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Katy Independent School District

Secondary Curriculum and Instruction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Secondary Science 


Science curriculum and instruction provides all students an authentic understanding of scientific knowledge and processes, and teaches students to be critical thinkers.  The science curriculum drives instruction where learning is achieved through the use of inquiry, the acquisition of content, experimentation, reflection, and the use of current technology.  This type of learning is vital so that students will be able to apply what they know to new situations, enabling them to make informed decisions in the future.

​​  Guiding Principles

  • Inquiry based learning is taught through hands on investigations in the classroom and in the field.  
  • Leaning is applied across the disciplines and beyond the classroom.
  • Vocabulary is taught in context, utilizing multiple representations.
  • Laboratory safety is modeled and practiced in investigations.
  • Teachers and students use current technology for teaching and learning.



Inquiry is the process in which scientists learn about the world. It involves asking questions and designing ways to find the answers to problems. This method of learning science is key to producing a scientifically literate society.


What is STEM?

Stem cells? Strawberry stems? No, STEM education. Want to learn more? View the following videos to see what STEM education is all about.


​Interactive Student Notebook (ISN)

The ISN is a tool used for reflection as students learn about science. It is designed to mimic a scientist's journal and show the student's progression of learning throughout the year.

​Technology Integration with Vernier Probeware

 The diverse tools of technology have allowed our knowledge in science to grow at exponential rates. It is critical that students see the connection between technology and science. In Katy ISD, we have chosen to focus on Vernier probeware as one such tool.


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