The Windward School Science Program provides students with skills and strategies to ensure their successful transition into the mainstream science classroom. The use of direct instruction provides lessons and assessments that are consistent with the diverse learning styles, needs, and abilities of the student population. In addition, the program develops self-advocacy skills to promote self-awareness of individual learning challenges. The program also promotes peer collaboration to solve problems, build confidence, and expand students’ interest in the world.
The primary purpose of the Windward School Science Program is to expose students to various scientific concepts, as well as to quantitative, experimental, and analytical laboratory skills, methods, and procedures. In addition, since the students will eventually transition to mainstream school environments, the Science Program goals are consistent with the New York State curriculum standards. Students are provided with the necessary skills to move from the beginner and intermediate levels to the mastery level of comprehension, application, and integration of concepts. For example, the progression of laboratory work through the grades enables students to learn formal science skills and steps of the scientific method, enhancing their ability to grasp and conduct increasingly rigorous scientific inquiry. With the support of speech and language professionals, the program develops the students’ expressive language skills and vocabulary of science in a developmentally appropriate manner. Scientific reasoning and literacy are also promoted through a variety of reading materials used to introduce topics and support the science content throughout all grade levels.
- Grades 1 – 4 study topics from Life Science, Earth Science and Physical Science in a two-year cycle.
- Grade 5 classes study topics in Life Science and Physical Science. Students prepare Organism Brochures and build Junk Cars using simple machines.
- Grade 6 focuses on Earth Science, and students prepare a power point presentation in conjunction with the technology department.
- Grade 7 focuses on Life Science, and students create cell models.
- Grade 8 Physical Science includes topics in Chemistry and Physics.
- Grade 8 Earth Science is made up of a select group of students, some of whom will prepare for the New York State Regents Earth Science Exam and Practicum.
- Grade 9 Science students study the Living Environment with some students preparing for the New York State Regents Exam.