grade_5_science_content.jpgScientific understandings are central to our existence on Earth. We live on a planet filled with life, movement, and technology, and we have long sought to understand our world and the worlds beyond. The more complex our world becomes, and the more we seek to improve our lives, the greater our need for science literacy. Our goal is to develop scientifically literate citizens by teaching them to think critically in school and as life long learners.

We set out to instill a never-ending curiosity about the world and to develop the skills necessary to investigate questions. We seek to challenge students to:

  • recognize problems
  • ask and explore questions
  • formulate working hypotheses
  • determine the best way to observe phenomena
  • construct and revise models
  • handle data with accuracy
  • reach tentative conclusions consistent with what is known
  • and express themselves clearly about the significance of findings

The acquisition by students of cognitive processes such as these and the habits of mind and attitudes that underlie them is a fundamental component of our standards based, nationally, and state aligned science curriculum.

Teachers organize their classrooms around frequent, hands-on explorations of natural and engineered phenomena in which students assume age-appropriate active roles as investigators and sense makers. These hands on, minds on activities set the stage for increasingly sophisticated classroom discourse that challenges students intellectually and develops their ability to communicate ideas. An integral part of our curricula are field experiences we have developed with community partnerships that offer students real world applications. Our focus on the interchange of ideas, both through discussions (science talks, peer to peer talk, etc) and written work (sketches, notebooks, exhibitions, etc), is vital to transform students into a community of scientifically literate citizens.