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Science

Science

Academic Science Grades 6 - 8

Grades 6, 7 and 8 science are all interdisciplinary in nature. However, each grade does have a specific content focus with 6th grade focusing on physical science, 7th grade focusing on organisms and environment and 8th grade focusing on earth and space.  

In all science classes, students use models and events as tools for understanding how the natural world works.  Students learn that certain types of questions can be answered by investigations, and the methods, models, and conclusions built from these investigations change as new observations are made. 

 

Advanced Science Grades 7 and 8

Advanced science classes do cover the same content as the academic science courses and participate in the same practices for understanding the natural world.  However, students should expect a more rigorous class with more in-depth classroom discussions using the Argument Driven Inquiry (ADI) model and an increased amount of reading and writing assignments known as Free Response Questions (FRQ) as they prepare for future Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams. 

Please Note:  Students do not earn high school credit in the advanced science courses. 

 

Middle School Science District Calendar

The suggested pacing for all grades can be found on the: All level MS Science Pacing Calendar

This All Level MS Science Pacing Calendar outlines the suggested pacing for the units in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science by the approximate number of weeks. 

All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade middle school science students also participate in two science Curriculum Diagnostic Benchmarks (CDB) each year. Please contact your child’s science teacher for information as to when those exams will be administered.

 

Middle School Science District Grading Policy

The state requires that at least 40% of instructional time be spent conducting laboratory and field investigations. The district grading policy for middle school science is as follows:

20% Formative

40% Summative

40% Labs

 

Safety and Equipment in the Science Lab

All students have the opportunity to work with a variety of equipment during their three years in middle school, including but not limited to data collecting devices, motion detectors, and temperature probes, compound and digital microscopes, spring scales, triple beam balances, graduated cylinders, dissecting equipment and models.

Teachers receive annual science safety training in operating and maintaining a safe learning environment for their students. Students are expected to sign a district science safety contract each year and review safety expectations before participating in any lab experience. 

Safety Contract English and Spanish

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