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Science is a creative activity of the human mind. It offers a unique perspective of our world in terms of understanding its many complex interactions. The aim of science education is to develop in learners a rich and full understanding of the inquiry process in problem solving; the key concepts and principles of our Physical Setting and our Living Environment; and issues of science, technology, and society in historical and contemporary contexts.*

*adapted from Illinois Dept. Ed.


The New York State Learning Standards for Math, Science and Technology are a powerful resource for the design and evaluation of science curricula taught in North Salem.

Standard 1: Students will use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering design, as appropriate, to pose questions, seek answers, and develop solutions.
Standard 2: Students will access, generate, process, and transfer information using appropriate technologies.
Standard 3: Students will understand mathematics and become mathematically confident by communicating and reasoning mathematically, by applying mathematics in real-world settings, and by solving problems through the integrated study of number systems, geometry, algebra, data analysis, probability, and trigonometry.
Standard 4: Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in science.
Standard 5: Students will apply technological knowledge and skills to design, construct, use, and evaluate products and systems to satisfy human and environmental needs.
Standard 6: Students will understand the relationships and common themes that connect mathematics, science, and technology and apply the themes to these and other areas of learning.
Standard 7: Students will apply the knowledge and thinking skills of mathematics, science, and technology to address real-life problems and make informed decisions.


The Common Core State Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects

 Students will be able to respond to reading scientific textual material by:

-          Summarizing central ideas

-          Using science-specific language

-          Identify the structure and purpose

-          Creating visual representations

-          Objectively taking a stand

-          Creating critiques of scientific content

-          Writing with logic, coherence and knowledge

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