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GRADE 6
In sixth grade, we live it up by focusing on the many aspects of Life Science. Units include Structure and Function, Systems and Organization, Relationships and Interactions, and Transfers of Energy. Through these units, we will focus on cells, heredity, evolution, classification, ecosystems, and human body systems! Emphasis is on hands-on, activity-oriented lessons that generate both verbal discussion and written observations to help students understand scientific concepts. Science will include a great deal of writing. Students will be asked to explain concepts, ideas, and opinions in various formats such as essays, creative writing, and even poetry.

Unit Pacing Highlights

Cells

September - October

  • Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells 
  • Plant and Animal Cells 
  • Cell Parts, Cell Energy 
  • Cell Interaction with Environment

Heredity

November - December

  • History and structure of DNA 
  • Punnett Squares 
  • Passing of Traits, Mutations

Evolution

January - February

  • Fossils 
  • Natural Selection 
  • Darwin
  • Speciation 
  • Common Ancestry

Interactions in the Environment

March - April

  • Six Kingdoms 
  • Classification 
  • Abiotic and Biotic Factors 
  • Symbiosis 
  • Adaptations
  • Food Webs

Body Systems

May - June

  • Body Organization 
  • The interaction of Body Systems

 

GRADE 8
The eighth grade science curriculum is the study of physical sciences. We will cover the basic concepts of physics and chemistry: properties of matter, state, structure of the atom, simple chemical reactions, the periodic table, forces in motion, work, energy and energy resources.

Unit Pacing Highlights

Scientific Method

Properties of Matter

September 

  • Laboratory Reporting; Metric System Measures
  • Properties of matter; Physical and Chemical change

States of Matter

Fluids

Compounds, Mixtures & Solution

October - November

  • States of Matter; Thermic Change; Brownian Motion
  • Pascal’s Principle; Bernoulli’s Principle
  • Compounds and Mixtures

Matter in Motion

December

  • Motion, Force, Friction and Gravity, Newton’s Laws

Energy & Conversion

Heat & Heat Technology

January - February

  • Types of Energy and Energy Conversion
  • Temperature, Matter & Heat, Heat Transfer

Introduction to Atoms

Periodic Table

General MCAS Review

March - May

  • Atomic theory; structure of the atom; molecules
  • Grouping Elements; Chemical Reactions
  • General Science MCAS Review

Bonding

Energy Resources

June

  • Chemical bonds and bonding; Electron configuration
  • Renewable and non-renewable resources; energy generation
GRADE 7
The seventh grade curriculum is the study of Earth System. We seek to integrate various fields of academic study to understand the Earth as a system. Students investigate the interactions between the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere (geosphere), biosphere, and heliosphere.

Unit Pacing Highlights

Scientific Method and Measurement

September 

  • The Metric System 
  • Matter, mass, volume, density

Atmosphere & Weather

End of September  - November

  • Convection currents within the atmosphere and hydrosphere.
  • Catastrophic Events – hurricanes & tornadoes

Introduction to Space and Elements

November - December

  • Brief periodic table overview 
  • Nuclear fusion in the sun

The Solar System

January - February

  • Earth, sun, moon relationships 
  • Seasons, eclipses, tides

Plate Tectonics 

March - April

  • Earth’s evolution 
  • Pangaea to Plate Tectonic Theory
  • Convection within the Earth 
  • The rock cycle.

Earthquakes & Volcanoes 

May

  • Convection continued 
  • Cause and effect of interior/exterior movement of Earth’s pieces

Geology & Green Energy 

June

  • Mapping Earth’s surfaces (rock cycle continued) 
  • Earth’s renewable and nonrenewable resources 
  • Alternative energy resources vs. fossil fuels