The focus of the K-12 science program in Coppell ISD is on learners acting like scientists, thinking like scientists and communicating like scientists. We utilize an inquiry-based, experiential approach as learners make meaning by observing, questioning, investigating, measuring, experimenting, analyzing, and thinking critically about the world around them. Science educators design engaging lessons, model life-long learning, facilitate understanding, provide quality feedback and help learners make connections between science concepts and their world.
DISTRICT SCIENCE INITIATIVES
Sally Ride Science – All science teachers in grades K-8 as well as librarians, literacy coaches and GT teachers have been trained through the Sally Ride Science Program to connect science concepts as well as student interests and strengths to future careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Hands-on Inquiry Based Science – The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) state that at least 80% of science instructional time in grades K-1, 60% of instructional time in grades 2-3 and 50% of instructional time in grades 4-5 will be hands-on and inquiry based. To support this effort in the elementary grades, CISD adopted a kit-based science program (Full Option Science System), which provides a variety of materials as well as ideas for developing inquiry-based lessons. Teachers use the FOSS kits as well as other resources when designing engaging investigations. The TEKS for secondary science classes state that at least 40% of instructional time will be hands-on and inquiry-based. All secondary schools utilize a variety of tools and resources, including digital data loggers and sensors. Educators design inquiry based investigations that incorporate critical thinking, problem solving, collection and analysis of data, and the formulation of evidence-based conclusions.
Reading in the Content Area – Science educators incorporate reading strategies to assist leaners in reading nonfiction scientific materials. The campus literacy coaches and librarians assist in this effort.
Statistics in the Science Classroom - In order to improve data analysis within secondary science classes, educators will be trained in specific statistical tools to incorporate in different secondary science classes.