By Design: A Journey to Excellence through
Science is a new faith-based inquiry science program
for grades 1-8. For a complete program overview, click here.
To visit the Adventist Education By
Design web page, click here.
By Design is
innovative and multi-dimensional in content and organization by offering a
balanced and integrated development of science and health. It focuses on the
users’ experience so that all elements of the design invite, engage, instruct,
and motivate students and teachers to continue learning and building their
science knowledge, as well as strengthen their connections with their
The curriculum has
a strong foundation based on a 5-step instructional model. This
teaching model is used to promote inquiry-based learning and to stimulate a
natural desire for knowledge and better understanding of God’s
Capture students’ attention by a question that
relates to the concepts that are being introduced. Spark students’ interest,
determine prior knowledge, and focus attention on the content in the upcoming
Students participate in one or more activities to
explore the concept. This discovery provides students with a common set of
experiences. Students learn by performing investigations using hands-on
activities and scientific methods.
Students build their own explanation of a major idea, and
the teacher helps guide their understanding of the concepts. Students read
content and interact to develop scientific literacy.
Extend: Students extend and
build on their understanding of the concepts by applying the content to other
subject areas in order to develop greater depth of knowledge.
Assess/Reflect: Students complete an
activity that will help them and the teacher evaluate their understanding of the
concept presented in the lesson and chapter. Checking for comprehension and
understanding are ongoing throughout the learning experience.
View the By
Design program video.