and meaningful question, problem, or challenge. Students gain knowledge and skills as they research, problem solve, make decisions, use feedback, and present about their project.
Individual science lessons and activities are taught using the 5E learning cycle.
The 5E learning cycle allows students to develop an understanding through engagement and exploration. These experiences allow students to understand the concept, even define it, before a term is presented. This gives students the opportunity to "discover" the concepts on their own and experiences to connect the terms to once they are introduced. Students can then elaborate, or apply, the new concepts to related phenomena for a deeper understanding.
Secondary Science Goals:
- Science and Engineering Practices: Embed more opportunities for analyzing real world data into science curriculum and find ways to share resources.
- Science and Engineering Practices: Embed more inquiry labs into the curriculum.
- Scientific Literacy: Improve students ability to read science informational text.
Science Course Flow Chart