I Wonder: notice, ask questions, state problems
I Think: consider, gather information, predict
I Try: experiment, model, test ideas, repeat
I Observe: watch, examine, measure
I Record: record data, organize, describe, classify, graph, draw
I Discover: look for patterns, reflect, interpret, conclude, communicate
|Research tells us that students learn best
when they are involved in the process of learning.
This idea extends beyond just understanding content (the facts or
knowledge) to the process of science. The process of
science, of "doing science", is called inquiry based learning
or sometimes the called the practices of science. It is
important that any good science education program maintain a balance between
process and content.
The Central Bucks School District, utilizes a standards based, inquiry science program called Science Companion for our elementary science program. This program provides a wonderful balance between science content and science process.
Science Companion is designed to meet state and national science education standards, as well as best practices for science education. This program will also support our students as they demonstrate an understanding of science content and processes on the Pennsylvania science assessment.
Each Unit features: ExploraGear Kit, Teacher Lesson Manual, Teacher Masters, Assessment Book, Visual Pack (overhead transparencies), Student Notebooks, and more. Click for sample pictures of kits and print materials. Some units also have a student reference book. The purpose of this web site is to give teachers and parents a brief overview of the program in each of the grade levels. Please select the grade level that you are interested in by clicking below. Professional development will be regular and ongoing for Science Companion, along with internet and intranet support.