IB MYP Sciences                                          

    Level: 0 (5thGrade)



    Upper St. Clair School District

    2017 - 2018


    Boyce Middle School

    International Baccalaureate

    Middle Years Program


    Mr. McCullough



    Mr. Nicklas      snicklas@uscsd.k12.pa.us



    1500 Boyce Road

    Pittsburgh, PA 15241

    Telephone:  (412) 833-1600





    IB MYP Sciences curriculum allows students to understand the world by weaving together content knowledge with inquiry.  Students will work collaboratively to develop tools to understand the world while asking questions as scientists do.  The integrated curriculum allows students to study the relationship of the curriculum and the natural world.


    Throughout this course students will work toward developing the qualities of the IB Learner Profile through the course curriculum. IB Learners strive to be:  Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers,Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced, and Reflective.


    A strong emphasis will be placed on the MYP fundamental concepts.

    o  Holistic- Holistic learning connects the class topics and provides a global view of issues. Holistic learning allows students to become aware that knowledge is an interrelated whole and the relevance of learning.

    o Intercultural- Intercultural awareness focuses on developing students’ skills, knowledge and skills as they learn about other cultures.  Examining multiple perspectives helps to foster respect and tolerance.

    o Communication- Communication supports inquiry and understanding and is fundamental to student expression and reflection.  Language acquisition is emphasized and allows students to explore many forms of expression.



    ·      I can develop inquiring minds and curiosity about science and the natural world.

    ·      I can acquire knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills to solve problems and make in formed decisions in scientific and other contexts.

    ·      I can develop skills of scientific inquiry to design and carry out scientific investigations and I can evaluate scientific evidence to draw conclusions.

    ·      I can communicate scientific ideas, arguments and practical experiences accurately in a variety of ways.

    ·      I can think analytically, critically and creatively to solve problems, judge arguments and make decisions in scientific and other contexts.

    ·      I can appreciate the benefits and limitations of science and its application in technological developments.

    ·      I can understand the international nature of science and the interdependence of science, technology and society, including the benefits, limitations and implications imposed by social, economic, political, environmental, cultural and ethical factors.

    ·      I can demonstrate attitudes and develop values of honesty and respect for themselves, others, and their shared environment.





    Microworlds – 1st Nine Weeks

    305-01Conduct controlled experiments by gathering and organizing data.

    305-02Conduct controlled experiments by making predictions, using graphs and communicating results.

    305-03Observe and describe characteristics of an object.

    305-04Use the scientific process (FERA) to investigate magnifying devices.

    305-05Identify characteristics of magnifying lenses (concave, transparent).

    305-06Apply knowledge of magnification to use and understand a microscope.

    305-07Demonstrate the proper use of microscopes and slide preparation with the use of various specimens.

    305-08Label  the parts of a microscope.

    305-09Define microbe, microorganism, microscope.

    305-10Identify  characteristics of microorganisms (volvox, blepharisma, vinegar eel).

    305-11 Describe contributions made to microscopy by Robert Hooke and Anton Leeuwenhoek.


    History of the Earth – 2nd Nine Weeks

    305-12 Identify the agents of physical/mechanical, chemical weathering and the factors that affect their rate.

    305-13 Demonstrate the three agents of erosion.

    305-14 Label the layers of the earth and organize the composition and characteristics of each layer.

    305-15 Investigate the theory of plate tectonics and research supporting evidence and illustrate the four ways the plates move.

    305-16  Explain the contributions of Alfred Wegener and his Theory of Continental Drift.

    305-17  Define Pangaea.

    305-18  Identify the importance of magnetic polereversal in studying plate tectonics.

    305-19  Describe and define the Ring of Fire.

    305-20  Identify the three main types of boundaries as divergent, convergent and transform.

    305-21  Describe and give examples of hot spots.

    305-22 Determine and demonstrate the cause/effect of earthquakes and identify the tools aseismologist uses to measure them.

    305-23 Identify the tools a seismologist uses to measure earthquakes (seismograph).

    305-24 Label and identify the parts of a volcano.

    305-25 Describe the stages of volcanic eruptions.

    305-26Identify the tools and techniques a volcanologist uses to detect and examine volcanic eruptions.

    305-27 Identify,compare and contrast the three main rock types.

    305-28 Label andexplain the four main stages of the rock cycle.



    Chemistry – 3rd Nine Weeks

    305-29 Define matter and describe its three states.

    305-30 Define and give examples of physical properties.

    305-31 Define and give examples of chemical properties.

    305-32 Construct a model of an atom.

    305-33 Identify protons, electrons, and neutrons and give characteristics each.

    305-34 Describe and explain the characteristics of various elements.

    305-35 Investigate the properties of heat and the effect on matter.

    305-36 Investigate the effect of heat on matter.

    305-37 Describe how and why matter changes state.

    305-38 Investigate chemical changes.


    Space – 4th Nine Weeks

    305-39 Describe the history of the space program.

    305-40 Identify the cause of the phases of the moon.

    305-41 Identify the phases of the moon.

    305-42 Explain the universal law of gravitation (size of object and distance)

    305-43 Identify the causes of tides.

    305-44 Investigate and identify the factors affecting the appearance of impact craters and ejecta and its various parts.

    305-45 Investigate the laws of inertia.

    305-46 Identify and give characteristics of a asteroid.

    305-47 Identify and give characteristics of a comet.

    305-48 Identify and give characteristics of a meteor, meteorite, meteoroid.

    305-49 Apply knowledge of NASA and space terms to participate in the Challenger mission.










    Instructional Units



    AOI focus

    Assessment Criteria

    Inquiring Minds what to Know


    Scientific Method


    How can I find the answers to my questions?

    Human Ingenuity

    Criterion D:  Scientific Inquiry



    Magnify IT!



    What can I create to help me magnify an object?


    Criterion E: Processing Data



    It’s Alive!!!


    History Of the Earth

    How can I determine if the Earth was one giant landmass?

    Community and Service

    Criterion A: One World


    Up, Up and Away


    Do I think the Space Program is worth it?


    Criterion B:  Communication in Science




    Hydrogen, Helium, Lithium, Oh My!!!



    How does chemistry affect my everyday life?

    Health and social education

    Criterion C: Knowledge and Understanding of Science






    Microworlds: asset kit, History of the Earth and Chemistry: Teacher made materials and activities,Space: Wheeling Jesuit Science Center materials and guide - Teacher made materials and activities




    The methodology used in the class includes Inquiry-based laboratory experiments,group work and activities, grade level readings related to subject matter,interactive technology experiences and demonstrations, vocabulary building,individual reflection on concepts learned, research projects and papers, and homework assignments connecting concepts to everyday life.




    Students will complete a variety of formative assessments including labs, quizzes, tests, projects, homework, daily work, presentations and work characteristics (behavior, respect, cooperation,following directions, participation, and the ability to work independently). Students will be provided rubrics that were modified from the IB MYP assessment criteria. There will be a final exam after each nine weeks.


    The overall evaluation will be given by comparing the achievement to the ability level.  The evaluation will be O (outstanding), G(good), S (satisfactory), and N (needs improvement).