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 insure 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 modeling 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. Our classrooms focus upon 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: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - Science Fusion
Integrated Science – 8
Students in the eighth grade explore space and plate tectonics as they develop conclusions from scientific evidence that supports theories related to the change of the Earth's surface. They acquire knowledge to describe how positions and motions of objects in the universe cause predictable and cyclic events. Students explain that the universe is composed of vast amounts of matter and that matter is affected by gravitational force. They explore scientific equipment to study the universe - telescopes, probes, satellites, and spacecraft. Motion and energy are explored. Students will be able to explain how extinction of some species occurs when the environment changes and how the adaptive characteristics of those species are insufficient to allow survival. Students design a solution to a problem or design and build a product, given certain constraints. Technological influences on the quality of life are also explored.
District Instructional Material: Holt Science and Technology