Science Content Focused Series


Science Content Focused Workshop Series

 If you are interested in any of the science workshops, please call

Ron Kahn at 245-4998 ext 304.

All workshops are designed for a full day experience.  Also, all workshops are designed to deepen teacher content knowledge beyond what is expected minimally of students and to stress the interdependence and nature of the sub areas of the sciences (Life, Physical and Earth & Space).   It is a critical goal to have each participating teacher know why they are addressing the grade level expectations and the scaffold they are creating for the future learning progression of students.  All content topics and instructional support will be adjusted to the prior knowledge of participants to the extent possible.

These are in addition to EBEC’s regular schedule of Science Kit Trainings for FOSS & Other and are to develop science content understanding for teachers.  General topics are covered and science (& whenever possible engineering/technology) practices-inquiry experiences are embedded in all workshops.

All sessions focus on:

  • Deepening teacher understandings of NECAP Grade Span Standards for content in the Physical, Life and Earth/Space Sciences
  • How to engage students in science practices (particularly inquiry skills) whether using kit based science or other science programs.
  • Embedding Common Core Literacy Standards to help develop argumentation skills through a “Claims & Evidence” Model” (Scientist’s Notebook) with a real world context
  • Math connections to the Common Core Standards for Mathematics through Science Content

Understanding the Physical Sciences

Part I

  • The measurement of matter – understanding units and tools that are used to understand the nature of matter  (although this is process oriented it is fundamental to understanding how we know what we know about the content of science)
  • Observing & Measuring the Motion of Objects
  • Temperature and Heat
  • States of Matter


Part II

  • Mass vs. weight
  • Waves as a model to explain sound and light phenomenon
  • Simple electrical circuits
  • Magnetism
  • Energy changes in form

Understanding the Earth and Space  Sciences

Part I

  • Physical Properties and Earth Materials
  • Understanding the interactions of water and air on Earth Materials over time.
  • Understanding the use of appropriate measurement tools in the Earth & Space Sciences
  • Solids, liquids, and gases phase changes-the causes

Part II

The water cycle from a large scale and molecular approach

  • The impact of the water cycle on weather and cloud formation
  • Temporal relationships in the solar system
  • Impact of technology on how we know what we know about the solar system and beyond.

Understanding the Life  Sciences

Part I

  • Fundamental understanding of the characteristics that define living organisms vs. non-living
  • Survival of organisms
  • Fundamental plant physiology and the developmental process
  • Life cycles of various plants and animals and the relationships to their structures
  • The relationships between structure, function, and survivability of organisms
  • Energy flow in ecosystems


Part II

  • Relationships within an ecosystem
  • The role of habitat on living organisms and overall ecosystems interdependency
  • Balance and stresses on an ecosystem
  • Physical structures of humans vs. other animals and their role
  • The senses and understanding some of the physiology involved
  • Heredity and human characteristics

Understanding the Physical Sciences

Part I


  • Physical Properties and why we investigate them (density, solubility, phase changes such as freezing point, melting point, etc.)
  • Mathematics skills to increase the understanding of graphical analysis and algebraic relationships (linear equations and inverse relations from graphs)
  • Linear motion and forces with particular emphasis on algebraic connections.  Friction, gravitation, etc. 
  • Physical vs. chemical changes, particularly relationships to conservation of matter, and molecular model
  • Heat energy and phase changes
  • Solutions, mixtures and pure substances-utilizing the atom behavior model 


Part II

  • The effects of multiple forces on the motion of an object
  • Electrical currents & Magnetic Force
  • Energy transforms effects in systems; mechanical-gravitational & friction, heat energy flow, electrical
  • Changes in electrical circuits and  how we measure them
  • Energy conservation
  • Processes of conduction, convection and radiation

Understanding the Earth & Space Sciences


Part I

Earth system processes and change over time with Earth systems

  • Changes in landforms and the forces that shape them
  • Weather and changes in climate
  • Slow processes of geological formation such as layer formation and the relationships to the Physical Science (i.e forces and energy relationships)
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Energy and the cycling of water, a planetary view
  • Long term affects on climate change

Part II

Fast process such as earthquakes, erosion, and volcanoes and the relationship to the Physical Sciences (particularly the role of waves and heat energy)

  • Global climate affects such as El Nino, deforestation, etc.
  • The role of forces and energy processes  such as radioactivity and sea floor spreading

Understanding the Life Sciences

Part I

  • Biodiversity
  • Organisms structure, function, and survivability
  • Reproduction as a fundamental process by which the new individual receives genetic information
  • Adaptations or behaviors in an ecosystem
  • Introduction to stability factors in an ecosystem
  • Asexual reproduction involving the genetic contribution of only one parent (e.g., binary fission, budding, vegetative propagation, regeneration).

Part II

  • Structure, function, and behavior roles in survivability
  • Biodiversity and ecosystems including stability  of an ecosystem
  • The role of energy flow in an ecosystem
  • Organisms have mechanisms that work in a coordinated way to obtain energy, grow, move, respond, provide defense, enable reproduction, or maintain internal balance (e.g., cells, tissues, organs and systems).

 High School Science Teachers  (or if designated by district-selected middle school teachers may attend)  as a District Leadership  Resource for Elementary & Middle School Science Content Support for K-8 Programs in the Physical, Life Sciences, Earth & Space Sciences –Session I


Focuses on developing a professional learning community (PLC) of science educators that understand ,and will serve as a resource in districts, for:

  • The foundational programs utilized in science districts at lower grades to establish student “prior knowledge” before they enter the high school
  • Deepening discussion of teacher understandings and possible misconceptions of content identified in the   NECAP Science Grade Span Standards 
  • How to support district K-8 teachers   in science practices (particularly inquiry skills) whether using kit based science or other science programs.*
  • How to help teachers at lower grades embed Common Core Literacy Standards to help develop argumentation skills through a “Claims & Evidence” Model” (Scientist’s Notebook) with a real world context
  • Math connections to the Common Core Standards for Mathematics