Friday, May 28, 1999
K-8 science curriculum is adaptable
At the May 18 Carlisle School Committee meeting, science curriculum coordinator Alan Ticotsky provided an overview of the K-8 science curriculum. He said he hoped the program was balanced so that every student would have a coordinated and consistent science program during their career in the Carlisle School. This type of curriculum encourages all teachers to become involved because of the writing aspect of the programs. The students express their ideas as they write about science projects and keep a research notebook. Science also becomes integrated in other curriculum units.
Included in the science offerings are units on the solar system, weather, rocks, habitats, electricity, ecology, a colony on Mars, the building of pyramids, and some principles of physics. The study of human body systems is coordinated with the police D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program and issues such as how to care for the body to promote health and the characteristics of heredity. It is important to have a spiralling curriculum, Ticotsky explained, one that builds and broadens the students' understanding of the interconnectedness in all elements of science.
Chair David Dockterman said the goal is to have the "ability to simplify the material, yet make it correct. There is some concern about supplemental articles and textbooks. It is tough for teachers who don't have training in the discipline to be accurate." Ticotsky responded that his approach is to teach what has been proven in the history of science; "What may be true today, may not be true tomorrow. The students must look into the subject of science in an inquiring way."
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