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Department of Science


  • Welcome
  • Core
    Beliefs
  • STEM
    Expo

  • FOSS
  • Professional
    Development
  • Funding
    Opportunities
  • High School
    Student Opportunities
  • K-8 Student
    Opportunities
  • Contact
    Us

 

 

 

Science

 

 

 

 

Core Beliefs

The Science Department believes that every student is entitled to and deserves an excellent program of instruction in the content area that encourages each student to achieve at a high level.  We believe that learning science requires an understanding and investigation of concepts. We believe that science is a way of thinking that includes observing, collecting, manipulating, and analyzing data as well as evaluating and interpreting results.  We nurture the wonder and curiosity of the students as they engage in guided inquiry.  Ultimately, the goal of our department is to prepare all children for college and career readiness.

 

Philosophy

Science is a systematic process for acquiring the knowledge essential for comprehending the natural world and every aspect of modern life.  As students build on their content knowledge, we encourage the following practices to be linked to their learning: asking questions and defining problems, developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematics and computational thinking, constructing explanations and designing solutions, engaging in argument from evidence, and obtaining, evaluating and communicating information.  The department has embraced and implemented an Inquiry-Based Model, which allows students to explore and make sense of ideas, data, and explanations around a posed question or problem. In addition, we encourage students to make connections by publicly sharing their thoughts of the key idea to the overarching concept.

 

 

 

 

FOSS

How to register for access to FOSSweb.
(District Subscription)

  1.  Go to https://www.fossweb.com/home
    Click on Educators: Register link at the bottom.  Click the PURPLE button Register for FOSSweb

  2. After you have registered you can enter your ACCESS codes.

    1. Click on the blue tab “My Teacher Page”

    2. Click “Activate My Access Code”

    3. Enter Access Code(s) for Module(s) Activation

(GUEST Access)

  1.  Go to https://www.fossweb.com/home

  2. Click on “Visit as Guest” (This subscription is very limited. You will not have access to many resources.)

  3. Click on the “Module Book”.

Materials Management

District Replacement List

FOSS Replacement List

Plant & Animal Care

Tech Support
NOTE:  Please contact Tech support directly with any concerns regarding your account.  They cannot resolve an individual technology problem through a third party.  They will need information that only you can provide as the owner of the account. The number is 1 (800) 258-1302 ext. 7907

FOSS Units by Grade Level

GRADE

UNIT 1

UNIT 2

UNIT 3

UNIT 4

UNIT 5

UNIT 6

KINDERGARTEN ENGINEERING Trees & Weather Materials & Motion Animals Two by Two N/A N/A
GRADE 1 ENGINEERING Air & Weather Sound & Light Plants & Animals N/A N/A
GRADE 2 ENGINEERING Insects & Plants Solids & Liquids Pebbles, Sand and Silt N/A N/A
GRADE 3 ENGINEERING Structures of Life Motion & Matter Water & Climate N/A N/A
GRADE 4 ENGINEERING Soils, Rocks and Landforms Energy Environments N/A N/A
GRADE 5 ENGINEERING Earth & Sun Living Systems Mixtures & Solutions N/A N/A
GRADE 6 ENGINEERING Motion, Force & Models Electromagnetic Force Weather & Water Diversity of Life N/A
GRADE 7 ENGINEERING Populations & Ecosystems Chemical Interactions Earth History N/A N/A
GRADE 8 ENGINEERING Human Systems Interactions Heredity & Adaptation Planetary Science Gravity & Kinetic Energy Waves

 

Professional Development

 

pdf 2018 Science PD Schedule


NGSS Connections: Engineering in the High School Science Classroom

The Framework for K-12 Science Education and the NGSS present a new vision of science learning that integrates core disciplinary ideas, science and engineering practices, and cross-cutting concepts. These interactive full-day workshops will introduce teachers to content-specific exemplars in either Life Science or Chemistry along with strategies that embody the NGSS student performance expectations. The workshops feature content-appropriate lessons that integrate applied science content within an engineering context.

pdf Flyer

pdf Registration Form


“Essential Elements” Workshop for K-8 teachers

Essential Elements is a professional development workshop that provides K–8 educators with methods for teaching chemistry concepts through hands-on learning and real-world connections. It was created by the Chemical Educational Foundation, a national nonprofit dedicated to promoting science education. All workshop participants will receive a periodic table poster and an Activity Guide flash drive containing 50+ chemistry experiments with NGSS alignments.

pdf Flyer


 

Summer Professional Development

pdf Honeywell Institute for Ecosystems Education 

 

Funding Opportunities

Funding

Good News!  The Taub Foundation Sponsors Field Trip Grants Program

Field Trip New Jersey is pleased to announce that it will have two grant application cycles this year. Below are the dates for which the application will be open to applicants to complete online at fieldtripnj.org.

pdf Application Cycle 2018

 

Field Trip NJ


ORISE Lesson Plan Competition

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is hosting another lesson plan competition for educators! This one is targeted at K-8 teachers. Six teachers will win a mini grant for their classroom with the grand prize including a $1,000 mini grant, an iPad, and a math manipulative classroom kit. We would love for you to be one of the six winners! The theme of the competition is “Put the ‘M’ in STEM.” We are asking teachers to submit a STEM lesson plan that explicitly addresses mathematics standards.
The deadline to submit your plan is Monday April 30, 2018. Enter the competition by submitting your lesson plan here: https://orausurvey.orau.org/n/MathLesson.aspx. For more information about this contest and our previous contests, visit: https://orise.orau.gov/stem/k-12/competitions-for-educators.html .

 

High School Student Opportunities


web page Washington Youth Summit on the Environment   Date: June 24-29, 2018

pdf Governor’s STEM Scholars Program


Geo-engineering

 

K-8 Student Opportunities

Solar Jam 2018Science

Calling all student engineers! Mark your calendars for the 5th Annual Solar Jam event! Register by May 5, 2018

pdf Flyer

pdf Info and Registration

 

 

 


Geo-engineering

 

 

Contact Us

Joanna Tsimpedes

Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction
973-321-2336
jtsimpedes@paterson.k12.nj.us

Sarah Sterling Laldee

Supervisor of Science
973-321-0717
slaldee@paterson.k12.nj.us

Jennifer Foster

Senior Specialist - Mathematics/ Science
973-321-0843
jfoster@paterson.k12.nj.us

Elizabeth Nunez

Teacher Coordinator of Science
973-321-2264
enunez@paterson.k12.nj.us

Lakisha Kincherlow

Teacher Coordinator of Science
973-321-2477
lkincherlowwarren@paterson.k12.nj.us

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