TCAPS’ elementary science uses an inquiry-based science curriculum. There are activities and/or experiments for life science, physical science and earth science in all grades, kindergarten through fifth grade.
TCAPS Elementary Science Essential Questions:
- How do we use inquiry and technology to support understanding?
- How do we understand and communicate scientifically?
- How does change occur over time?
- How does energy flow through systems?
TCAPS' secondary science department has aligned its curriculum in order to meet the graduation requirements set forth by the State of Michigan. These requirements dictate that each student must take a minimum of three science credits throughout their high school career. These three science credits would include credit in biology, and a credit in chemistry or physics. From a variety of elective, including Forensic Science, Nutrition Science, Anatomy and Physiology, AP Biology and AP Chemistry.
TCAPS’ science classes are focused so that students will not only have sufficient knowledge of the content, but also have the background that they need in order to demonstrate proficiency on the state mandated M-STEP assessment. TCAPS’ secondary science department is committed to quality instruction and comprehensive curriculum that will ensure learning success for all students. That comprehensive curriculum is centered around the Michigan Department of Education adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which specifies three distinct and equally important dimensions to learning science - Crosscutting Concepts, Science and Engineering Practices, and Disciplinary Core Ideas. These dimensions are combined to form each standard—or performance expectation—and each dimension works with the other two to help students build a cohesive understanding of science over time.
More Information: Michigan K-12 Science Standards