The K-12 science program within Southern Lehigh School District will foster the development of scientific thinking and logical reasoning. A rigorous curriculum will provide opportunities for students to learn how to ask questions and define problems in order to plan and carry out investigations. Students will be challenged to construct explanations and design solutions through collaborative experiences where they engage in arguments that are based on evidence. Teachers will provide students with hands-on and authentic experiences aligned to a coherent progression of learning.
K-12 Science Philosophy
Mission Statement for K-12 Science:
Foster the development of scientific thinking and logical reasoning.
Guiding Principles for K-12 Science:
Students will be able to...
- ask questions and define problems.
- develop and use models.
- plan and carry out investigations.
- construct explanations and design solutions.
- analyze and interpret data.
- use math and conceptual thinking scientifically.
- engage in arguments from evidence.
- obtain, evaluate and communicate information.
Best Practices for K-12 Science:
- provide a foundational understanding of scientific concepts.
- provide hands-on learning opportunities where students can make observations, ask questions, make discoveries, define problems, and develop possible solutions.
- provide learning activities where students use, develop, and/or revise models.
- provide opportunities for students to collaborate, share ideas, and critique the reasoning of others.
- have students use, analyze, and interpret data and graphs to construct explanations.
- provide learning activities where students have to apply mathematical concepts to develop scientific understanding.
- support students in gathering, reading, and synthesizing scientific texts.
- provide opportunities for students to communicate scientific and/or technical information in writing.
- provide demonstration, instruction, and on-going support on the appropriate selection and safe use of tools and equipment.