New Haven Public Schools



FROM:     Richard Therrien

DATE:     Jan 22, 2007



1) Discuss Q2 Assessments, instructions, questions, concerns. Timeline


2) Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute & Introduction of new Yale Community Science rep. Other Program: Peadbody, etc..


3) Overall lesson expectations: Learning Objectives, Written Plan, Thinking/Group/Writing Activities, geared towards INQs, and standards


4) CAPT Science Prep Plan:

    Writing Samples

    Experiment Practice: (Acid Rain, Yeast, Reaction) in Feb.

    9th Grade: Practice Test?

    10th-11th Grade: CAPT Review In Feb.

    Q3 Assessment Preview


5) Sample "Experimentation Skills" Lesson


6) Curriculum Work: Power Standards and order (Grade groups give feedback)



Thank you.



Richard Therrien






Quarter Two Assessment TimeLine:

Nov 7: Sample STS/Experimentation Questions

Nov 29th CIA: work on standards/ sample multiple choice questions

Dec 22: 1st deadline for submitting sample questions

Jan 9: Draft copy of Q2 assessments

Jan 16th: Finalized Q2 assessments:          

Jan 1-Jan 25 Teachers complete STS/Lab activities

Jan 19th: Preslugged scantrons handed out

Jan 22nd-Jan 28th Give Q2 assessments, along with midterm exams

Feb 2 Teachers return scantrons with corrected essays to Richard Therrien

 Feb 15? Results (with item analysis) available at http://data from NHPS computers



For Tenth Grade teachers. (Biology).

Jan 22nd:      High School CIA meeting with K-12 Science Supervisor

                  Review`-Science CAPT like quarterly assessments.

                           -Model Lesson for teaching experimental design. To be taught as a full class session the week of Feb 28th.

                           -Writing Prompt techniques.

                           -Content Review ( Earth/Physical Science Topics)

Jan 29th – Feb 16th

                  In 10th grade science classes:

                  Teachers: Finish State Science Content strands D36-D45.

                  PRACTICE open ended science questions on all strands:

                           2 a week, review rubrics with students

                  (Sample 8 questions with rubrics provided by supervisor?)


Feb 26th      High School CIA meeting with K-12 Science Supervisor Go over content review


Feb 26th – March 2nd      In 10th grade science classes:

Deliver experimental design lesson. (1 period) (9th, 10th, 11th grade)

Complete required CAPT embedded task: yeast growth

Review practice inquiry questions based on task (taken from Quarter 3 science assessment). (3 periods)

Use sample outlines to deliver content review of strands D1 – D26 from ninth grade. ( 1period) (10th, 11th grade)


Science teachers will be focusing on preparation for Science CAPT:

         -experimental design/inquiry

         - open ended response

         - content strand instruction.


9th grade:     Continue with required content strands, embedded tasks

                  Deliver experimental design lesson

                  Optional use of ninth grade practice test


11th grade    Feb 26th – March 2nd

                  Deliver experimental design lesson

                  Deliver content review



1.   Students will improve their ability to design and conduct science experiments. (INQ3)


2.   Students will be able to identify and use the concepts of dependent variables, independent variables, and controlled variables. (INQ4)





Levels of Inquiry:




Structured Inquiry


Guided Inquiry


Student-Directed Inquiry


Student Research




Sample Task:


Bouncing Ball/Falling Post It


Students are given a ball, a meter stick, and masking tape. (Post its and stopwatch)


Give pairs of students a few minutes to bounce the balls.  Ask them to:

1.   Observe carefully

2.   Think of things related to bouncing that they already know

3.    Begin thinking of questions they might have


Teacher leads a discussion of the following (one at a time) and records on chart paper or on the board:

1.   What did you observe?

2.   What do you already know about things that bounce?

3.   What questions do you have?


Teacher asks pairs of students to take a minute or two to discuss and identify a question that they would like to attempt to answer.


Teacher distributes packet titled “Our Scientific Investigation of ….”.

Our Scientific Investigation of




Names:     ___________________________                  Date: _______________






What do you already know about this topic?

















What is a question that you would like to answer?

Things we can change (or vary) on purpose  (Independent Variable)


     Write descriptions on sticky notes of things you can change (or vary) on

     purpose.  Write one thing per sticky note.  Place the sticky notes in the squares.





















