A2 Science

Adolescent Two Science

Anything else you are interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. - Carl Sagan

During biology 2014 – 2015, we will be studying Classification, Cells and Cell Structure, Cellular Respiration, Biotechnology, Photosynthesis, and Evolution all while keeping in mind our connection to the Environment. STEM techniques and inquiry based methods  are used daily in a three period lesson structure.   Long term projects include a year long phenology study of the Como Woodlands Outdoor Classroom, semester long scientific investigation, and others. 

Community Service Program: A 30-hour/year requirement for all A2 students Philosophy, Process, Procedures, and Due Dates: Philosophy: At Great River School we incorporate care of the environment and care of the larger community in both our curriculum, and in our graduation requirements in the form of community service. We want to foster the spirit of volunteerism and social activism in all of our students by allowing them to choose how and where they would like to offer their service. Process: Students are expected to discuss their community service choices and plans with their advisors throughout the year. Students are expected to reflect and report on their experiences in any number of ways (described below). Advisors and our Americorp Promise Fellow will be responsible for telling students about community service opportunities here at school, and/or through community partnerships we hold with other schools, organizations, and artists. Procedures: Time Log: Students will complete 30 hours of community service in ninth grade and 30 hours of community service in 10th grade. Hours will be logged on a "Time Log" during advisory. There will be time for this time log-keeping in Advisory. Communicating with Community Service Mentor: Advisors will verify community service hours by checking for the signature of a supervising adult for each community service activity. Students are responsible for acquiring these signatures. Reflecting and Reporting: Students will reflect and report on their community service experiences in any number of ways: writing, public speaking, visual art, photographic journalism, or another method they propose with their advisor. Important Note: Community Service Hours should not be confused with CAS hours. While some CAS activities may count toward community service, the two programs are not necessarily interchangeable. Due Dates: These are a helpful guideline for staying on track to complete CSP hours with time to reflect and report at the end of the year. Q1 End, Nov. 10: Students need to have discussed CSP plans with Advisors. Winter Break, Dec. 22: Students need to have completed the first 10 of their 30 hours. Q2/Sem. 2 End, Jan. 20: Students need to have completed reflection/reporting on hours completed so far. May 11: Students need to have completed all hours. May 20: Students need to have completed all reporting, reflecting, and time logs.

This inquiry based class encompasses several areas of Earth and Physical Science. Topics will include Astronomy, Minnesota Geology, Internal Processes of the Earth, Water Resources, Sound and Waves, Evolution, and Climate Change. Students should be ready to learn through lab experiments and field exercises. Students will keep a Field Journal (that can be purchased through the front office) for all notes and lab reports.