• Jr. High Science Curriculum Highlights
     
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    6th Grade

    Understand and apply the Scientific Method, its role in scientific discovery and exploration, and the effects of good communication of results (supported by evidence) in an unbiased manner

    Apply technology and engineering practices in tandem with the scientific process to maximize student engagement and develop critical thinking/engineering skills

    Explain how atoms and molecules make up all matter

    Identify how pressure and temperature affect the motion of atoms and how they are arranged in solids, liquids and gases

    Understand the Law of Conservation of Matter and its application to the transfer of energy

    Demonstrate the transfer of energy and predict its uses in real world applications

    Examine the role of the Sun and how it provides the Earth with a major source of energy

    Differentiate how energy is transferred and associated with sound, light, and mechanical motion

    Determine how energy from the Sun is transferred to Earth in the form of visible light, infrared light, and ultraviolet light

    Explore minerals, their properties and applications in manufacturing, electronics and everyday life

    Develop an understanding of Earth’s water cycle and analyze freshwater resources including supply and its necessity to the Earth

    Discover the layers of the Earth, rock cycle and tectonic movements of the Earth’s crust and its importance in understanding the history of the Earth and also predict future events



    7th Grade

    Utilize scientific process in all aspects of science to improve, promote and/or debate current practices in today’s world

    Apply technology and engineering practices in tandem with the scientific process to maximize student engagement and develop critical thinking/engineering skills

    Analyze Sun, Earth, Moon relationships and examine its role in the reason for day and night, seasons, phases of the moon, tides, and eclipses

    Discover the wonders and exploration of the solar system, all eight planets and the other objects that surround the Sun

    Debate current understanding of the death of a star, birth of a solar system and the creation of the universe

    Understand the basics of the cell and how the cell uses specific molecules to function and keep the body healthy

    Identify the ways in which cells multiply, including the types of cell division used for reproduction (mitosis and meiosis)

    Compare the process by which cells capture and release energy, specifically the processes of photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and fermentation

    Explain the principles of heredity and the components of DNA in relation to parents and offspring

    Evaluate the importance of Earth’s atmosphere, how it supports and protects life, and the effect of weather patterns on the inhabitants of the Earth

    Understand how electric and magnetic forces work and apply that understanding to real world situations

    8th Grade

    Understand the tools of scientific measurement

    Understand the characteristics of and relationship between living and nonliving organisms

    Understand characteristics of living organisms and their environment

    Understand the diversity of plant life groups and their environment

    Understand the body plans and adaptations of invertebrates

    Develop an understanding of how living things have changed over time

    Understand the methods of scientific classification

    Understand how populations of organisms are affected by interactions and adaptations between organisms and their environment

    Understand Newton’s Laws of Motion

    Understand how machines help and assist people to do work

    Understand physical and chemical makeup of a substance

    Understand the vast areas of elements and element properties

    Understand the difference between a mixture and a solution

    Understand the movement of tectonic plates and its affect on geologic changes to Earth

    Understand the importance of information obtained from fossils, rocks, and other natural evidence in relationship to the Earth’s history