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Level: 6th grade
Description: In Life Science, students explore the living world through the use of cooperative learning strategies, hands-on investigations, and laboratory experiences. After learning about cellular structure and classification, students explore organ systems in plants, animals, and the human body.
Level: 7th grade
Description: The 7th grade Earth and Space Science course consists of a vast number of topics, including the study of geology, meteorology, astronomy, and human impact on air, water, and natural resources. The curriculum is designed to develop critical thinking skills, as well as to nurture creativity and collaboration with classmates. Labs, demonstrations, modeling, and data collection provide a framework for inquiry-based learning. This course serves to lay the foundation for scientific understanding through the use of the scientific method, introduction of note-taking strategies, and the reinforcement of study skills.
Level: 8th grade
Description: Physical Science introduces students to the principles of matter and energy, which are emphasized by the study of chemistry for one semester and physics for one semester. Collecting information through measurement and laboratory activities, students explore topics, including the properties of matter, physical and chemical changes, the laws of motion, and simple machines. This enhanced hands-on approach is used to develop the basic foundations of physical science as well as to allow students the opportunity to recognize the connections between scientific concepts and their everyday lives. Physical Science challenges students to not only master concepts but also to use evidence to build logical arguments to describe the interactions of matter and energy. Physical Science provides a learner-centered experience and relies on collaboration in small groups to problem solve and develop models of understanding.