JGMS Science Course Syllabus
MYP Levels I, II, III
MYP Science at John Glenn Middle School follows the California State Standards instructing the students in the fundamentals of the Earth Sciences, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences along with the three fundamental concepts of the MYP which include:
1. Holistic Learning: emphasizing the links between the disciplines, providing a global view of situations and issues.
•· Working closely with all the science teacher along with the other subjects
•· Provide students with cross curricular activities
•· Provide opportunities for students to appreciate the contribution that science makes to society and to the quality of life
•· Help students to reflect upon the way that science and scientific knowledge have developed and evolved over the years
2. Intercultural Awareness: concern with developing students' attitudes, knowledge and skills as they learn about their own and others' social and national cultures.
•· Providing opportunities for students to explore scientific issues locally and globally
•· Help students develop their understanding of how science and society are interrelated and how social, economic, political, environmental, cultural and ethical factors are interdependent
3. Communication: a fundamental piece to learning, supporting inquiry and understanding. Learning the language of science is seen as learning a new language.
•· Develop skills to understand and communicate scientific ideas effectively.
•· Allow opportunities for students to read, write and talk about science
•· Students use a range of modes of communication: oral, visual and written
•· Students use a range of information and communication technologies
The IB Learner Profile: The profile can be found on the JGMS website and also on the websites of our teachers. The Learner Profiles are 10 character traits that are incorporated into lessons and projects that students must complete for all subjects. There are 3 Learner Profiles which are paramount in science;
Texts and Resources:
Holt Textbooks and peripherals
Scientific Magazines and internet searches
Methodology: Students will utilize interactive notebooks, Cornell notes, cooperative groups, individual projects, tests, exams, quizzes, and laboratory investigations.
Methods of Assessment: Students earn scores according to established rubrics for each of the above methods.
Grading: Grades are based on points awarded per assignment and activity. Points are then translated into the A through F grading system. IB assignments are scored according to the OBJECTIVES stated above. Each Objective has a specific rubric which assists the students and the teachers in completing and scoring each assignment.
The IB Learner Profiles for Science