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Terri Cooney, Program Supervisor

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Supervisor's Message

The Next Generation Science Standards have changed the way in which we teach science forever. In the scientifically literate world we are in, students need to be able to use their knowledge of science content and apply it to their everyday lives. Rather than just learning the facts, students are going beyond the textbook and applying their knowledge of the world around them into their new learning experiences. Students are engaged in science topics through inquiry that captivates their desire to understand phenomena all around them. Our students harness the power of technology to design models, use simulations to gain three dimensional perspectives, and communicate scientific knowledge that can lead to creative and unique solutions. Our classrooms are designed to provide student choice when investigating phenomena to support or refute a claim. Students are encouraged to use tools from pennies to iPADS, from feathers to bricks, or from water to soil to make sense of these wonderings. These tools open students minds to endless possibilities or help to explain the unexplainable. Our goal is to inspire our learners to see the world around them through a whole new lens.

Our aspiring scientists continue their journey of discovery beyond their classroom walls. Parents are encouraged to investigate phenomena with their children. Support them as they continue their quest to understand the why’s and how’s of the world such as, “Why is the moon sometimes out during the day?”, “Do seasons happen at the same time around the world?”, “Does everything have a scent?”, or “Why are there time zones?”. By using items located in and around the house, students can continue to explore and discover the meaning behind some of the “why’s” and the “how’s”.

The Howell Township Science curriculum is built on the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, also known as Next Generation Science Standards. Our learning environments include collaboration and hands-on experiences deeply rooted in inquiry and discovery that will have opportunities for students to identify problems and design solutions. The three distinct dimensions to learning science provide students with opportunities to engage in and develop a deeper understanding of phenomena.

Parents are encouraged to read the following links from the NJ Department of Education regarding the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science: