Next Generation Science Standards
At MNW we use the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to implement and develop our science curriculum K-12. Within the NGSS, there are 3 components that make up each standard or performance expectation:
1) Crosscutting Concepts
2) Science and Engineering Practices
- Held students explore connections in all 4 areas of science: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering Design.
- This component teaches students what scientists do to investigate the natural world and what engineers do to design and build systems.
3) Disciplinary Core Ideas
- There are four key ideas in science that build upon one another as students progress through each grade level: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering.
You can find the Next Generation Science Standards here.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
As part of our science curriculum at MNW, we strive to teach students skills in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Rather than teaching each area separately, we intertwine the four areas. The STEM subjects also show students how the scientific method can be applied in real life situations and help students problem solve.
STEM at the elementary school looks different than at the middle and high school. Here at MNW Elementary, STEM is first introduced and students become familiar with STEM fields and occupations. The time to get students excited about STEM is when they are young, and we strive to do just that at MNW Elementary.
FOSS (Full Option Science System) kits are part of a research-based science curriculum for the elementary and middle school classrooms. FOSS kits allow the gap between research and practice to decrease, by providing teachers and students with the necessary tools and strategies to develop a deep understanding of content knowledge. FOSS Kits allow students to learn through hands-on activities/experiments.
Students used the Explain Everything iPad app and created a book about what they learned about the life cycle and any extra facts they wanted to add. Here is Josie's and Jaylie's story!