Have you heard the latest science news?
With the introduction of the Common Core Standards, changes in the way students study Science have been adopted. Traditionally students studied science as an isolated course of study. Now Science is being incorporated within English Language Arts at the Elementary and Intermediate Levels. It is believed that students who study a curriculum area such as science within the framework of English Language Arts, develop a greater understanding and appreciation as they are doing Expeditionary Learning of Informational Texts.
As in the past, students in Fourth and Eighth Grades are required to take and pass the New York State Science Assessments. The assessments consist of two parts: a Hands-on Performance Test and a Multiple Choice/Written Short Answer Response Test. During the Performance Test students are expected to engage in activities to demonstrate their knowledge of the practical applications of science topics. The Multiple Choice/Written Response Test requires students to read independently and respond to a variety of science related topics in order to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge base.
Students in Florida in Fifth Grade and Eight Grades must pass the Florida State Assessments in Science. The assessments consist of questions based upon Natural Sciences, Earth and Space -Science, Physical Science, and Life Science. There are many interactive computer resources available for teachers, parents, and students to use to improve their study of our world.
The links provided below are for all ages and levels and serve to help students make new discoveries in the world of science.