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 weekly. 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).
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.
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.
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- 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.