Grade 6-8 Science Courses

  • Grade 6 Science

    Grade 6 focuses on the topics of Earth and Space Science. An outline of course topics is as follows:

    Unit

    Topics

    3-Day Cycles

    1

    Physical Science Introduction:

    ·         Lab safety, equipment, science practices, Claims, Evidence, Reasoning (CER) introduction

    ·         Density

    ·         Matter

    ·         Elements, minerals, rocks

    ·         Heat Transfer

    6

    2

    Earth Systems:

    ·         Earth’s interior

    ·         Rock cycle

    ·         Weathering, erosion, deposition

    ·         Plate tectonics

    ·         Earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis

    ·         Geologic time

    ·         Distribution of Earth’s resources, Effect of human population &resource consumption, Monitoring &minimizing human impact

    ·         Watchung reservation geologic case study (optional field trip)

    10

    3

    Weather & Climate:

    ·         Water cycle

    ·         Climates, ocean circulations

    ·         Weather data analysis

    4

    4

    Astronomy:

    ·         Seasons

    ·         Lunar phases

    ·         Eclipses

    ·         Planetary Motion

    4

     

    Grade 7 Science

    Grade 7 focuses on Life Science topics. An outline of course topics is as follows:

    Unit 1: Nature of Science & Scientific Inquiry (9 days)

    ·         Subunit 1 - The Nature of Science & Lab Safety (3 days)

    ·         Subunit 2 - Scientific Argumentation (CER - Claim, Evidence, Reasoning)  (3 days)

    ·         Time is also allotted for beginning of year activities with students [e.g., classroom rules, get to know you activities, notebook/binder set-up, etc.]  (3 days)

    Unit 2: Structure & Function of Life (15 days)

    ·         Subunit 3 – Characteristics of Life (3 days)

    ·         Subunit 4 - Cell Transport & Biomolecules (6 days)

    ·         Subunit 5 – Cell Structures & Functions (6 days)

    Unit 3: Human Body Systems (9 days)

    ·         Subunit 6 - Human Body Systems – Cells to Organism (3 days)

    ·         Subunit 7 - Human Body Systems – The Digestive System (3 days)

    ·         Subunit 8 – Human Body Systems - Human Body Systems – Nervous & Sensory System (3 days)

    Unit 4: Heredity, Growth and Development (15 days)

    ·         Subunit 9: From DNA to Traits (3 days)

    ·         Subunit 10: Modelling Inheritance (6 days)

    ·         Subunit 11: Growth, Development, Reproduction of Organisms (6 days)

    Unit 5: Matter & Energy in Organisms & Ecosystems, Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: (9 days)

    ·         Subunit 12: Ecosystem Basics & Interrelationships (5 days)

    ·         Subunit 13: Ecosystem Biodiversity & Sustainability (4 days)

    Unit 6: Natural Selection & Evolution (9 days)

    ·         Subunit 14: Evidence of Common Ancestry & Diversity (4 days)

    ·         Subunit 15: Adaptation & Natural Selection (5 days)

     

    Grade 8 Science

    Grade 8 focuses on Physical Science, which includes an introduction to both physics and chemistry. An outline of course topics is as follows:

    Unit

    Topics

    3-Day Cycles*

    1

    Lab Safety & Science Practices:
    Lab safety and equipment, Claims, Evidence, Reasoning (CER) introduction

    3

    2

    Part A: Forces & Motion:
    Describing motion, balanced and unbalanced forces, Newton’s Laws of Motion

    4

     

    Part B: Types of interactions:
    Gravitational, electric & magnetic forces, electric & magnetic fields

    2

    3

    Part A: Structure & Properties of Matter:
    Atoms, physical properties and changes of matter, pure substances & mixtures, synthetic materials and polymers

    3

     

    Part B: Interactions of Matter:
    Molecules, chemical properties & changes, signs of a chemical change, Law of Conservation of Mass

    2

    4

    Part A: The Energy of Chemical Processes (Thermochemistry)
    States of matter & phase changes, temperature & particle motion, endothermic and exothermic reactions, thermal & kinetic energy, transfer of thermal energy (conduction, convection, radiation)

    4

     

    Part B: The Energy of Physical Processes (Types of Energy):
    Kinetic and potential energy, conservation of energy

    3

    5

    Part A: Mechanical Waves:
    Wave properties & behavior, sound waves

    2

     

    Part B: Electromagnetic Waves:
    Light waves, colors, waves for communication

    2