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Science

Science at Whitman MS

  • Our Commission as a public school: Alignment to State Standards/NGSS.
  • Our Science Standards focus on Eliminating the Opportunity Gap
  • Growing scientifically literate citizens prepared for 21st century careers
    • Through a Common Scope and Sequence & Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

K-12 Science

  • Common scope and sequence
  • Aligned to standards
  • For ALL Kids in ALL schools
spider on a web, buffalo roaming the plains, fossils

SPS Focus: Science Teaching and Learning

  • Phenomenon-based storyline
  • Student Discourse for sense making
  • Conceptual scientific models
  • Explanation and Argumentation

6-8 Program structure

  • One Launch Unit
  • Six Core Units
  • Two Engineering Internships

Every unit revolves around a real-world problem:

  • Light Waves: Why is the rate of skin cancer in Australia so much higher than any other part of the world?
  • Thermal Energy: Which system will most effectively heat Riverdale school?
  • Natural Selection: How has the newt population in Oregon State Park become more poisonous over time?
surfer on a surf board
Light Waves: Why is the rate of skin cancer in Australia so much higher than any other part of the world?
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Thermal Energy: Which system will most effectively heat Riverdale school?
graphic art of dinosaurs roaming around grasslands
Natural Selection: How has the newt population in Oregon State Park become more poisonous over time?

Preparing students for success in HS Science

  • Launch: Microbiome
  • Metabolism
  • Engineering internship: Metabolism
  • Traits and reproduction
  • Thermal energy
  • Ocean, atmosphere, and climate
  • Weather patterns
  • Earth’s changing climate
  • Engineering internship: Earth’s Changing Climate
  • Launch: Geology on Mars
  • Plate Motion
  • Engineering Internship: Planet Motion
  • Rock Transformations
  • Phase Change
  • Engineering Internship: Phase cChange
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Populations and Resources
  • Matter and energy in Ecosystems
  • Launch: Harnessing Human Energy
  • Force and Motion
  • Engineering Internship: Force and Motion
  • Magnetic Fields
  • Light Waves
  • Earth, Moon, and Sun
  • Natural Selection
  • Engineering Internship: Natural Selection
  • Evolutionary History
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Phenomena-based approach

  • Introduce a real-world problem
  • Collect evidence from a variety of sources
  • Construct increasingly complex explanations
  • Apply knowledge to a different problem

Routine

  • Threshold
  • Do Now (warm-up)
  • Objective
  • Activity
    • Independent
    • Partner
    • Group
    • Class
  • Exit ticket (tied to objective)

Scores

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  • Standards based
    • L1, L2, L3, L4
  • Homework
    • About twice a week
  • Classwork
    • Selected work scored to give students feedback
  • Assessment
    • The big points
    • Retakes possible

Volunteer

If you might be able to volunteer as a chaperone or in-class assistance, we’d love to have you pre-registered in the system. Please call Janice Runner at 206-252-1200 in the office to complete the paperwork and the required background check.