Other things we can measure or observe (Dependent Variable)


     Write descriptions on sticky notes of other things you can measure or observe.

     Write one thing per sticky note.  Place the sticky notes in the squares.






















What is the question you and your partner would like to answer?  (You may have changed your mind about the question since the last time you wrote it)







Choosing Variables




We will intentionally change






                           (Choose one sticky note from the Independent Variable list)


We will measure as the result








                           (Choose one sticky note from the Dependent Variable list)


We will NOT change any these factors so that we can conduct a fair test (controlled variables)





Ask The Same Question

A Different Way


Choosing Variables/Properties


I will change:        (INDEPENDENT VARIABLE) 












I will measure as the result:           (DEPENDENT VARIABLE)







I will not change (so that it is fair): (‘CONTROLLED’)













I will not measure:




















Asking a Question and Making a Prediction


When I change:       (INDEPENDENT VARIABLE)



what I will change





what will happen to:       (DEPENDENT VARIABLE)



what I will measure




Write out the question you will investigate: 

When I change                                                                           ,

what will happen to                                                                    ?


Note:This can be stated as a hypothesis instead of a prediction if you have prior experiences or observations.



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Hypothesis = Educated Guess


Before doing the experiment, discuss with your partner what you think the answer to your question will be based on things you already know. 


We think that as we change the _______________________________________



in this way__________________________,

(independent variable)



the __________________________________________________

     (dependent variable)



will change in this way____________________________________.



We think this will happen because ____________________________________













Can you hypothesize (make an educated guess)

what the photographer actually saw?

The Design of Our Experiment


Scientists write a complete description of their experiments so that they can repeat the experiment and so that others can read their report and try it for themselves.









List of Materials We Will Use:





What we will do (steps of our investigation):











Number of times we will repeat the steps

(to help us see if we are being consistent):            ___________


What we will measure or observe (the DEPENDENT VARIABLE):






Data Collection


When we changed _____________________________,


we measured how it affected __________________________.



Sample data collection chart:



What happened (Dependent Variable)

 (include units of measure if appropriate)

What we changed on purpose

(Independent Variable)

 (include units of measure if appropriate)

Trial 1

Trial 2

Trial 3




































Do you have questions about how to make tables?


Graph of the Data


All graphs have a title.


Sample Graph



              What happened?

            (dependent variable)


                Include units of

              measure as needed
























                                             What we changed

                                                    on purpose

                                           (independent variable)


                                                   Include units of

                                                                                measure as needed

Are There Patterns in the Data?




When we purposely changed

                                                     (independent variable)






we observed that                                                   


                                       (dependent variable)





changed in the following way:








Use your data to support your answer:


We know this because _______________________________________________











Write a paragraph that summarizes your experiment.  You should include statements about each of the following in this order:

1.   Write the question you decided to investigate.

2.   Write a sentence or two explaining what you did.

3.   Write a sentence or two describing what you found out by doing the experiment.  Be sure to describe the data and patterns you found.

4.   Write an answer to your question and describe how you know.  Also explain whether or not your hypothesis was correct.

5.   Explain why your results are valid and reliable.


Word Bank


You should be sure to use these words in your conclusion:


Independent variable

Dependent variable

Fair test




























The Next Thing I Want To Know


When scientists conduct experiments, new questions usually come into their mind.  Did it happen with you?


The next thing that I want to know is:


REVISED DRAFT PACING JAN 22, 2007 for implementation 2007-08



Properties of Matter: D10,11,12

Carbon & Polymers: D13,14,15,16,17

Cycles: D19,20 (Water/carbon)

Energy: D1,D2,D3

Electricity: D4, D5, D6, D7

Energy Sources: D18,25,26

Environmental: D22,23,24



Characteristics of Living Things/Chemistry of Life (C5)

Biochemistry/Enzymes: D29, 27,28,30

Heredity: D34, D35, 36, 37, 38

Evolution: D40,D41,D42

MicroOrganism/Disease: D31,32,33,39

Population/BioDiversity: D43,44,45







chemicals/physical/chemical change


atomic structure

periodic table

electron structure







gas laws