Course Study

Horizon Middle School/Sand Creek High School
 Middle Years ProgramSubject: Level 2 Science
 Teacher(s): Mrs. Dalzell-Wagers and Mr. Kaumeyer

 Course Outline: The 7th grade course in MYP Science 2 is designed as an over view of a very large volume of material included in Colorado State Standards.  Different aspects of each standard will be assessed this year.  Experimental design and scientific method are embedded, along with technology, as vehicles for scientific inquiry and student learning.

 Fundamental ConceptsHolistic Learning – This course will allow students to: 

  •  gain techniques and tools to be successful in the classroom and realize the connection of all the science as well as to other disciplines. 
  •  develop an appreciation for the contributions science makes to society and quality of life
  • develop their holistic intelligence and ability to think, reason and act in their community and world.

Intercultural Awareness – This course will 

  •  Underscore the importance and universality of scientific method on the international stage of scientific understanding.
  • Students will learn that different countries endeavor through history and their impact on their lives and the lives of others environments

.Communication – Students will prepare and practice presenting their scientific data and conclusions using scientific vocabulary both written and orally.  This course encourages creativity and new methods to have your voice heard.

The IB learner Profile: Students are encouraged to identify their strengths and build skills which allow the development of all the characteristics of the learner profile. Students will identify the characteristics required to complete a variety of activities and think like a scientist.

 AIMS:  We encourage and enable students to:

  • Develop a inquiring minds and curiosity about science and the world
  • Acquire knowledge, understanding and skills to solve problems and make informed decisions not only in science but in other contexts.
  •  Develop skills of scientific inquiry to design and carry out scientific investigations and evaluate scientific evidence to draw conclusions.
  • Communicate ideas, arguments and practical experience accurately in a variety of ways.
  • Think analytically, critically and creatively to solve problems and make decisions in scientific and other contexts
  • Appreciate the benefits and limitations of science and its application to technology.
  •  Understand the international nature of science and the interdependence of science, technology and society
  •  Demonstrate attitudes and develop values of honesty and respect for themselves, others and the environment. 
IB Objectives: Students should be able to: Colorado Science Standards
One World: describe ways in which science is applied and used to solve problems; describe how science and its applications could affect communities negatively and positively; summarize ways science has played a part in the development of knowledge and technology; understand how science affects the world around them through a variety of factors.Standard 1 – Physical ScienceStandard 2 – Life ScienceStandard 3 – Earth Science
Communication in Science: recognize and use scientific language relevant to units of work; use appropriate modes of communication to provide scientific information with little direction; present information in appropriate format; use honesty when handling data and information; use information and communication technology with minimal direction.Standard 1 – Physical ScienceStandard 2 – Life ScienceStandard 3 – Earth Science
Knowledge and understanding of Science: recognize/recall scientific information; apply it to solve familiar & unfamiliar problems; apply simple information by recalling basic components; discuss scientific information from different sources and identify its credibility.Standard 1 – Physical ScienceStandard 2 – Life ScienceStandard 3 – Earth Science
Scientific Inquiry: understand and use the process of scientific inquiry and suggest improvement to the method with minimal guidance.Standard 1 – Physical ScienceStandard 2 – Life ScienceStandard 3 – Earth Science
Processing data: collect, record, interpret and present data correctly and draw logical conclusions consistent with data with minimal direction.Standard 1 – Physical ScienceStandard 2 – Life ScienceStandard 3 – Earth Science
Attitudes in Science: carry out scientific investigations with some direction using materials safely and skillfully; work effectively with team members ensuring a safe environment and show respect for themselves, others and deal responsibly with the environment.Standard 1 – Physical ScienceStandard 2 – Life ScienceStandard 3 – Earth Science

 MYP Areas of Interaction:  Student will make connections with other areas of science, other subjects and the world through real world experiences which will allow them to become more aware and understanding of world issues, cultures and peoples and the scientific process.  Students will examine all areas of interaction in preparation for the personal project at the end of the program.

Text and Resources: Prentice Hall Earth Science Text, 2007, Space Foundation kinesthetic astronomy course resources, internet websites

Methodology: The course is based on and structured around the state and local standards as stated in the Course Scope and Sequence maps developed by Falcon School District 49.  A variety of teaching approaches will be used to address all student levels and learning styles: auditory, visual, kinesthetic, inquiry-based learning, higher level questioning, independent study, projects and direct instruction.  In Earth Science, students will study the following: (units in progress)

Topic/ TitleAOI*Significant conceptUnit question
Scientific Method: “What’s your plan?”HIPeople learn about the real world through a thoughtful process.To what extent does questioning further our understanding of the world?
Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, VolcanoesENatural forces alter Earth’s surfaceWhy is your position on Earth relevant to your life?
Geologic TimeEFrom the past we can build a bridge to the future.How does the understanding of our past influence predictions of our future?
Living Things/CellsHICells are the basic unit of structure and function in all living things.  How do human inventions and innovations impact society?
Cell ProcessesHI  
Human Body Systems (will be taught by system)HSCSComplex systems consists of smaller systems working together to achieve a common goal.What are examples of complex systems that rely on smaller systems to achieve a common goal?
Science ExpoHI  
Physics/Matter/Mixtures/PropertiesSolids/Liquid/GasHIObjects can be manipulated for a variety of uses.Why is change important?
Newton’s LawsHIApplication of laws can have a reaching effect on people’s lives?What is the importance of laws in our daily lives?

*Areas of Interaction: Environments (E); Health and Social Educations (H&S); Human Ingenuity (HI); Community and Service (C&S) 

Methods of Assessments: Students are assessed in the following areas using age-appropriate MYP rubrics: Criterion A – One World; Criterion B – Communication in science; Criterion C – Knowledge and Understanding in Science; Criterion D – Scientific Inquiry; Criterion E – Processing data; and Criterion F – Attitudes in Science.

 Grading Policy: Students in MYP Science will be assessed according to the MYP assessment criteria.  Age-appropriate rubrics for years 1-3 (grades 6-8), adapted from the year 5 MYP Assessment Criteria, are used for assessment of major projects, essays and other types of formative assessments within the MYP Classroom.  Each subject /content area is based upon IB subject area objectives, Colorado state standards and Falcon District 49 curriculum.  Students are given a quarterly formative assessment which is then used, in conjunction with an additional body of evidence and IB rubrics, to formulate grades. Grades are reported to parents according to district requirements.