All classes visit the science room twice a week, with the exception of the youngest classes, who study science in their classrooms once a week. Lessons are inquiry-based, and with two teachers in the science room, students are able to conduct many fun, hands-on experiments. Content includes rocks and minerals, the human body, water and its conservation, mammals (through a study of a bat species native to New York), force and motion, and an electromagnetism unit during which students build electric circuits.
Our young scientists eagerly take their burgeoning skills in the scientific method on field trips to local parks, zoos, farms, the Marine Basin salt marsh, and the Franklin Mineral Museum, among other locations.
In our dynamic and contextually rich social studies curriculum, we encourage students to ask questions, gather and interpret information, and be thoughtful in their analysis. Social studies at MMFS focuses on themes such as: cultures near and far, interactions with different cultures, impacts of globalization, forced migration, activism, and how and why communities develop.
Our approach is one of in-depth study rather than a broad sweep of information. Our youngest students begin social studies by learning about each other, their families, and the school’s neighborhood. Curricula expand and broaden in step with students’ expanding awareness of their world. Some social studies units include: New York and the Development of New Amsterdam, West Africa, Activism in NYC, Indigenous Peoples, Families, Parks, and Immigration. New areas of study are introduced regularly. Research skills are developed at all age levels.