Science is a central facet of the educational process through which students gain the knowledge, concepts, skills and attitudes necessary to become scientifically and technologically literate citizens. All members of twenty-first century societies are greatly affected by the methods, theories, and products of science. The achievement of scientific literacy involves the nurturing and encouragement of curiosity, and of critical and innovative thinking. Students learn through the development of inquiry and process skills.
A science education is based on experiences gained through experimentation and the use and manipulation of materials. Applications of these skills should focus on enabling the learners to improve their ability in problem solving, to develop a greater understanding of scientific processes, to develop scientific attitudes and to formulate techniques appropriate to dealing with our changing environmental and societal demands. Science influences every aspect of our lives. It is central to our welfare as individuals and to the welfare of our society. The aim of a science education is, therefore, to develop scientific literacy for all students.
Learn by doing! Science at the elementary level explores with science kits for an experiential, hands-on approach to learning.
Materials and Motion provides kindergartners with integrated experiences with physical science, earth science, and engineering core ideas that relate to students' interests and are teachable and learnable.
Sound and Light provides experiences that help students develop an understanding of how to observe and manipulate the phenomena of sound and light.
Plants and Animals engages students with the anchor phenomenon that young plants and animals have structures and behaviors that help them grow and survive.
Air and Weather - what is all around us and what do we observe in the sky above us?
Insects and Plants provides young students with in-depth opportunities to experience the biodiversity on Earth.
Pebbles, Sand and Silt engages students with the anchor phenomenon of earth materials that cover the planet's surface.
Solids and Liquids provides students with core ideas dealing with matter and its interactions as well as with engineering design.
Water and Climate: How is water involved in weather? Are weather conditions the same around the world and throughout the year? Students explore the properties of water, the water cycle, and interactions between water and other earth materials.
Structures of Life: Students experience that organisms exhibit a variety of strategies for life, have a variety of observable structures and behaviors, have varied put predictable life cycles, and reproduce their own kind by passing inherited characteristics to offspring.
Motion and Matter: Provides students with experiences around physical sciences core ideas dealing with forces and interactions, matter and its interactions, and with engineering design.
Energy: Provides firsthand experiences in physical science dealing with the anchor phenomenon of energy.
Environments: Investigations that focus on the anchor phenomenon that animals and plants interact with their environment and with each other.
Soils, Rocks and Landforms: Provides students with firsthand experiences with soils and rocks and modeling experiences using tools such as topographic maps and stream tables to engage with the anchor phenomenon of the surface of the Earth's landscape.
Earth and Sun: Students investigate patterns observed in the sky over a day, a month, a year, and more, and their effect on Earth.
Living Systems: Looking at Earth as the interaction of four Earth systems or subsystems - the geosphere, the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, and the biosphere.
Mixtures and Solutions: Engages students with matter and its interactions in our everyday life - mixtures, solutions, solubility, concentration, and chemical reactions.
Middle School Science:
Sixth Grade Science includes units in earth science, life science, and physical science. Science will be taught and reinforced with hands-on and minds-on projects and activities. Topics include: Scientific method, human impact; living resources; ecosystems and populations; geologic time; weathering and soil formation; erosion deposition mapping; plate tectonics; rocks; minerals; earthquakes and volcanoes.
Seventh grade science curriculum is aligned with the Michigan Curriculum Framework Science Content Benchmarks and includes units in earth, life, and physical sciences. Major topics include: Chemistry, weather factors and patterns, light and sound, elements and the periodic table, and basic biology discovering cells and cell processes.... and more. Science will be taught and reinforced with an emphasis in many hands-on and minds-on labs/projects/activities.
Eighth grade science follows the State of Michigan Earth Science high school objectives which focuses on Earth Systems Science. Major topics include the universe, weather, oceans, climate, natural resources, energy, earthquakes, volcanoes, and more. We focus a great deal on how a change in one of Earth's systems can affect other areas as well. It is a comprehensive course that expands beyond the 6th and 7th grade content with lots of inquiry, technology, and in-depth investigations. Topics include: Our place in the universe; our dynamic geosphere; weather, water, and climate; depending on Earth.
High School Science:
Please see the Groves or Seaholm high school course catalog for science classes which meet the BPS graduation requirements. The Science Department provides students with the opportunity to study life, physical, earth and applied sciences at a level consistent with their goals, interests and abilities.