MYP Years 0-1 Sciences &
Class Teacher: Nancy Flasher
MYP Sciences: Sciences in the MYP both prepares students for life as citizen scientists with a global understanding of how science is conducted and why it matters to Planet Earth. It also prepares students for the Grade 5 MCAS Science Test. Our goal is to inquire and care about how our world works and to be active investigators who seek out further understanding of this amazing planet!, both in our own backyards and across the ocean. We work in close partnership with the Center for Coastal Studies to monitor water quality in Provincetown Harbor each month and we investigate habitat through field studies with the Cape Cod National Seashore.
Following the Next Generation Science Standards, students study a mix of life sciences, physical sciences, earth & space sciences, and technology & engineering. Student work is assessed based on the 4 IB MYP Sciences Criteria: Knowing & Understanding, Inquiring & Designing, Processing & Evaluating, and Reflecting on the Impacts of Science. Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills are useful in life and learning, and are woven into all classes. ATLs include: Communication, Social, Self Management, Research and Thinking skills.
Year 0 Sciences: Students begin the year investigating how science works, who scientists are, and how science is a part of our everyday lives. They keep an observation journal and are encouraged to share observations and inquiries at home and in school. The Term I project requires students to build a collection of findings and inquiries.
Year 1 Sciences: Students begin the year by exploring scientists from around the world. They then move to a review of the scientific method and apply their knowledge to investigate and demonstrate an experiment of personal choice. Along the way, they are practicing research skills and articulating the scientific method steps imbedded in the presentations of their experiments.
MYP Community Projects Class: Community Projects Classes involve students in service learning activities in response to local and global issues, providing opportunities for students to put the IB Learner Profile attributes into action while building their understanding of international-mindedness.
Outside of class, all students are required to complete one weekly hour of service homework to help out at home and in their communities. Student work is assessed based on the 4 IB MYP Projects Criteria: Investigating, Planning, Taking Action and Reflecting. Approaches to Learning (ATL) are skills useful in life and learning and are woven into all classes. ATLs include: Communication, Social, Self Management, Research and Thinking skills.
Year 0 & 1 Community Projects This year we are combining students in MYP Years 0 & 1 for their Community Projects Class focused on caring for Planet Earth (reduce, re-use, re-purpose and recycle) and also caring for one another by raising awareness about food and water security Globalization & Sustainability are explored while we work with community partners from the Center for Coastal Studies, the Soup Kitchen in Provincetown, the Provincetown Renewable Energy and Recycling Committee, the Green Arts Festival, and the Cape Cod National Seashore. Students in Year 1 attend the Global Gateway program at Heifer International's Overlook Farm.
Year 2 Community Projects Year 2 students take part in the Cape Cod Human Rights Academy (HRA) which invites them to work with the Cape Cod Human Rights Commission and to also meet with Cape Cod middle and high school students while learning about Fairness & Development. We take a close look at the United Nations and the Declaration of Human Rights. Students are challenged to plan and implement a group service project which they present to the HRA in April. We work with individual community activists and the Racial Justice Group from the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House of Provincetown. Last year students raised funds to "Send a Girl to School" through Heifer International. The end project invites students to explore their individual sense of identity in this diverse world.
Year 3 IB Community Projects Year 3 students are responsible for meeting the IB requirement of developing a personal service project known as the IB Community Project. Last year's students partnered with individuals and organizations representing the United States Coast Guard, Black Lives Matter, Cape Cod National Seashore, Center for Coastal Studies, and Peaked Hill Trust. In May students present their research and service activities to a public audience gathered in support of their efforts.
All MYP students are encouraged to apply their interests and knowledge of our local cultural and natural history while hiking out to the dunes and staying overnight in the Ray Wells Dune Shack, maintained by the Peaked Hill Trust.