Elementary Science Teaches Problem-Solving Skills & More
Elementary science at Saint Columbkille Partnership School has evolved to align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that are were established by a number of states, including Massachusetts, and are in line with most state science standards. Ms. Anna Birnberg, elementary science teacher, worked to ensure that the current science curriculum includes not only specific science and math skills, but also broader and more general problem-solving and life skills, that will help students in all subjects and outside of the classroom.
On Wednesday, February 5, Ms. Birnberg offered a dive into the science curriculum during a morning coffee presentation for STCPS families. These coffee presentations allow for parents and guardians to learn more about specific grade levels and subjects offered at the school, hear directly from teachers about the curriculum, and ask questions.
Specifically, the NGSS is broken down into three parts: cross-cutting concepts, such as cause and effect, systems and systems models; science and engineering practices, such as asking questions, planning/carrying out investigations, and analyzing and interpreting data; and disciplinary core ideas, such as the Earth and solar system, structures and properties of matter. Students demonstrate skills and learn through observation and investigation instead of only memorizing content and facts.
Furthermore, Ms. Birnberg incorporates both general science and engineering units into the curriculum to ensure a well-rounded approach to learning. For each lesson, she asks herself, “what skills do our students need to be successful scientists and engineers in the 21st century?” For more information on the engineering units specifically, check out this article.
“It’s important to teach the whole child,” says Ms. Birnberg. “Science offers an opportunity to instruct more holistically and teach broader life skills with greater applications.”
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STCPS morning coffee events are a great opportunity to explore topics in depth. Thank you to Ms. Birnberg for her fascinating presentation on our science curriculum! A complete list of of morning coffee topics can be found on the 'Parents' tab of our website under 'Morning Coffees'. Our topic for the Feb 26 coffee is "Living Lent with your Children: Practical Ideas for your Family." More info on our amazing science program here: stcps.org/elementary-science-teaches-problem-solving-skills-more/...
Elementary science at Saint Columbkille Partnership School has evolved to align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that are were established by a number of states, including Massachusetts, and are in line with most state science standards. Ms. Anna ...
Passport to Learning Night for current and prospective families is on Thursday, January 30th at 6:00 p.m. Make sure to put the date on your calendars! Come and visit each classroom and take a look at the projects the students have been working on! Prospective families can register at stcps.org/visit-apply or call 617-254-3110. ...