The Skinner West Science Department believes in the power of science education to inspire children and transform their lives. We strive to use an inquiry-based model of teaching and learning. This means that, as much as possible, we will have the students actually BE scientists in the classroom.
For the 2015-2016 school year, we will be implementing the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). You can read about the new standards here. The NGSS define new performance expectations for students that include three different dimensions of science learning: 1) Science and Engineering Practices, 2) Disciplinary Core Ideas, and 3) Crosscutting Concepts.
We have created a timetable that shows which performance expectations we will be focusing on during each marking period for the 2015-2016 School Year. Please note that this timetable may change as the year progresses. You can access the timetable here.
Each spring, students in grades 1, 3, and 5 participate in either the Primary and Intermediate Science Fair or the Invention Convention. Our Science Fair isn't just a display of interesting models; it is an exhibition showcasing the real scientific inquiry skills our student-scientists use to answer questions about the world.
Our science inquiry curriculum is supplemented by the textbook series Science: A Closer Look, published by Macmillan-McGraw-Hill. This series provides students with a rigorous background in science content, coupled with structured, guided, and open-inquiry activities. Please click the link below to view this textbook's correlations with NGSS.