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 Science

Students engage in hands-on discovery exercises and research activities that focus on Earth science in this one-year, activity-based course. Units include the Earth’s structure and plate tectonics, Earth’s energy and resources, ecology, plant growth 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. Moreover, students are mentored and encouraged to complete an independent experiment and participate in our annual science fair. This course follows the CA state science standards and our district standards for science. The course content is expected to change over time as we align our standards with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Assignments and projects that are traditionally associated with the earlier standards may change as well.

7th Grade: Human Biology

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, living systems (skeletal, muscular, circulatory, reproductive and nervous systems, including the effects of drugs and refusal skills), and the physical science behind those living systems. Students study both the scientific and social aspects of human life. As students investigate and experiment through the units they practice expository reading and writing, as well as construct knowledge through exploration/manipulation of materials, inquiry direct instruction and discussion. Moreover, students are mentored and encouraged to complete an independent experiment and participate in our annual science fair. This course follows the CA state science standards and our district standards for science. The course content is expected to change over time as we align our standards with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Assignments and projects that are traditionally associated with the earlier standards may change as well.

(With the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the changing emphasis in our life science curriculum, our traditional cell model night is undergoing change and will be canceled as we mentioned in our back to school night presentations.  Within their science classes, students have been working to create analogies of the structures and functions of cell parts, rather than crafting those cell parts for display, which follows the thoughtful Next Generation Science Standards; Stay tuned as we continue to align our science standards in the coming years with NGSS.)

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, forces, energy, and flight), chemistry (structure of matter, the periodic table, reactions and organic chemistry), and astronomy (formation of the universe, galaxies, stars, our solar system, and moons/satellites). While investigating and exploring topics in these units, students practice expository reading and writing, data and math computation, and develop their understanding of the scientific method. Students construct knowledge through exploration and manipulation of materials, inquiry, direction instruction and discussion. Moreover, students are mentored and encouraged to complete an independent experiment and participate in our annual science fair. This course follows the CA state science standards and our district standards for science. The course content is expected to change over time as we align our standards with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Assignments and projects that are traditionally associated with the earlier standards may change as well.