The Science curriculum at South Buffalo Charter School is aligned to the New York State Science Standards and the New York State Common Core Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects. The Science teachers continue to collaborate with the English Language Arts and Mathematics teachers by supporting the CCLS in ELA and Math to improve the quality of reading, writing and mathematics instruction. The Science Programs allow teachers to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students as well as promote an understanding of the science-literacy connection.
The K-8 Science program includes goals and objectives from Life, Physical, and Earth Sciences each year. Kindergarten and first grade create science units based on the NYS standards and are delivered in a thematic approach across content areas. SBCS uses the Scott Foresman Science program which includes leveled readers for grades 2-6 and McDougal Littell Science series for grades 7-8 as a research based resource to serve as the foundational framework of the Science curriculum. SBCS also uses hands-on science curriculum kits to bring science to life by immersing students in exploratory learning experiences that engage higher level thinking, problem solving and questioning attributes.
The tenets of scientific literacy include the ability to
• Find or determine answers to questions derived from everyday experiences.
• Describe, explain, and predict natural phenomena.
• Understand articles about science.
• Engage in non-technical conversation about the validity of conclusions.
• Pose explanations based on evidence derived from one's own work.