The Indian Hill Schools science curriculum is designed to honor the
district mission statement, encompassing the following beliefs:
- We are a community of learners, including students, staff and parents who work together.
- Inquiry is the key to education.
- Individuals are constantly changing, and learning continues throughout life.
- Citizenship involves service and active participation.
- Keeping pace with technological advances and learning about and
accepting other cultures is essential to preparation for the future.
Our curriculum includes not only a sequential list of topics covered
in each class or grade level, but a listing of “big ideas” and
“essential questions”, activities, assessments, labs, links to Ohio
Education Standards and resources. They are meant to provide a new
teacher or a teacher new to a class specific guidance for inquiry
studies, ways to reach out to include community in school activities or
to perform activities that can relate to community issues and
differentiated instruction. Technology standards have been considered
and included in specific units, so that the teacher brings in
age-related skills at just the right time.
In preparation for this curriculum writing, National Science
Education Standards were also reviewed, and the curriculum coordinator
for science attended several curriculum seminars given by curriculum
experts at the 2007 National Science Teachers Association national
conference. Most science teachers at each school level were involved in
the writing of this curriculum, ensuring familiarity and adding more
expertise to the process.
It is our goal to not only meet the basic requirements of state and
national science education standards, but to exceed them by providing
our teachers with an easily accessible and revisable curriculum that
dovetails with the most current and successful strategies in science
education. This curriculum is designed to be constantly modifiable as
necessary, removing topics as they become outdated or covered at
different grade levels, adding activities that reach out to a more
diverse student population or are more rooted in current events, and
enriching with new computer applications. Being electronic, this
curriculum is accessible not only to teachers and administrators, but to
interested students, parents and community members.
Primary School - Grades K - 2
Elementary School - Grades 3 - 5
Middle School - Grades 6 - 8
High School - Grades 9 - 12