Science

In the 21st century, a person must be armed with a science overview to adapt to the extraordinary changes that will occur, to be employed by the new industries that will emerge, and to participate in the decisions that society will make. The key is education and programs such as Science and Technology for Children (STC) and Full Option Science Systems (FOSS) to give every student science content and science process needed to develop scientific literacy.

Elementary Science Program

Our elementary science program places an emphasis on acquiring skills, knowledge and attitudes toward science through active involvement in hands-on activities. The heart of the program is problem solving. Students are actively engaged in situations which begin with their questions and take them through the process of inquiry. Students gather information to help them find answers to their questions using the data they have collected.

Because many of the ideas being studied have direct relation to other disciplines, students are encouraged to make connections. We provide literature and other resources to foster such connections. Teachers are encouraged to enrich science instruction with topics of interest to their students and themselves. The catalyst for such studies may be student-generated questions, teacher or parent interest or current events. Problem solving is the common thread which ties these topical studies to our core curriculum.

Teachers assess student progress by observing their development as observers, hypothesizers, careful data gatherers and generalizers and by watching them work, reviewing their journals, and assessing their written and oral responses.

Our core program includes a unit of study that includes hands-on activities, specific scientific skill development (observing, measuring, comparing, predicting, estimating, and describing), problem solving, and assessment.

Learn more about the K-5 Science curriculum:

Middle School Science Program

The middle school science program has several specific objectives, including to develop in each student the knowledge, skills and attitudes to:

 Perform basic laboratory skills such as metric measurement, use of Triple beam balance, microscope, graduated cylinder, ruler,  bunsen burner, thermometer.

 Use concepts that are foundational to modern science.

 Engage in scientific inquiry.

 Understand the sequential nature of the development of science.

 Understand the relationships among disciplines of science.

 Understand the nature of science.

 Apply a knowledge of science to other areas of endeavor.

 Recognize and make connections among science, technology and society.

 Use scientific knowledge for decision making.

 Internalize the values, attitudes, and traits necessary for successful endeavor in science.

Learn more about the 6-8 Science curriculum:

High School Science Program

Faculty in the math, science and technology departments believe that every student can and will be successful in our courses. Completing assignments on time, seeking help when having difficulty and asking questions in class are the minimum expectations we have of our students.

The key to a student’s success is effort and working with their teacher to learn this challenging material.

Learn more about Science courses at the high school.

If at any time you would like to contact the math/science/technology department supervisor, call 518-861-8591, ext. 1041 or e-mail
piscitellim@guilderlandschools.org.

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