Sixth-grade science builds on the scientific concepts, skills, and processes acquired in kindergarten through fifth grade. Students will experience the richness and excitement of scientific discovery and the natural world as they study the role of the sun’s energy on the Earth’s systems, air and atmosphere, human interactions as they affect watershed systems, and basic chemistry concepts. The concept of change is explored through the study of transformations of energy and matter. A more detailed understanding of the solar system and space exploration takes students on a collaborative quest for knowledge and understanding. Emphasis is placed on development and use of an experimental design in scientific inquiry, use of the language of science to communicate understanding, and investigation of phenomena using technology. Laboratory experiences make up at least 50% of the instructional time and are the framework within which students can expect to study the key concepts.
Honors Science Systems 1
The sixth-grade life science course is an accelerated honors course that covers all the content in SC407 Life Science 7 and a portion of the SC406 Science 6 course. Laboratory experiences make up at least 50% of the instructional time and are the framework within which students can expect to study the key concepts. In middle school science honors classes, inquiry, analysis and critical thinking are central to instruction within the context of experimental design. Honors students at this level will apply the concepts of experimental design using research skills, incorporating the collection, analysis, and interpretation of quantitative data and will use such skills to draw connections between the subject matter and real-life situations. Research activities may be done independently or cooperatively.
Life Science and Honors Life Science (7th grade)
The Life Science course emphasizes a more complex understanding of change, cycles, patterns, and relationships in the living world. Students build on basic principles related to these concepts by exploring the cellular organization and the classification of organisms; the dynamic relationships among organisms, populations, communities and ecosystems; and change as a result of the transmission of genetic information from generation to generation. Inquiry skills at this level include organization and mathematical analysis of data, manipulating variables in experimentation, and identifying sources of experimental error. Science process skills and experimentation are emphasized. Students are required to conduct group and/or class projects that are experimental in nature. Laboratory experiences make up at least 50% of the instructional time and are the framework within which students can expect to study the key concepts.
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Physical Science and Honors Physical Science (8th grade)
The Physical Science course stresses a more in-depth understanding of the nature and structure of matter and the characteristics of energy. Principles of study include: the periodic table; physical and chemical changes; nuclear reactions; temperature and heat; sound; light; electricity and magnetism; and work, force, and motion. The Physical Science course continues to build on skills of systematic investigation with a clear focus on variables and repeated trials. Validating conclusions using evidence and data becomes increasingly important in this course. Students will plan and conduct research involving both classroom experimentation and literature reviews from written and electronic resources. Laboratory experiences make up at least 50% of the instructional time and are the framework within which students can expect to study the key concepts.
Honors Earth Science (8th grade elective)
Earth/space science course connects the study of Earth’s composition, structure, processes, and history; its atmosphere, freshwater, and oceans; and its environment in space. The course emphasizes historical contributions in the development of scientific thought about Earth and space. Earth Science stresses the interpretation of maps, charts, tables, and profiles; the use of technology to collect, analyze, and report data; and science skills in systematic investigation. Topics of study include plate tectonics, the rock cycle, Earth history, the oceans, the atmosphere, weather and climate, and the solar system and universe. Students are expected to use the scientific method to discover scientific principles. Laboratory experiences make up at least 50% of the instructional time and are the framework within which students can expect to study the key concepts. Honors students at this level will be able to design and implement investigations independently and/or collaboratively and student investigations will result in some product whose scope is to be determined by the teacher.