IB Course Description


Course Name: 8th Grade Honor Sciences

Course #: SC20

Grade Level: Year 3

# of Credits: One (1)


I.  Course Outline

IBMYP year 3 science content will be taught as outlined in the Mesa Public Schools Arizona Academic Content Standards, SCO9.

Throughout this course, IB students will be asked to reflect on their progress along the Learner Profile continuum, which includes becoming motivated and principled learners. Students will expand their global outlook through research, problem-solving, and communication.

Key Concepts for this course will include change, relationships, and systems.  Related concepts will include balance, consequences, energy, environment, evidence, form, function, interaction, models, movement, patterns, and transformation.


II. IB Aims and Objectives

The aims of MYP sciences are to encourage and enable students to:

  • Understand and appreciate science and its implications
  • Consider Science and a human endeavor with its benefits and limitations
  • Cultivate analytical and flexible minds that pose questions, solve problems, construct explanations, and judge argument
  • Develop skills to design and perform investigations, evaluate evidence, and reach conclusions
  • Build an awareness of the need to effectively collaborate and communicate
  • Apply language skills and knowledge in a variety of real-life contexts
  • Develop sensitivity towards the living and non-living environments
  • Reflect on learning experiences and make informed choices

The objectives of MYP year 3 are for students to demonstrate: 

  • Knowing and understanding
  • Inquiring and designing
  • Processing and evaluating
  • Reflecting on the impacts of science 

Outside of these, ATL (Approaches to Learning) is always present and helps students “learn to learn” with tools to enable them to become life-long, independent learners.  ATL skills include thinking, social, communication, and research skills.


III. Topics

Major topics for this course include the inquiry process, history and nature of science, science in personal and social perspectives, life science, physical science, earth and space science.


IV. Global Contexts


Global Contexts provide a framework on which to build each unit of study. The six Global Contexts will be integrated within the various units of study to reinforce the connections between sciences as it relates both to content and universal concepts.  The six Contexts are Identities and Relationships, Scientific and Technical Innovation, Fairness and Development, Orientation in Space and Time, Globalization and Sustainability, and Personal and Cultural Expression; however, of particular emphasis in this subject content will be scientific and technical innovation.  


V.  Internationalism

Students will realize the global perspective through participation and interaction in classroom discussions and activities.  Consider and study other cultural perspectives within each unit.  Reading current global events and having Socratic discussion.


VI. Teaching Methods

Teaching methods for this class incorporate study skills with such as lectures, inquiry-based research, Socratic dialogue, hands-on cooperative learning experiences, research projects and essays, and formative and summative presentations using a variety of modalities.


VII. Assessment

Students will participate in small and large group discussions, inquiry-based investigations, reflective and analytical writing, and long-term projects.  Students will be assessed in their content and skills knowledge through a variety of formats including ongoing formative assessment, written tests and quizzes, written reflection, research projects, case studies, oral and media presentations, and Socratic discussions.  Students for most projects will receive a rubric, linked to IB MYP assessment criteria, outlining the details of the assignment and the grading criteria based on a scale of 0-6 with 6 showing the highest level of achievement.


VIII. Texts and/or Resources

Holt Science and Technology textbooks

Relevant newspaper and magazine articles

Video and computer animations and simulations

Discovery Education

Outdoor environment

Arizona Game and Fish Department

PBS Learning Media

Mesa Public High Schools and databases