Science

6th Grade

Students will continue to use basic science equipment, process skills and the scientific method to solve problems. Units of study include: magnetism and electricity; energy, motion, gravity and other forces; biomes, food chains and food webs, focusing on birds of prey and dissecting owl pellets; and the ocean as a special biome. Every other year, they will also write a research paper.

7th Grade

Students will continue to use science skills and simple equipment to explore and solve problems, including those with independent and dependent variables. They will learn to use and make classification keys and work with live insects as well as write an insect research paper and make an insect collection. They will learn about seed-bearing plants, and compare and contrast monocots and dicots. They will design an environment for basil seeds which have been sent into space and compare their growth to seeds which remained on earth. They will have a unit on rocks and minerals and learn about the rock cycle, types of rocks, forces of the earth and fossils. They may study the basic concepts of light and sound. Every other year, they will participate in the school science fair including an interview of an expert in the field. 

8th Grade

Students will use more complex science skills and the scientific method to answer science questions. They will learn about the states of matter including:  solids, liquids, gases and colloids; learn to use the Periodic Table of the Elements; and practice simple chemistry including mixtures and solutions, pH and chromatography. Every other year, students will also write a research paper, and are encouraged to design their own experiment for the school science fair.