Gifted and Talented Science

2015-2016

Class Expectations

Be Prepared!

You will need your agenda, a single subject spiral notebook with a folder, a pencil, and your Chromebook.

Participate!

We each learn best in different ways, but no matter how you learn, you must be engaged in what you are doing. Communicating with your peers will allow you to get their view on the subject and create a life skill you will need for any profession you choose!

Thinking Outside of the Box

For too long, science education has been focused on memorization from text books which leaves out the most important part of science: science practices and critical thinking; both essential for many STEM related professions.

Here, we will concentrate on:


  • asking the questions
  • developing your own hypothesis to a scientific phenomena
  • creating and testing models
  • making evidence-based arguments

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

We will begin to incorporate some aspects of the new science standards alongside with the current standards. See the links below for a quick overview of the new standards and the conceptual shifts in science education.


Science Standards Overview

Conceptual Shifts of NGSS

Next Generation Science Standards Website

Science Curriculum

6th Grade

  • astronomy- telescopes, early space missions, space exploration, electromagnetic spectrum, earth-sun-moon interactions
  • earth science- plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, rock cycle
  • life science- plant growth & responses, types of plants

7th Grade

  • life science- living things, classification, microscopes, cell structures, cell functions, cell transport, cell division, viruses, cell reproduction, DNA, genetics
  • ecology- population, communities, ecosystems, biomes, water cycle, carbon cycle, nitrogen cycle

8th Grade

  • chemistry- periodic table, atoms and bonding, chemical formulas/equations, chemical reactions, solutions/solubility, acid/basic solutions
  • physics- motion, force, momentum, acceleration, velocity, Newton's Laws, pressure, buoyancy, fluids, work, power, simple machines

Grading

Grade Calculations

  • tests, projects = 50%
  • classwork = 40%
  • homework = 10%

Grading Scale

A......93-100

A-.....90-92

B+....87-89

B......83-86

B-.....80-82

C+....77-79

C......73-76

C-.... 70-72

D+....67-69

D......64-66

F.......below 64

"Genius Hour"

See the link below for an introduction to Genius Hour

Be Inspired. Inspire Others.

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