We believe that the science program should strive to help meet the needs of all students. We should prepare individuals to use science to improve their lives and cope with an increasingly technological society. We attempt to produce informed citizens who are prepared to deal responsibly with science-related social issues. Phoenix students use a variety of empirical approaches, techniques, and procedures to collect data from nature, examine and analyze that data, and construct knowledge based on it. This knowledge relates to living organisms, non-living matter, energy, and events that occur naturally.
As educators, our goal is to foster scientific literacy in students that goes beyond the regurgitation of facts, figures, and word meanings. Our students must understand the process of scientific discovery and its effects on society. A successful science program should ensure that all students see the need for competency in science and understand that science is a tool for solving everyday problems.
Integrated Science – 7
The theme of 7th-grade science is order and organization. This theme focuses on helping students use scientific inquiry to discover patterns, trends, structures, and relationships that may be described by simple principles. These principles are related to the properties or interactions within and between systems. Seventh graders at Phoenix will use phenomena-based learning and the 5E Model as an instructional tool. This instructional tool emphasizes our core belief, that scientists and mathematicians learn by doing: they construct and deploy models of the real world and test their ability to predict new phenomena. The 5E Model allows students to Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate naturally occurring phenomena in science. Our classrooms focus on turning students into scientists to replicate this process. We strive to take students deeper into their learning to provide them with the skills and knowledge they need to be well-informed citizens, to be prepared for college and careers, and to understand and appreciate the scientific enterprise.
District instructional material: McGraw Hill Ohio Inspire Science
Integrated Science – 8
The focus of the course focuses on inspiring curiosity, investigation, and innovation. Students in the 8th grade explore elements of life science, physical science, and earth science as they develop conclusions from scientific evidence that supports theories. Topics that will be explored are how the internal earth impacts the surface of the earth, evidences that we have of our changing earth and species, inheritance of traits of organisms, and determining how objects move through force. We strive to take students deeper into their learning to provide them with the skills and knowledge they need to be well-informed citizens, to be prepared for college and careers, and to understand and appreciate the scientific enterprise.
District Instructional Material: McGraw Hill Ohio Inspire Science