Mr. Forbes – Science – Room B1- Ingrid B. Lacy –
I. Welcome to Middle School science and a year of discovery and preparing for high school together. Some important links are below.
A. Current events: https://www.cnn.com/cnn10
B. Materials needed for this class:
1. Spiral bound notebook: Wide or narrow ruled.
2. Pens and pencils with at least four different colors.
C. Link to my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX3JYXadpDCvm25GGzfEyig
D. The URL of this blog: http://www.pacificascience.org/
II. My favorite quote from naturalist John Muir:
"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe."
A. In this class we'll focus on the science standards for NGSS that are the "overarching concepts" as well as a special focus on tie-ins with local science and how what we learn in class is connected with the larger world beyond our screens and books.
B. My personal goal - for Middle School - has always been to prepare students for the rigors of high school and instill a love and appreciation of science and the scientific process.
C. I would argue that now, more than ever, students - and our community as a whole - needs the process of science to navigate complicated issues such as our response to Covid 19, our environmental challenges, and the sustainability of our world.
III. Final word: While there are obvious challenges with distance learning there are also many opportunities for being self-directed, engaged students. Middle School is a time when students have more opportunities to explore subjects and interests of their own choice. Science class can be one of the ways we begin a lifelong adventure of exploration and discovery.
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