Science

Philosophy

The Altoona Area School District's Elementary Science Program focuses on helping students develop basic scientific concepts, skills, and responsible attitudes for life-long living. The Elementary Science Program encourages students to question and explore their world.

The Elementary Science Program provides a variety of learning experiences that promote students' understanding of life science, earth and space science, physical science, technology and the environment through active participation.

Students need to be provided with opportunities that explore varying interests and ability levels. Through the study of science students should experience success while developing higher order thinking skills and strategies.

The Science Program also provides students with an appreciation of the career opportunities and the people who make significant contributions to science. Technological advances made in science are also explored.

Goals
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of science process skills such as observation, inference, prediction and other problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the special needs and life cycles of living things.
  • Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and appreciation for the environment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills and understanding of concept generalizations related to the study of the earth including its land composition, its water systems, its air and weather.
  • Develop knowledge, skills and understanding of concept generalization and principles concerning the study of physical science including energy and forces.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of concept generalizations and principles concerning the study of the solor system and the universe.
  • Develop knowledge, understanding and appreciation for people who contributed to the development of science and for careers that contribute to modern technology and life.