6th Grade: FUNdamentals of Science
When sixth graders make the move to middle school, they are given the chance to explore science broadly. This class mixes a wide variety of topics. The nature of science figures prominently in this class, and students learn how to design experiments and carry out investigations. The scientific method is used as a tool to help students in this endeavor. During this class students also learn about a variety of topics and how to apply their science skills.
- Experimental design
- Scientific method
- Metric system
- Space, including the solar system, stars, galaxies, and the universe
- Physics, such as the basics of motion and forces
- Biology, including how life is organized and basic structures of life
- Physical and chemical changes
7th and 8th grade:
Two year cycle:
Students will become familiar with physics, chemistry, and astronomy. Students will also learn about the nature of science and the relationship between science, math, and engineering.
- Uniform and accelerated motion
- Laws of Motion
- Atomic and molecular structure
- Basics of chemical equations
- Types of chemical reactions
- Periodic table trends
- The solar system
- The universe
This class focuses on the interrelated systems that compose the earth. The class covers a range of topics, from the structure of the planet, down to the intricacy of local ecosystems and the structure of cells.
- Plate tectonics
- Lithosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere
- Life, including the defining characteristics of living things, cell structure, and genetics.
- Environmental issues
4 year cycle: