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Science - Grade 6

The sixth grade Science course develops thinking and problem-solving skills through a variety of multi-faceted lab investigations and cooperative group learning experiences. Strands taught include: The Nature of Science (tools and measurement), Terminal Velocity - Motion (forces, fluids, energy, machines and work), Chemistry Introduction, Tectonic Fury- Earth Science (rocks and minerals, erosion and weathering, volcanoes and earthquakes, plate tectonics, fossils, geologic time, and some oceanography), Monster Storms (Meteorology and Atmosphere) and Watersheds.

Science - Grade 7

The seventh grade Science course takes students on a journey of the natural world, from the elements, which make up matter to the intricate web of the ecosystems which comprise our planet. Throughout the course students will apply the scientific method as they investigate introductory chemistry, cell theory, heredity, natural selection, classification, infectious diseases and ecology. Students will use their critical thinking skills to draw conclusions based on evidence. Fundamental to the course is uniting the topics of study to real world scenarios and events.

Honors Science - Grade 8

The eighth grade Honors Science course is designed for students with strong skills in problem solving, mathematical computation, and technological application. There are three main components that differentiate the Honors course from the Academic course. They include independent reading and writing, advanced inquiry extension labs, and in-depth application of mathematical processes and computation skills, particularly scientific notation.

As is the case with the regular eighth grade science class, this course will incorporate Physical Science (heat, magnetism, electricity, sound, light and a heavy emphasis in chemistry), Astronomy (astronomical tools, the planets, and the stars) and Ecology (marine ecology, rainforest ecology, species adaptations, and ecological careers). Although the breadth of content is similar to the regular eighth grade science course, the content depth, process, and product will be different. There will be a constant emphasis on higher-level critical thinking skills and independent thinking skills applied to a variety of tasks, including writing lab hypotheses, independent readings, planning and performing experiments, charting and graphing results, analyzing experimental data using mathematical applications, and drawing conclusions. Students will then apply these concepts and skills to solve real-world problems.

Science - Grade 8

The eighth grade Science course incorporates three strands of science. They include: Physical Science (heat, magnetism, electricity, sound, light and a heavy emphasis in chemistry), Astronomy (astronomical tools, the planets, and the stars), and Ecology (marine ecology, rainforest ecology, species adaptations, and ecological careers). The course emphasizes the steps of the scientific method by using a myriad of hands-on labs, national science standard software and problem-solving activities that involve analyzing discrepant events. All units incorporate individual and cooperative learning activities.

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