Stewartville Public Schools

2014-2015 District Science Curriculum Committee Members:
 Jon Severson, Jessyka Williams, Patty Nelson, Kenna Kreidermacher,  Dan Freudenburg, Dave Sklenicka, Kaysie Manion, Sheila McNeill

Goal: Stewartville Public Schools strives to assist students to intereact with the natural world through observation and experimentation, using the tools of science.

Curriculum Overview

Kindergarten teachers have developed an in-district science curriculum, which is directly lined to the Minnesota State Standards. All first through fifth grade classrooms are using a new science curriculum: Science Studies Weekly. The magazine-style format of this consumable curriculum closely aligns with Minnesota State Science Standards and is meant to be taken home on a regular basis and shared with parents.

In 6th grade, the Holt Physical Science curriculum is used to study physical properties, states of matter, mixtures and solutions, motion, energy and heat, force, and waves.

7th Grade Life Science uses the Holt Science and Technology Life Science text. Numerous hands-on activities are used to reinforce learning and concepts in this class. Students learn about the organization of living matter, from atoms to the biosphere. There is a strong emphasis on cell biology, human anatomy, and ecology. Students also cover the periodic table and elements.

In 8th grade science classes, students learn about the earth's history and structure, astronomy, climate, the water cycle, weather, and rocks and minerals.

9th grade Physical Science is designed as an introductory class in chemistry and physics. Topics covered include the scientific method, matter and its properties, atomic structure, chemical reations, motion, forces, mechanical energy, electricity, and magnetism. Special emphasis is placed on problem-solving and being able to describe scince in the everyday life. The textbook for this year-long course is Conceptual Physical Science Explorations, by Hewitt/Suchocki/Hewitt.

The Earth Science class increases students' knowledge of the world around them. Students learn about the processes that shape the earth. Topics include astronomy, hydrology, geology, and meterology. The textbook used is Holt's Earth Science.

Biology 10 is designed to give students an understanding of the interrelationships of all living things on earth. Topics covered include ecology, cell biology, metabolism, genetics, human anatomy, and plant and animal science. Hands-on labs and activities are an important part of this course, as a means to assist students in learning the important concepts and to develop thinking and problem-solving skills. Pearson/Prentice Hall's Biology textbook is used.

Chemistry is a concept-intensive course that will greatly assist students furthering their educations at the post-secondary level. It is designed for the general student body and is not as math intensive as Advanced Chemistry. The textbook used is Holt's Modern Chemistry. Advanced Chemistry is a lab intensive course designed to prepare stuents for college science classes. There is a strong emphasis on experimental design, technique, and publication. The Modern Chemistry text is also used in the class.

Physics is a year-long, activity-intensive course designed for advanced students who want to learn about matter, energy, and the various forces that exist in nature. Problem-solving is given high priority, and students spend most of their time working with others on labs and projects. Velocity, acceleration, forces, momentum, work , and energy topics are covered in the first semester. The second semester focuses on electricity, magnetism, astronomy, optics, and sound. Students should be comfortable using algebra and trigonometric functions. The textbook forthis class is Physics 7th Edition by Cutnell & Johnson.

Stewartville High School also offers AP Biology and Anatomy and Physiology. AP Biolgy is designed to the the equivalent of a college introductory biology course, covering biochemistry, metabolism, cell biology, evolution, biotechnology, plant and animal science, and ecology. Anatomy and Physiology is an in-depth study of the human body and how it functions from the level of the cell through the tissues, organs, and systems.