Science

Science

Science teachers: Jim Cox (Instructional Supervisor), Keith Casey, Lori Lester, Elisa Peters, Carolyn Fortino, Pauline Rodriguez, Mark Segesta, Annie Yount

 

6th Grade: Earth and Space Science

 

Students engage in hands-on discovery exercises and research activities that focus on Earth and space science in this one-year, activity-based course. Units include geology and Earth science, astronomy, weather and climate, and the scientific method. Students will be asked to synthesize their investigations and experiments through writing and through individual or group projects, and they will also have the opportunity to participate in fieldtrips. Students use inquiry and experimentation to build understanding of science phenomena and develop skills in reading, writing, and speaking. Moreover, students are encouraged and mentored to complete an independent experiment and participate in our annual science fair. This course follows the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) including the disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts and science & engineering practices.

7th Grade: Life Science

 

Students engage in hands-on discovery exercises and research activities that focus on life science in this one-year, activity-based course. Units include cell biology, genetics, evolution, ecology, and living systems (excretory, digestive, respiratory, muscular, circulatory, reproductive, and nervous systems, including the effects of drugs and refusal skills). Students use inquiry and experimentation to build understanding of science phenomena and develop skills in reading, writing, and speaking. Moreover, students are encouraged and mentored to complete an independent experiment and participate in our annual science fair. This course follows the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) including the disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts and science & engineering practices.

 

8th Grade: Physical Science

 

Students engage in hands-on discovery exercises and research activities that focus on physical science in this one-year, activity-based course. Units include concepts in physics (motion and forces), chemistry (structure and properties of matter and its interactions), energy, and waves. While investigating and exploring topics in these units, students practice data and math computation and add to their understanding of the scientific method. Students use inquiry and experimentation to build understanding of science phenomena and develop skills in reading, writing, and speaking. Moreover, students are encouraged and mentored to complete an independent experiment and participate in our annual science fair. This course follows the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) including the disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts and science & engineering practices.