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Children are natural scientists. Westminster Community Charter School recognizes the need for a diverse approach to Science instruction. Students are expected to be actively engaged (both hands and mind) in the discovery process. In a small group setting, scientific experiences are centered on developing positive attitudes about Science while learning new concepts. Through the use of carefully planned projects and investigations, students are required to utilize Bloom's Taxonomy and higher level thinking skills while they are cooperatively creating models, conducting experiments, analyzing data and disseminating results. Science can and should be a window to help students understand the world they live in.
Furthermore, students enrich their science curriculum with reading and writing methods. Through the utilization of well-stocked classroom libraries and the Library MediaCenter, students are able to gain access to volumes of material that enhance the various units of study. In addition to the vast print resources that are available to all students, written communication about Science is a key ingredient to success. Observation logs, journals, experiment notes, interviews with participants and experts, student think-aloud responses, as well as student classwork document the connectedness of ELA with Science.
We believe, and expect, that students who have learned to think critically can have numerous benefits on society as a whole. As Science for All Americans points out, a good Science education helps students "...to develop the understandings and habits of mind they need to become compassionate human beings able to think for themselves and to face life head on. It should equip them also to participate thoughtfully with fellow citizens in building and protecting a society that is open, decent and vital."
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