Science is a creative activity of the human mind. It offers a unique perspective of our world in terms of understanding its many complex interactions. The aim of science education is to develop in learners a rich and full understanding of the inquiry process in problem solving; the key concepts and principles of our Physical Setting and our Living Environment; and issues of science, technology, and society in historical and contemporary contexts.*
*adapted from Illinois Dept. Ed.
The New York State Learning Standards for Math, Science and Technology are a powerful resource for the design and evaluation of science curricula taught in North Salem.
||Students will use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering design, as appropriate, to pose questions, seek answers, and develop solutions.
||Students will access, generate, process, and transfer information using appropriate technologies.
||Students will understand mathematics and become mathematically confident by communicating and reasoning mathematically, by applying mathematics in real-world settings, and by solving problems through the integrated study of number systems, geometry, algebra, data analysis, probability, and trigonometry.
||Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in science.
||Students will apply technological knowledge and skills to design, construct, use, and evaluate products and systems to satisfy human and environmental needs.
||Students will understand the relationships and common themes that connect mathematics, science, and technology and apply the themes to these and other areas of learning.
||Students will apply the knowledge and thinking skills of mathematics, science, and technology to address real-life problems and make informed decisions.
The Common Core State Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects
Students will be able to respond to reading scientific textual material by:
- Summarizing central ideas
- Using science-specific language
- Identify the structure and purpose
- Creating visual representations
- Objectively taking a stand
- Creating critiques of scientific content
- Writing with logic, coherence and knowledge