Science 6 Inclusion, Inquiry, Responsibility
Summary: The science curriculum is based on the grade 6 New York State science standards. The curriculum is a hybrid of FOSS (Full Option Science Systems) and real-world environmental impact activities. FOSS supplies many hands-on lab experiences for students while our enriched curriculum adds the element of social activism and environmental engineering. Students practice different levels of inquiry to learn to identify problems, generate solutions and present their findings in published lab reports and multi-media presentations. The science curriculum is supported by the engineering course, which often integrates standards-based science problems. Students also engage in relevant non-fiction readings in order to make sense of the vocabulary and content experienced in lab work. Class discussions facilitate the sharing of ideas and promote open-ended questioning.
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Unit Overview Water Scarcity and  Pollution:
Students learn about our local watershed and how the water cycle is impeded by human development. Students conduct labs to explore green engineering solutions to urbanization and visit wastewater treatment facilities to learn about how NYC water is managed.
Human Impact on Ecosystems:
Students explore the essential elements of various ecosystems, create food webs and observe the impact of human interference in natural systems. Students use discussion forums to reflect on which benefits of mankind outweigh the costs. Field trip include immersion in wetlands ecosystem.
Climate Change and Green Energy:
Students investigate the ongoing debate surrounding global warming as a man made or natural phenomena. Students examine data to find trends to support their argument.
Earth and Natural Hazard Response:
Students study the composition of the Earth’s crust, tectonic plates and how natural hazards occur. They consider best practices for planning for, dealing with and recovering from natural hazards.
Assignments & Tasks
  1. Modeling the watershed
  2. Observing runoff problems on campus
  3. Creating permeable pavement
  4. Green engineering team research project
  5. Water social issues non-fiction readings
  6. Finding the source of pollution with pH testing
  7. Water quality measures
  8. Social activism research paper
  1. DDT is good for me? Silent Spring text exploration
  2. Qualifying research sources by bias
  3. Biomagnification simulation game.
  4. Rachel’s Impact Socratic Seminar
  5. Populations
  6. Should we allow animals to go extinct Socratic Seminar
  7. Colony collapse syndrome investigation
  8. Invasive species impact reports
  1. Global warming debate history
  2. Climate change data analysis
  3. Climate change debate
  4. Extreme weather patterns and preparation
  5. Air pressure labs
  6. Convection current labs, energy study
  7. Energy types and conservation
  8. Energy conservation research project
  1. Rocks and mineral formations
  2. The Earth’s crust and plate movement
  3. Erosion exploration
  4. Evaluating a changing landscape
  5. Beach front property investment
  6. Socratic Seminar on man made land structures.
  7. Anthropogenic vs. Natural Cycles
 
 

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