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
  • Measurement
  • 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
  • Ecosystems
  • Physical and chemical changes

7th and 8th grade:

Two year cycle:
Physical Science

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.

Physics:

  • Uniform and accelerated motion
  • Laws of Motion
  • Energy
  • Forces
  • Electricity

Chemistry:

  • Atomic and molecular structure
  • Basics of chemical equations
  • Types of chemical reactions
  • Periodic table trends

Astronomy:

  • The solar system
  • Orbits
  • The universe

 

 

Earth Systems

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
  • Ecosystems
  • Life, including the defining characteristics of living things, cell structure, and genetics.
  • Environmental issues

 

High School:

4 year cycle:

Chemistry

Physics

Biology

Geology