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Science

The sciences in the middle school provide hands-on-experiences in earth science, life science, and physical science. Students participate fully in the process of science by learning to analyze data and discuss and interpret results. Skills of data analysis become more polished as various technologies are integrated at each level.

Class 6

The Class 6 science course focuses on natural processes that take place in the Earth’s surface. Through their work in and out of the science lab, students study the atmosphere, weather, climate, fresh and salt water, erosion, mineral formation, and some chemistry.  All classes are lab and skills based. Students complete a lab at least every other week, work on lab, writing, and graphing skills extensively.

Topics:

Basic chemistry
Matter - Mass, volume, density
States of matter
Atomic structure & Periodic table
Basics of bonding

Water, Weather, & Climate
Atmosphere
Climate change & global warming
Weather patterns
Weather forecasting
Rivers & Oceans

Topography
Erosion and Deposition
Interpreting Maps

Class 7

In Class 7, students focus on the study of Life Science (Biology) which investigates the diversity, complexity, and interconnectedness of life on earth. In this course, the emphasis changes from observation and description of individual organisms to the development of a more connected view of biological systems. Students begin to study biology at the microscopic level, without delving into the biochemistry of cells. They also use mathematics to calculate growth rates, derive averages and ranges, and represent data graphically to describe and interpret ecological concepts. Coding is used in conjunction with the STEM class in order to interpret and manipulate computer models. Using these simulations, students investigate biological concepts that occur over both very large and very small spatial and chronological scales. All classes are lab and skills based. Students complete a lab at least every other week, work on lab, writing, and graphing skills extensively.

Topics:

Introduction to Life Science
Scientific Method
Characteristics of Life
Energy in living things
Homeostasis

Cell Theory and Diffusion
Cell Organelles
Eukaryotic vs. Prokaryotic cells
Cell Division
Diffusion and Osmosis

Genetics
DNA
Mendelian Genetics
Heredity

Evolution and Ecology
Mechanisms for Evolution
Classification of Life on Earth
Food Webs/ Food Chains
Ecosystems and Biomes

Class 8

Class 8 science is focused on Physical Science. The history of astronomy is covered with an eye to student’s understanding what purpose observatories serve and the relevance of science in both the past and present. In order to give context to the astronomy studied, students explore the laws of physics and apply those concepts to a variety of engineering projects. All classes are lab and skills based. Students complete a lab at least every other week, work on lab, writing, and graphing skills extensively.

 

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