Middle School Science
In the Middle School science curriculum, students learn to apply scientific concepts, principles and theories to understand the physical world and the living environment. Learning is achieved through investigations, which are enriched by appropriate use of technology as well as traditional laboratory apparatus. Students are challenged to think critically, use judgments, search for new answers, and creatively apply newly acquired knowledge to various related situations. Students are encouraged to make connections between classroom experiences and other academic disciplines, as well as to the world around them. Progressing from sixth to eighth grade, students become more independent and sophisticated in conducting their investigations, developing an understanding of what constitutes a good experiment.
In addition to specific units of study, students at every grade level have experiences with scientific skills and processes. Students are exposed to the nature of science through units in the scientific method, measurement, and safe and appropriate lab practices. This course of study, which is aligned with New York State learning standards for science, prepares students to explain, accurately and in appropriate depth, the most important ideas about our physical setting and our living environment.
Grade 6 Science is a transitional course between the elementary and middle level science program. The course continues to develop the skills and concepts established in our Elementary Science K-5 program. Science 6 is the second step in the spiraled approach toward the development of skills and cognitive understandings for grades five through eight. The program, containing elements of Earth, Life and Physical Science delves into the fundamental aspects of these sciences while establishing additional skills needed for success in middle level science study. Students develop skill in performing and evaluating basic experiments while following the steps of the scientific method, as well as gaining proficiency in the use of scientific tools such as the microscope and the balance. Students will study such diverse topics as meteorology, climatology, genetics, and living systems and gain an understanding of the effects of gravitational forces on objects and learn the basic concepts of simple machines
Grade 7 Science continues the investigation into science topics introduced during science programs in grades five and six. Foundation skills are reinforced as students begin the transition to a full laboratory program while the content and skills of physical, life and Earth science are further developed. Students gain additional knowledge in basic chemistry, mineralogy, as well as an increased understanding of the animal and plant sciences. The course strongly supports the New York State Standards.
Grade 8 Science curriculum completes the integrated science experience for students in the middle school. Foundations skills and laboratory techniques are refined as students are prepared for the rigorous Regents requirements of the high school. The basic content areas of life, physical and especially Earth science are part of the curriculum plan which prepares students for success on the NYS Intermediate Level Science Assessment which consists of both written and lab performance components.