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The Grade 6 Science course is designed to be a “hands on” class to encourage interest in the fields of science. Students will learn through lab experiments, STEM projects, class discussions and other appropriate activities. Technology is integrated throughout the course through the use of computers, video and laboratory equipment. The main units covered are: nature of science, scientific skills, atmosphere, space and earth cycles, climate. Cells and Human Body systems: circulatory, respiratory, muscular and skeletal systems. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of science as a field of study and also as a process. The skills of inquiry, making observations and inferences, creating and conducting fair and reliable tests/ experiments and using the tools of measurement are all explored and developed. Students will continue to apply these skills throughout the year in lab and classroom settings so they are prepared to move to science in seventh grade. Content is taught using engineering standards.
The Grade 7 Science course continues to focus on the work of scientists. The specific topics of studies are developing science process skills through units in ecology and environment with a focus on coral reef ecosystems; atomic structure and chemical changes with an introduction to chemistry, as well as geology. Through hands-on activities and labs, students explore these topics while developing skills of observation, analysis, teamwork and scientific thinking. Students will learn through lab investigations, projects, class discussions, readings and other appropriate activities.
The Grade 8 science course consists of five units of study. The first unit focuses on motion, forces and basic Newtonian mechanics. The second unit involves wave behavior with particular regard to sound waves and electromagnetic radiation. The third unit examines near-Earth astronomy including lunar and solar relationships, as well as the formation and evolution of the Solar System. The fourth unit introduces students to the study of genetic material and heredity. The final unit will build upon the concepts from the fourth unit as students consider evidence that the process of evolution has produced the wide variety of observed life forms. Throughout the year, emphasis will be placed on the development of student skills that will prepare them for the transition to the High School science program. Students will learn through lab investigations, projects, class discussions, readings and project-based activities. An emphasis will be placed upon the skill of modeling scientific concepts.