K-5 Science Minutes
Sept. 15, 2008
Kristine BarrettŐs Room 1:00
The science committee will be looking at new materials this year to be purchased next year and implemented during 2009-10. A new goal was written and forwarded to the school enhancement chair.
Discussion involved the challenges of hands-on teaching while covering all strands of the curriculum versus just using a textbook.
The companies that the committee would like to pilot include:
Scott Foresman Science
Committee members visited websites to peruse materials available.
* K-1 = Quirkles http://www.quirkles.com/
* Houghton Mifflin http://www.eduplace.com/science/hmsc/
* Harcourt Science http://www.harcourtschool.com/menus/harcourt_science.html
* Scott Foresman Science
Websites with lots of links to science tools for elementary
After discussion about kindergarten and first grade needs, the committee decided to ask for K-5 sample materials from each company to review and compare, keeping an open mind about science materials that are developmentally appropriate.
The NWEA website was checked for science MAP scores to compute growth. After searching for the cut scores, the sores were recorded and reviewed. The Spring scores are up compared to the Fall but not according to the norms for Spring. A two or three point gain is made from Fall to Spring overall. Tracking the same class would be beneficial.
Denise came in and fielded questions from the committee about the piloting process and test scores. Materials will be ordered from each of the four companies listed above for grades K through 5 for review.
Meeting adjourned at 3:00.
Kathy Horan, recorder