Each lesson in science will focus on several of the science and engineering practices, as described by the NGSS. Lessons will begin with an overview of the practice, examples of exceptional work, and time for reflection for personal growth.
1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering). 2. Developing and using models 3. Planning and carrying out investigations 4. Analyzing and interpreting data 5. Using mathematics and computational thinking 6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering). 7. Engaging in argument from evidence 8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
SCIENCE INQUIRY THEMES
Science themes illustrate how historical and cultural contexts influence science, and how science contributes to knowledge for the individual and society. Units will begin with an overview of the NOS theme, with examples from history and current events, and end with personal reflections to identify how the lessons connect to the themes in science.
1. Scientific Investigations Use a Variety of Methods 2. Scientific Knowledge is Based on Empirical Evidence 3. Scientific Knowledge is Open to Revision in Light of New Evidence 4. Scientific Models, Laws, Mechanisms, and Theories Explain Natural Phenomena 5. Science is a Way of Knowing 6. Scientific Knowledge Assumes an Order and Consistency in Natural Systems 7. Science is a Human Endeavor 8. Science Addresses Questions About the Natural and Material World