Science

Science - Grade 6

The 6th grade science standards continue to emphasize data analysis and experimentation. The concepts of change are explored through the study of transformations of energy, matter and basic chemistry concepts. The standards present an integrated focus on the role of the sunís energy inteh solar system as well as Earthís systems; the hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. Natural resource management and participation in a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) are part of this year-long curriculum.

Life Science - Grade 7

The Life Science course emphasizes a more complex understanding of change, cycles, patterns, and relationships in the living world. Students build on basic principles related to these concepts by exploring the cellular organization and the classification of organisms; the dynamic relationships among organisms, populations, communities and ecosystems; and change as a result of the transmission of genetic information from generation to generation. Inquiry skills at this level include organization and mathematical analysis of data, manipulating variables in experimentation, and identifying sources of experimental error. Science process skills and experimentation are emphasized. Natural resource management and participation in a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) are part of this year-long curriculum.

Physical Science - Grade 8

The Physical Science course stresses a more in-depth understanding of the nature and structure of matter and the characteristics of energy. The course places considerable emphasis on the technological application of physical science principles. Major areas covered include: the periodic table; physical and chemical changes; nuclear reactions; temperature and heat; sound; light; electricity and magnetism; and work, force, and motion. The Physical Science course continues to build on skills of systematic investigation with a clear focus on variables and repeated trials. Validating conclusions using evidence and data becomes increasingly important in this course. Students will plan and conduct research involving both classroom experimentation and literature reviews from written and electronic resources. Research methods and skills highlight practical problems and questions. Students will share their work using written reports and other presentations. Students are required to submit written laboratory reports and to conduct an independent research project that is experimental in nature.

Environmental Science - Grade 6, 7 and 8

Like other sciences, environmental science is a process of studying why things are the way they are and how things happen the way they do. In this course you might find the answer to such questions as: How can frogs give us clues about the quality of our environment? How can recycling help us save fossil fuels? How can the extinction of an insect cause severe damage to the rain forest? How can watering the lawn affect the water quality of a nearby stream? If you are interested in the environment in which you live and how you can help protect it, then this is the course for you. NOTE: Students should pair this course with another middle school semester course.

Weather Science - Grade 6, 7 and 8

The weather is something we all experience every day. What causes wind? Why it is so hard to predict the weather? How do clouds form? Why does the weather in the United States move mostly from west to the east? What makes a rainbow? How do tornadoes form? Why is the sky blue? Why is it hot in the summer and cold in the winter? How can computers help us make accurate weather predictions? Why are farmers so good at making accurate weather predictions? If you want to know the answers to these questions and many more, this is the course for you. NOTE: Students should pair this course with another middle school semester course.