6th Grade Comp. Science 1

Comprehensive science 1 is the first in a series of three consecutive science classes. This course introduces science, energy, force, weather, climate, the earth’s systems, and the living world. Some topics are explored in depth while others are introduced to serve as building blocks for comprehensive science 2 and 3. During this course students will explore science through everyday examples and experiences. Students will participate in activities and online laboratory experiences to apply what they have learned.

6th grade Life Science-adv

Laboratory investigations that include the use of scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem solving, laboratory apparatus and technologies, experimental procedures, and safety procedures are an integral part of this course. The national science teacher association (NSTA) recommends that at the middle school level, all students should have multiple opportunities every week to explore science laboratory investigations (labs). School laboratory investigations are defined by the national research council (NRC) as an experience in the laboratory, classroom, or the field that provides students with opportunities to interact directly with natural phenomena or with data collected by others using tools, materials, data collection techniques, and models (NRC, 2006, p. 3). Laboratory investigations in the middle school classroom should help all students develop a growing understanding of the complexity and ambiguity of empirical work, as well as the skills to calibrate and troubleshoot equipment used to make observations. Learners should understand measurement error; and have the skills to aggregate, interpret, and present the resulting data (NRC 2006, p. 77; NSTA, 2007).

Comp. Science 2

Comprehensive science 2 is the second course in the m/j comprehensive science sequence. In this course, students explore: the foundations of science, energy, the earth and its features, the earth’s internal and external structures and how they change, the earth’s history, living things and how they change and interact, genetics and heredity, and the organization of the living world. Some of these topics are introduced and serve as a foundation for comprehensive science 3 and others are discussed in detail. Students will learn through real-world examples and virtually visit six different continents to see science in action all over the world. Students will participate in activities and online laboratory experiences to apply what they have learned.

Earth space science honors

Earth and Space Science (ESS) explores the interconnections between the land, ocean, atmosphere, and life of our planet. These include the cycles of water, carbon, rock, and other materials that continuously shape, influence, and sustain earth and its inhabitants. ESS also explores the cyclical interactions between the earth system and the sun and moon.

Comp. Science 3

M/j comprehensive science 3 is an eighth-grade course that covers a variety of topics in the field of science. It begins with basic skills used in scientific investigations. Students will learn how to conduct a scientific investigation and use the scientific method when applicable. Students will also be able to demonstrate the skills used by scientists when conducting these investigations and communicating the results that they discover. This curriculum will develop the students' ability in scientific inquiry and apply these skills to experiments. The curriculum includes an overview of chemistry, earth and space science, and life sciences. Students will also be able to apply mathematical concepts that apply to the field of science.

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