• Overview

     
    The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) outline a 3 dimensional approach to learning science by combining disciplinary core ideas (DCIs), scientific practices and crosscutting concepts.  Some of the DCIs we will study this year include the structure and function of organisms, wave properties, and ecosystem dynamics. The standards interweave these core ideas with scientific practices -the behaviors that scientists use to understand the world around us, including asking questions, developing models and constructing explanations- and crosscutting concepts such as “patterns” and “cause and effect”.

    The IQWST program supports this 3D approach with activity-based lessons that help students develop a deep understanding of select phenomena. You will spend class time investigating and building explanations of scientific concepts. This may differ from your previous experiences where you were expected to memorize vast amounts of scientific facts.  

    Units of Study

     

    • "Why Do Some Things Stop While Others Keep Going?" – Transfer, Transformation and Conversion of Energy

    • "How Can I Make Old Stuff From New Stuff?"  - Chemical Reactions and Conservation of Matter 

    • "What Is Going On Inside My Body?" – Body Systems and Cellular Processes

    • "How Does Food Provide Energy to Do Things?" – Chemical Reactions in Living Things

    Scientific Practices

    • Asking Questions and Defining Problems

    • Developing and Using Models

    • Planning and Carrying Out InvestigationsDragon Fly

    • Analyzing and Interpreting Data

    • Using Mathematical and Computational Thinking

    • Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

    • Engaging in Argument from Evidence

    • Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information 

     

    Cross Cutting Concepts:

    • Patterns

    • Cause and Effect

    • Scale, Proportion, and Quantity

    • Systems and System Models

    • Energy and Matter

    • Structure and Function

    • Stability and Change

     

    For more information on the NGSS and a complete list of DCIs, visit  http://www.nextgenscience.org/.