Science Second

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

March 7, 2018

1. Science Field Test

The State released the science assessment guidance for all testing grades. Check out the Caddo Science Standards Page to see all of the science field test guides for grades 3-8 and biology. The state science field test will be paper-based for grades 3-4 and computer based for grades 5-8.

  • In 2017-2018, the higher of the 2016 or 2017 science scores will be counted in SPS.
  • In 2018-2019, the higher of the 2017 or 2019 science scores will be counted in SPS*.

You can find all science field tests at (Google Drive Folder)

*Please see the John White's 10/24/17 newsletter for more information.

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2. Shifts in Science Instruction: Apply Content Knowledge

Louisiana has a new vision for science learning. Our new standards focus on a deeper understanding of content as well as application of content. The Louisiana Student Standards for Science represent the knowledge and skills needed for students to successfully transition to postsecondary education and the workplace.

Content knowledge is critical and evident in the standards in the Disciplinary Core Ideas, the key ideas in science that have broad importance within or across multiple science or engineering disciplines. However, simply having content knowledge is not enough. Students must investigate and apply content knowledge to scientific phenomenon.

Learn more about the Shifts in Science.

3. Complimentary LSTA Membership

Good News!

In an effort to support teachers of science this year during the implementation of the revised LSSS, LSTA is extending a complimentary membership to ALL Louisiana teachers of science, administrators, and informal educators until October 24, 2018.

All you need to do is complete and send in a membership form!! Contact your regional representative or download a form from our LSTA web site!

And more good news for current members. While the LSTA Board is celebrating with the 1000 + Louisiana science teachers who attended the NSTA Area Conference in New Orleans, the board acknowledges the high cost of a national event. As a result, the Board has approved extending membership expiration dates from November of 2017 to November 2018.

4. Happy Birthday, Mr. Rogers

PBS is celebrating Fred Rogers' 90th birthday this month!! On March 20, 1928, Fred Rogers was born! Celebrate his birthday and introduce a new generation to Mister Rogers with this collection of classic full episodes, along with some of our favorite videos from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood! (Grades: PreK-2)

* This entry is from the LPB's monthly newsletter.

5. Summer Workshop at the World War II Museum

Real World Science is a weeklong summer seminar for middle school math and science teachers that explores key STEM concepts using real-world WWII examples. Twenty-eight teachers from across the country will come to New Orleans to experience hands-on how necessity, knowledge, perseverance and skill lead to inventions, innovation, and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), just like in World War II. You'll go home with 200 pages of activities and readings for students that you can use for your 3D science classroom. History, science, literacy.

PROGRAM DATES: July 15 - 21, 2018

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: The seminar application is open to any 5th-8th grade science teacher.

COST: This seminar is supported by a grant from the Northrop Grumman Foundation. Teachers will receive free room and board in New Orleans, a travel stipend, and all seminar materials free of charge.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted from January 8 – March 16, 2018.

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6. Building Better Brains

Have you heard about the Beaird Foundation's Building Better Brains program at Turner Elementary? This program is free and available to the public. The goal is to teach parents and caregivers how to do science with their children.

Check Out the Flyer! Each flyer can be printed and cut in half.

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Check Out the Caddo Science Newsletter Archives!

Check out the archive of the Caddo Science Newsletters.


Important K-6 Science Dates

March 22: Exploring the Science Standards Using BreakOut EDU for (K-5) and (6-12)
April 28: RARC: Competition #3

May 4- Science Field Test for Grades 3-4 (paper-based)