The "big idea" of this scope is that matter can change from one state or phase to another, and matter does NOT disappear. The amount of matter, called its mass, is conserved when it changes from one state or phase to another, even when it appears to have been reduced or have disappeared. When two or more substances are mixed together, a new substance with different properties may be formed. Regardless of the change in form, the total mass of the original substances will be unchanged. In everyday events, mass is neither created nor destroyed.
5E Lesson Model:
The "big idea" of this scope is that matter of any type can be subdivided into particles that are too small to see, but even then, the matter still exists, and can be detected by other means.
5E Lesson Model:
STEMscopes is our main science curriculum source. Each "scope" is similar to a chapter in a textbook and includes all elements of a 5E lesson (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate). Depending on the scope, we will take approximately 1-2 weeks to cover the material.
The STEMscopes "textbook" is completely online. Your child will have an account that they can access at school and at home. While they will have access to the assignments online, the assignments will be photocopied into a packet which students are expected to complete before the quiz/test and turn in for a grade.
A pdf copy of the packet will be posted here before the start of each scope in case your child loses their copy. In addition, approximately two days prior to the quiz/test an answer key will also be posted here to help with studying.
Home Connections & Resources:
STEMscopes provides opportunities for families to connect what students are learning in the classroom with experiments and conversations that can take place at home. With each scope, I will post the "Home Connection" if you're interested in ways to bring science into your home. The discussion questions make for great dinner table conversations!
In addition, science videos will also be posted here to provide opportunities for reteaching and enrichment. These are great resources to assist with studying for quizzes/tests.
Science announcements will be posted here. Most announcements will cover upcoming test dates and what to expect in terms of test format (ie multiple choice, open-ended, or CER - claim, evidence, reasoning).
Assessments & Grading:
The best way to prepare for tests is to think of the “Big Idea” that we have talked about during the scope and make sure you can explain this idea using learned vocabulary and examples that we have read about and discussed. Other useful study tools include your completed STEMscope packet and science journal notes.
Students will also engage in various group work and research projects throughout the course of each scope. Students will: learn to ask questions and define problems, use models, conduct investigations, analyze data, use mathematics, construct explanations and design solutions, argue from evidence, and communicate information.
Multiple Choice Grade- The five multiple choice questions can be found online on the STEMscopes website. Have your child log into their account to show you the quiz and their responses.
Short Answer Grade/ CER- The three short answer responses are based on a 3-2-1 scale. The expectation is that students draw on all of their science knowledge, and include vocabulary and scientific reasoning and principles in their answers.
Journal/Packet Notes- The note-taking grade is based on a 3-2-1 rubric which will be sent home after receiving a grade, and is also glued to the inside cover of each student’s science journal.