The Morris School District offers a diverse and dynamic curriculum in each of our schools. At the Pre K-5 level there is an incorporation of several topics within Life, Chemical, Earth, and Physical Science. Our K-5 science program takes a hands-on approach to learning about the world, fostering not only a strong base of science content knowledge but also striving to build upon the natural curiosities of young children and instill in them a passion for science.
The K-5 curriculum has been collaboratively created to meet and to exceed both state and national Science Standards. The science curriculum addresses the developmental needs of all of our students in order to develop higher order thinking skills as well as the application of key scientific knowledge. The curriculum was created using a “spiral” philosophy. The topics repeat, or spiral, every two years, with each visit to a topic building upon the prior knowledge and skills developed within that topic.
Our Science program is taught both within the homeroom and through the instruction designed by our K-5 Elementary Science Specialists. The homeroom teachers often incorporate literature that is rich in science content to support cross-curricular instruction.
During the middle school experience the courses build on the foundations established in K-5 classrooms. In the sixth grade, students study General Science. This is a hands-on course with content in Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science. In Life Science ecology and environmental pollution are explored. We also cover earth and space science. The Physical Science portion of the course includes matter and energy, basic chemistry and flight and space. Seventh grade continues on to introduce the student to the basic concepts, skills and attitudes involved in scientific study. Through a variety of independent units of study the student will be exposed to scientific methodology while completing appropriate laboratory and other hands-on activities. Emphasis will also be placed on an introduction to safety procedures in the science classroom/laboratory, an initial exposure to collecting, analyzing and interpreting empirical data, as well as developing a sense of appreciation and understanding of scientific contributions from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Throughout the grade eight experience students acquire the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will enable them to become scientifically literate citizens. The units of study include: “Physical Properties of Matter”, “Heat and the Kinetic Theory of the States of Matter”, “The Atomic Model”, “Elements and the Periodic Table”, “Compounds and Chemical Reactions”, “Mixtures, and Force” and “Motion”.
The Morristown High School scienceprogram is farmed by an innovative curriculum which was collaboratively developed by teachers and experts in the field with technology integrated throughout. As students progress through the physical and life science courses each student will develop an understanding of the complexity and ambiguity of empirical scientific work and the dynamics of science, technology and society.In addition to completing New Jersey’s high school graduation requirements, students have the opportunity to enroll in Advanced Placement courses which prepare students for rigorous college learning. As students progress through the sciences they are encouraged to extend reasoning and sense making habits, develop effective problem-solving strategies, be capable of monitoring their understanding and learn to work productively within a team thus exercising respect for a diversity of opinions.All of our students have the opportunity to develop life-long habits including the ability to self-assess, engage in critical thinking, extend creative approaches to problem solving, and become effective communicators who are capable collaborators seeking to discover and share creative solutions to 21st Century problems.