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Science is the active study of the natural and man-made world, including processes, structures, designs, and systems. Science students use their senses and tools to observe, record and analyze data about the world and to make conclusions based on evidence. Scientifically literate young people can understand basic science concepts, use skills for doing scientific investigations, solve technical problems, and design technologies for today’s world.

The Science Continuum

The main approach to teaching and learning sciences in the Primary Years Programme (Grades K-4) is through structured inquiry. PYP students are encouraged to investigate science by formulating their own questions and finding the answers to those questions, including through research and experimentation. In turn, students construct meaning and create models of how the world works through the development of scientific knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills. Scientific inquiry is central to teaching and learning science in the Middle Years Programme (Grades 5-10). It enables students to develop a way of thinking and a set of skills and processes that allows them to acquire knowledge and understanding. Science and its methods of investigation offer a way of learning that contributes to the development of an analytical and critical way of thinking. Inquiry is at the heart of MYP sciences and aims to support students’ understanding of sciences by providing them with opportunities to independently investigate relevant issues through both research and experimentation. The MYP sciences curriculum must be relevant to the interests of students, providing them with opportunities to explore the connections between science and everyday life. It is anticipated that students will become interested in and engaged with the role of science in the world. Through the investigation of real examples of the application of science, the “one world” objective allows students to gain insight into the tensions and dependencies between science and societal, environmental and ethical factors. Fridley High School offers multiple electives in science including various options for the Diploma Programme (Grades 11-12).

K-12 Science Key Topics


Life Science: characteristics of living and non-living things

Earth Science: season and weather

Grade 1

Earth Science: rocks and minerals

Life Science: animals and life cycles (Springbrook partnership)

Nature of Science: observation and recording data

Grade 2

Physical Science: force and motion

Physical Science: physical states of matter

Earth Science: meteorology and weather

Life Science: insects/plants and life cycles (Springbrook partnership)

Nature of Science: measurement and data collection

Grade 3

Earth Science: astronomy and the solar systems

Nature of Science: measurement and data collection

Grade 4

Earth Science: rocks and minerals

Earth Science: water

Physical Science: electricity and magnets

Nature of Science: investigation and measurement

Nature of Science: collecting data and communicating results

Grade 5

Physical Science: force and motion

Earth Science: landforms

Physical Science: ecosystems and biological change over time

(Springbrook partnership)

Nature of Science: creating hypothesis and testing for variables

Grade 6

Nature of Science: design and modeling

Nature of Science: scientific method

Physical Science: solar energy

Physical Science: energy, machines and motion

Physical Science: inventions, models and designs

Physical Science: levers and pulleys

Physical Science: mixtures and solutions

Grade 7

Nature of Science: investigation

Nature of Science: history and human interaction

Life Science: cells and biochemistry

Life Science: viruses, bacteria, fungus and disease

Life Science: scientific classification

Life Science: survival and hypothermia (Springbrook partnership)

Life Science: ecology and ecosystems

Life Science: animals-invertebrates and vertebrates

Grade 8

Nature of Science: inquiry and reasoning

Nature of Science: science and technology

Earth Science: composition of the earth

Earth Science: rock cycle, fossils, and natural forces

Earth Science: water cycle and oceans

Earth Science: atmosphere, climate, and weather

Earth Science: solar system and the universe

Earth Science: storms and natural disasters

Grade 9                Physics

Grade 10              Chemistry

Grade 11              Biology

                              DP Biology

Grade 11-12       Science Electives
                                   - Anatomy & Physiology
                                   - Earth Systems
                                   - Forensics
                                   - Space Systems
                                   - DP Physics
                                   - DP Environmental Systems             

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Fridley Middle School 7th and 8th grade students are proud to present Disney's Aladdin Jr, the spring musical! The show opens on Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m. in the Fridley District Auditorium, 6000 West Moore Lake Drive, Fridley. Additional showtimes include Friday, March 13 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for youth through high school, $2 for Fridley Student with ID. We look forward to seeing you there!



Each February, Black History Month serves as an opportunity for all to recognize and celebrate the achievements of African Americans - Fridley Public Schools honors the legacy of African American pioneers through a multitude of events throughout the February. On February 25, 2020, Fridley Middle School (FMS) hosted a first-time, student-centered Black History Month showcase for 7th and 8th grade students in the Fridley district auditorium.

The event was organized in collaboration with FMS Get Ready college pathways program coordinator Nura Hussein and equity and inclusion specialist Aloda Sims. “Together, we wanted to create a space and opportunity for students to feel valued and celebrated through their culture and heritage,” said Hussein. “We wanted this to be a celebration and something big for students to be a part of.”

“It was an excellent opportunity to provide a student-centered learning experience,” said Sims. “As an International Baccalaureate World School, we strive to diversify our students learning experiences and focus on global contexts. We want our students to be equipped with a well-rounded and diverse knowledge base that can prepare them and build them up for the future.”

The Black History Month event showcased several performances, beginning with the 7th grade choir singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Four Fridley High School students then performed an African cultural dance.

Students represent African American “Wax Figures” in history

The central feature of the showcase was an African American “Wax Figures” presentation, in which 11 students represented prominent historical figures, with the purpose of motivating and inspiring students to continue their legacies of greatness. African American leaders included Maya Angelou, W. E. B. Du Bois, Ta-nehisi Coats, musical genius Prince, and boxer and philanthropist Muhammed Ali. Students portrayed each historical figure, reciting their significant achievements and contributions to society.

Nia Keaton, a 7th grade student, was proud to represent Ruby Bridges, a lifelong activist for racial equity, and the first African American student to desegregate an elementary school in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1960. “She is inspiring and brave and it meant a lot to me to represent her,” said Keaton. “She is an icon and made a true difference. I felt proud to be part of this showcase because it’s our month, and we were celebrating it with the entire school.”

Eighth grader Nathan Gonzalez represented James Baldwin, a novelist and playwright who broke literary ground with the exploration of racial and social issues in many of his works. “I was definitely proud to represent him,” said Gonzalez. “He is a huge part of African American culture. It was awesome to have this whole assembly to celebrate the culture and history of African Americans, and to highlight the fight and strength that these prominent figures had.”

To 7th grade student Tabitha Johnson, representing the role of Mae C. Jemison was an honor. Jemison, who is an engineer, physician and former NASA astronaut, was the first African American woman to travel to space. “I was so happy to represent a woman who has achieved so much,” said Johnson. “She is an amazing role model and I hope to get the chance to meet her someday.”

In addition to participating in the “Wax Figures” presentation, Johnson knew that she wanted to write and present a speech. Johnson spoke on the pride of being educated, highlighting the strength and glory of those who came before her. 

In her speech, she stated, “Hear me when I say being black is a privilege; being a black student in America is an honor. Even though you may face injustice along the way, you can always overcome it. Just ask our ancestors.”


Students empowered by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity role models

To encourage higher education aspirations, Jareck Horton and Thomas Collins, two representatives from the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. led an empowering discussion. Omega Psi Phi is a historic African American fraternity. Sharing personal narratives, their educational journeys, and powerful advice, they engaged students as they spoke to them about overcoming obstacles, and knowing the value of higher education. Both Collins and Horton reinforced to their captive audience that even if there are obstacles and challenges in life, they can prevail through hard work, determination, and a sense of purpose.

“As a college and career readiness program, our aim is to create discussions about our students’ futures,” said Hussein, who administers the Get Ready program at FMS. “We wanted our students to hear and learn from and the lived experiences of our guests Collins and Horton, who really contributed to the impact of the showcase.”




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