Clay Sherman of the NJ DEP discussed a flood mitigation project along the Hudson River.
The Middle School science program seeks to foster a curiosity about the natural world and a love of science. The program builds toward higher-level thinking skills using both formative and summative assessments. It aims to develop the knowledge, understanding, and skills that will appropriately support the development of students who are scientifically literate in our increasingly technological society. The theme of the Middle School Science Curriculum is “The Individual in the Natural World.”
The theme for Science 6, “Cycles of Matter and Energy,” is central to each of our three trimester-long units. Students study ecology in a life science unit during Trimester 1. Physical science is the focus for Trimester 2 as the students investigate the properties of waves, sound and light. During Trimester 3, students are introduced to earth science in a unit designed around our global use of water as a natural resource. Throughout the year, students continue to hone their observational and critical thinking skills. They explore each unit of study through hands-on activities which also emphasize the development of more science-specific skills such as data collection and analysis.
The theme for Science 7, “The Nature of Matter and Energy and Its Connection to Our World,” will continue into the Form II, Science 8 course. In Science 7 students develop the practical and research skills that facilitate the making of connections between life on Earth and our understanding of Science in the context of our expanding knowledge of the Universe. Students’ explorations into the nature of matter, the definition of life, and the historical development and application of scientific theories and laws, are designed to develop understanding of the physical and biological concepts that relate to our lives. The curriculum is centered on skill growth rather than the acquisition of specific facts.
The theme for Science 8, “The Nature of Matter and Energy and Its Connection to Our World,” builds upon the Form I course. In Science 8 students continue to develop the practical and research skills that facilitate the making of connections between Science and the world we live in. Students’ initial explorations into the nature of matter lead to a developing understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological processes that are relevant to our lives. The curriculum is centered on skill growth rather than the acquisition of specific facts.