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Rainshadow CCHS Fall 2009 ID Science 4A Syllabus

This course is a synthesis of the role of the sciences in interdisciplinary inquiry with an emphasis on the relationships between Science, Technology, and Society.

Course Description: This culminating RS Science course provides synthesis of the role of the sciences in interdisciplinary inquiry with an emphasis on the relationships of science, technology, and society. It presents a historical overview of science and provides discussion of overarching science concepts such as systems, models, risk, prediction, and applications of science. This course delivers Rainshadow and State of NV Standards for grade 12 and prepares students to use science as a tool in careers, higher education, and life.

Course Aims and Objectives for this 9 Weeks:

Upon completion of this 9 week unit, students will;

- Take an interdisciplinary perspective in studying the role of sciences in the physical world.

- Analyze such issues as biodiversity, ecosystems, and Nevada ecology.

- Use science as a tool for prediction to explore global issues and problems.

- Form a sense of their personal uses of science and technology in everyday life.

- Connect science inquiry to inquiry and values in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Requirements:

- participation in classroom activities every day.

- record of daily activities, current events, notes, and vocabulary flash cards.

- completed portfolio of assignments. (see requirements below)

- completed projects, presentations, quizzes, and exams.

- completed Science Fair Project.

Week / Dates

Monday

Wednesday

1) Aug. 31, Sept 2

School rules and regulations. Course intro and class expectations. Course syllabus and website.

Intro to the scientific method and Rainshadow’s first annual science fair. Gather science fair project ideas. What is STS?

2) Sept. 7, 9

No School: Labor day

Intro to the scientific method. Deductive reasoning project.

3) Sept. 14, 16

No School: Professional Development Day

Scientific inquiry and the scientific method. Finding ideas for your science fair projects.

4) Sept. 21, 23

The science, technology, and society links in human health and nutrition. Intro to food and medicine

Proper nutrition and your food intake: begin food journal project.

5) Sept. 28, 30

Sicko and the American health care system. What is the big deal with health insurance?

Finish Sicko and discuss. Any solutions to the problems that we learned about?

6) Oct. 5, 7

No School: Professional Development Day

Past and modern medical technologies. Bill Nye the Science Guy video.

7) Oct. 12, 14

Medical technology project.

Finish medical technology projects and present.

8) Oct. 19, 21

Intro to the biochemistry and drugs project.

Biochemistry project work.

9) Oct. 26, 30

Biochemistry project presentations.

Intro to food ingredients and additives.

10) Nov. 2, 4

Food ingredients brochure project.

Finish food ingredients brochures.

11) Nov. 9, 11

Intro to foodborne illness and food forensics. Food science video.

No School: Veterans Day

12) Nov. 16, 18

Food forensics project work.

Finish foodborne illness projects. Present.

13) Nov. 23, 25

Food chemistry lab.

End food journal project (just before Thanksgiving!). Analyzing our results. Where to cut back and what we lack?

14) Nov. 30, Dec. 2

Intro to modern food technology and genetic manipulation.

What are GMOs? Collecting information to make an informed decision.

15) Dec. 7, 9

More on GMOs and modern agriculture.

Taking sides and making informed decisions about the food we eat.

16) Dec. 14, 16

GMOs debate.

Finishing our science fair projects.

17) Jan. 4, 6

Putting the finishing touches on our science fair projects. In-class mini science fair.

Mini-science fair project evaluations.

18) Jan. 11, 13

Course review and final exam study guide.

Final Exam.

19) Jan. 18, 20

No School: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Last class. Course reflection. Updating the science section of your Rainshadow Portfolio.

Grading Policy and Assessment:

This class will be based on an approximately 2,500 point system

for the 19 week period. Point Breakdown:

Attendance and Participation 500 points Complete Folder of Work 500 points - includes classwork, projects, and lab exercises. Major Projects, Presentations, Quizzes, & Exams 500 points Science Fair Project 500 Literacy Course 500

Portfolio Contents: You will maintain a folder to be kept in-class with all of the assignments that you complete for this class. You will also be required to maintain an online portfolio for each of your Rainshadow classes where many of your assignments will be saved. At the end of the semester you will complete your modified online school portfolio that will showcase all of your best work from this course. Work done in this class should be included in the science section of your comprehensive Rainshadow Portfolio.

Interdisciplinary Science 4A & B

This course explores science as a means of interdisciplinary inquiry with an emphasis on the relationship between science, technology, and society.

This Senior-level Rainshadow science course provides synthesis of the role of the sciences in interdisciplinary inquiry with an emphasis on the relationships of science, technology, and society. It presents a historical overview of science and provides discussion of overarching science concepts such as systems, models, risk, prediction, and applications of science. Delivers Rainshadow & State of Nevada standards for Environmental science prepares students to use science as a tool in careers, higher education, and life.

Objectives

Students will…

…take an interdisciplinary perspective in studying the role of sciences in the

physical world.

S1 (P.12.B.1-4) Forces and Motion: laws of motion, gravity, machines, pressure, density, buoyancy, electricity, and magnetism. S2 (P.12.A.1-9) Structure of Matter: physical properties, chemical bonding, atomic theory, systems of particles, molecular theory. S3 (P.12.C.1-6) Energy and Matter: energy forms, changes of state, heat and temperature, waves, circuits, changes in systems. S4 (P.12.A.1-9) Chemical Reaction: conservation of matter, rates of reaction, transformation of matter, chemical properties. S5 (P.12.C.1-6) Nuclear and Electromagnetic Energy: behavior of light, nuclear applications, nuclear waste disposal, electromagnetic energies.

…analyze such issues as biodiversity, ecosystems, and Nevada ecology.

S6 (L.12.B.1-3) Structure and Function: life cycles and disruption, equilibrium, cellular organization, environment, plant structures S15 (L.12.C.1-4) Ecosystems: biodiversity and ecosystems, cycles of matter and energy, food webs, Nevada bioregions

…use science as a tool for prediction to explore global issues and problems.

S16 (E.12.C.1-5) Natural Resources: consequences of resource use, recycling processes, careers, use of natural resources, depletion, environmental degradation. S17 (N.12.B.1-4) Conservation: analyze and evaluate consumption patterns, conservation efforts, equilibriums, environmental issues, global concerns, trade offs, responsible behavior.

…form a sense of their personal uses of science and technology in everyday life.

S19 (N.12.A.1-6) Reasoning and Critical Response Skills: evaluate data, credibility of sources, cost/benefits analysis, system analysis, hypotheses, laws, theories, rules, generalization, assumption, analogy models.

…connect science inquiry to inquiry and values in the arts, humanities, and social

sciences.

S20 (N.12.A.1-6) Systems, Models, Risk, Prediction: mathematical models, predictions, systems, statistical modeling, risk analysis S21 (N.12.A.1-6) Values and Attitudes: curiosity, honesty, skepticism, reproducing results, multiple explanations S22 (N.12.A.1-6) Communication: follow experimental procedures, use tables and charts, participate in group discussions, making arguments and claims

**Complete a Science Fair Project**