Middle School Science Courses

Earth Science 6
Course Credit:0
Duration:Full Year

Sixth grade science focuses on the Earth science topics of meteorology, astronomy, geology, and Earth history. A significant emphasis is placed on developing scientific process skills including careful observation, organization of data, and analysis of patterns and results. A continued transition toward the more quantitative methods of scientific analysis is fostered. These continue to be developed in later middle school years and high school.

Resources include: Numerous modular sources as well as teacher-generated materials which include but are not limited to: Full Option Science System –Middle School (FOSS), and Science Explorer: Earth Science, Prentice Hall, 2005


Life Science 7
Course Credit:0
Duration:Full Year

Seventh grade science continues the development of basic science skills in the areas of measurement, scientific method, and lab technique. Emphasis is placed on making observations and inferences, as well communicating scientific thoughts in writing. Topics of study will revolve around biology. Students will be introduced to characteristics of life, cells and microscopes, chemistry of life, energy for life, genetics, evolution, biological classification, ecology and human body systems.

Resources include: Numerous teacher-generated materials and the textbook: Life Science, Glencoe, 1997


Physical Science I
Course Credit:0
Duration:Full Year

Eighth grade science provides a continued hands-on introduction to laboratory science that helps students master basic lab skills, including safety practices, measurement skills (precision and accuracy) using common lab ware, science process skills of observation, data management and analysis, concluding and formal report writing. Topical coverage draws primarily from chemistry and some basic physics concepts as well as applications of these to biological and earth systems. These may include structure and properties of matter, chemical interactions and energy. Topics begin with conceptual coverage for understanding and continue to develop quantitative skills for managing data collection, pattern analysis, graphing and modeling. PSI begins a 2 year physical science sequence which continues into grade 9 with PSII (regular and honors).

Resources include: Numerous modular sources as well as teacher-generated materials which include but are not limited to: Foundations of Physical Science with Earth and Space Sciences, CPO, 2003.



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