Science Second

6 Things you need to know and can share with others.

September 15, 2017

1. Caddo Scope and Sequence

The K-5 science scope and sequence documents have been/are being updated. Please visit the standard page on the Caddo Science website, http://www.caddoscience.com/standards.html, for more information.

2. 2018 Youth Wetlands Week Program #FreeStuff

The registration for the 2018 Youth Wetlands Week program is now open. This year’s binder will be a revised version of the 2015-2016 “Coastal Louisiana” edition. All of the lessons will be correlated to the standards. Registration is open to any teacher in 3rd – 12th grade; the main subjects featured in this year’s binder are science and social studies. Environmental Science is covered in high school and ELA is covered in upper elementary.


Youth Wetlands Week will be April 23-27, 2018, so please mark your calendars.


Delivery of curriculum and kits is currently scheduled to occur in March. Please forward this information to any and all the teachers in your school that might be interested in receiving this FREE resource. Please complete the registration form (Click Download Documents) and either email or fax it back to Katherine B. Pace by September 29, 2017. Once completed, teachers will be registered to receive the FREE materials in March.


Katherine B. Pace

Email: KFarquhar@agcenter.lsu.edu (This is the correct email.)

4-H Youth Development and Parish Chair

Caddo Parish

2408 E. 70th Street

Shreveport, LA 71105

Phone: (318) 226-6805

Fax: (318) 226-6769

3. 2017-2018 Science Fair

The Louisiana Region I Science and Engineering Fair will be held at the Bossier Civic Center, 620 Benton Road, Bossier City, LA on March 1-3, 2018. The BPCC will need all paperwork by February 9, 2018.


Please see the official memo from the Region I Science Fair Director, Dr. Elaine Cox.

4. LSSS: Science and Engineering Practices

The science and engineering practices describe behaviors that scientists and engineers engage in as they investigate and build models and theories about the natural world and the key set of engineering practices that engineers use as they design and build models and systems. The term practices are used instead of a term like “skills” to emphasize that engaging in scientific investigation requires not only skill but also knowledge that is specific to each practice. The intent is to better explain and extend what is meant by “inquiry” in science and the range of cognitive, social, and physical practices that it requires.

Although engineering design is similar to scientific inquiry, there are significant differences. For example, scientific inquiry involves the formulation of a question that can be answered through investigation, while engineering design involves the formulation of a problem that can be solved through design.


The 8 Science and Engineering Practices

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


*** See an example of one Science and Engineering Practice from K to High School. Great discussion starter! ***

5. Phenomena: Landforms on Mars

Students (and even adults) are often shocked that landforms like mountains, volcanoes, plains, and more can be found underwater. They'd be even more shocked to learn that landforms can also be found on other planets.


The layers in some sedimentary rocks can tell a story about the history of the land, but these stories don't just happen on Earth! The layered geologic rocks on Mars can tell the planet's "land story". Check out some amazing images from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. Don't forget, NASA engineers designed Curiosity for the specific purpose to learn more about Mars through both qualitative and quantitative observations.


Link to Images and Article: https://mars.nasa.gov/msl/curiosity-murray-buttes-raw-images/


Disciplinary Core Ideas:

ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth (page A-35)

ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems (page A-36).

ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hs8c8hPwNr8
This 360-degree panorama was acquired by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover while the rover was in an area called "Murray Buttes" on lower Mount Sharp, one of the most scenic landscapes yet visited by any Mars rover. You can move the image around to see the 360º view!

6. Science Workshop: Science K-5: Understanding Phenomena in Science

Students must investigate and apply content knowledge to scientific phenomenon. So how do we do that? In this workshop, learn all about phenomena. There will also be an in depth discussion of how to read and use the Caddo Science Scope and Sequence document.


Location: Donnie Bickham Middle School Library

Date: September 28, 2017

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Date: September 28, 2017


Note: Caddo Professional Development trainings are no longer on Sign Up Genius. Trainings are now on Edivate (aka PD360). For directions on how to use please watch the following short video https://goo.gl/7AzDAL.

Important K-6 Science Dates

September 28- Science Workshop: Science K-5: Understanding Phenomena in Science

The LDOE’s Assessment Calendar for 2017-2018 has been posted. The 3-8 science assessment will be a field test this year. The testing date(s) have not been announced yet. Please see the assessment calendar for more information: http://bit.ly/2iDFeZK. As soon as I know have more information, I will share it with you.