Science

Science - Grade 6

The 6th grade science standards continue to emphasize investigations. 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 in the 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.

 

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. 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. Students will plan and conduct research involving both classroom experimentation and research methods and skills. Students will share their work using written reports and other presentations.

 

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.