Upper Grade Science

 Science is an ongoing process. Most often there is a question or problem that initiates an investigation searching for a possible solution or solutions. There is no single prescribed scientific method to govern an investigation. It is important that students practice the skills outlined according to the NYS Math, Science, and Technology standards (http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/pub/mststa1_2.pdf).

 For our older students (fourth grade through sixth grade), the emphasis is on formulating and investigating their own questions. Through questioning students grow to understand the world around them as scientists through hands on and literary inquisitive investigation.

The NYS Core Curriculum Elementary Science Standards (http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/sci/documents/elecoresci.pdf) and Intermediate Science Standards (http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/sci/documents/intersci.pdf) reflect a student-centered, problem-solving approach to science. These standards are assessed on the New York State assessments in 4th Grade and again in 8th Grade.