Sixth grade science concentrates on developing an understanding of our natural environment. Students will use a variety of methods to develop an understanding of how the Earth has been and continues to be affected by living organisms as well as affected by natural physical processes. Students will explore heat transfer, plate movements, causes of natural disasters, chemical properties of matter, dynamics in the atmosphere, Greenhouse Effect and water quality. Ultimately, students will realize how science affects them as they affect the world around them.
Seventh grade science concentrates on developing an understanding of the way scientists carry out investigations of living things, especially other people. During the year, students will conduct lab exercises and hands-on activities, deliver presentations, participate in demonstrations, and discuss current events in order to learn about scientific problem solving and the challenges of studying humans. Along the way, students will study the placebo effect to reveal the amazing ability of our brain to affect our well-being. They will use microscopes to examine a remarkable variety of cells. Students will delve into the world of disease outbreaks, playing the role of epidemiologists to stop the spread of a deadly virus. Students will analyze their own traits as they learn about genetics and the characteristics we all inherit from our parents. Ultimately, students in Science 7 will develop a foundation for scientific inquiry that helps them engage in challenging and fun scientific problem solving.
Eighth grade science is an inquiry-based course that concentrates on the development and understanding of relevant and important scientific concepts and processes. Students are heavily immersed in the branches of science including chemical, physical, and space science. The course challenges students to explore issues and make informed decisions using gathered evidence, data, and research. Additionally, students practice and acquire essential skills that are necessary for success as they move forward to higher level science classes. Such skills include collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, analyzing and synthesizing information, generating and expressing ideas, and applying new learning. Ultimately, students will develop an appreciation for the power and relevancy of science within their lives and their community. By the end of eighth grade, students are fully prepared for their future science endeavors as all middle school science objectives are closely aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.