K-12 SCIENCE in NEW HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Richard Therrien K-12 Science Supervisor
See www.newhavenscience.org for ALL materials: Grade resource pages:
Science grade level expectations/standards www.newhavenscience.org/GLE.doc
Practice assessments/open ended rubrics, Embedded tasks
-REQUIRED CT standards, 4 units each year K-6, state standards in place till 2016
CMT Test in Science! 5th grade covers K-5 curriculum, 8th grade 6-8: for ALL students (ELL & SpecEd) in place to 2016. Counts as 10% of K-8 School Performance Index.
CAPT Test in Science, end of 10th AND for retesters. Counts as 25% of School Perfomance Index.
-New Haven Time Guidelines: For ALL students! (including intervention students)
K-4 hands on science at least twice a week, 50 minX2 = 100 min/week
5-6 hands on science at least 2-4 times a week, 130 min/week
7-8 science every day with certified science teachers, curriculum, set pacing.
-NHPS Science Resource Center sends 3 kits a year, 12-16 lessons per kit.
Some kits will need to be shared, and we rent/share with other towns. Rotation is different for each school. Sep 13-Nov 15, Dec 15-Mar 15, Apr 10-June 15 and the schedule is firm!.
Kind: Weather, Wood/Properties, Trees
1st: Measurement, Sun/Shadows, Organisms
2nd: Solids/Liquids, Soil, Butterfly
3rd: Rocks, Chemical Tests, Plants ** Plus Soggy Paper embedded task
4th: Motion, Land/Water, Electric Circuits ** Plus Circuits embedded task
5th: Sound, Light/Color, Senses, Sun/Earth/Moon ** CMT Test, Plus CatchIt embedded task
6th: Ecosystems, Watersheds, Weather, Machines ** Plus DigIn embedded task
All kits have: goals, objectives, inquiry, non fiction reading, writing, measurement practice that can tie into math/reading/writing. Bilingual vocab and resources available as well.
7-12, science every day... 7 units per year, with significant tasks.
-Inquiry skills! (50% of tests!)
Science Fair: each school decides, city wide fair is May 15-17, school fairs by April break.
Kids need experiences! Research shows long term learning takes place if experiences (labs) come BEFORE reading/vocab.
Elem science builds future success! Research shows the more engaging elementary science experiences, the more success in ALL subjects, and success in college and STEM careers.
Inquiry: 50% of CMT/CAPT!, The CT model is for students to design and conduct experiments Ňfair testsÓ , and critique each otherŐs work.
TALK: students learn science concepts and skills by discussing and talking!! THEN writing, and practice assessments.
Fidelity and integration: Stick to science concepts in the CT standards/expectations, and integrate important reading (literacy common core), writing, math (measurement and data analysis) skills.
Careers: speak positively about science. Use www.newhavenscience.org/STEM to investigate science careers.
Contact Richard Therrien Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org, 946-7933 for curriculum, Cindy Viera 946-2818 for kits, Math/magnet coaches can also be a good resource to help.