Students participate in hands-on lab tasks, as well as in excercises that integrate literacy and mathematics. Students have five periods of science each week, including weekly labs. The school offers a Regents science for 8th graders.
Rationale for Module Sequence in 6th Grade Science
Unit 1: Simple and Complex Machines Essential Questions: How does energy play a role in our lives? How do machines impact our lives?
Part I: Potential and Kinetic Energy
Part II: Simple and Complex Machines
Unit 2: Weather Essential Question: How do matter and energy interact to produce weather patterns?
Part I: Properties of Matter
Part II: Heating and Cooling EventsPart III: Weather
Unit 3: Diversity of Life Essential Question: How does the transfer of matter and energy through biological communities support diversity of living things?
Part I: Kingdoms of Life
Part II: Food Chains and Food Webs
Unit 4: InterdependenceEssential Question: How is interdependence essential in maintaining life on Earth?
Part I: Climate and Biomes
Part II: Ecosystems and Interdependence
Rationale for Module Sequence in 7th Grade Science
Unit 1: Geology Essential Question: How do we as scientists gather and interpret evidence that Earth is continually changing?
Part I: Earth as a System
Part II: Plate Tectonics
Part III: Minerals and Rocks
Part IV: Fossils and Earth’s History
Unit 2: Interactions Between Matter and Energy Essential Question: How do the properties and interactions of matter and energy explain physical and chemical change?
Part I: Properties of Matter
Part II: Properties of Sound and Light
Unit 3: Dynamic Equilibrium: The Human Animal Essential Question: How do human body systems function to maintain homeostasis?
Part I: Levels of Organization
Part II: The Human Body
Unit 4: Dynamic Equilibrium: Other Organisms Essential Question: How is homeostasis maintained in other organisms?
Part I: Other Animals
Rationale for Module Sequence in 8th Grade Science
Unit 1: Forces and Motion on Earth Essential Question: How do we apply the laws of motion to explain the movement of objects on Earth?
Introduction: The International System of Units
Part I: Motion and Forces
Part II: Newton’s Laws
Unit 2: Earth, Sun, Moon System Essential Question: What roles do forces play in the patterns and stability of the Solar System?
Part I: Our Place in the Universe
Part II: The Solar System
Part III: Seasons and Cycles: Relationships Among the Sun, Earth and Moon
Unit 3: Reproduction, Heredity and Evolution Essential Question: How does life on Earth continue and adapt in response to environmental change?
Part I: Introduction to Reproduction
Part II: Sexual Reproduction and Development
Part III: Heredity
Part IV: Human Reproduction, Growth and Development
Part V: Evolution
Unit 4: Humans in Their Environment: Needs and Tradeoffs Essential Question: How does human consumption of resources impact the environment and our health?
Part I: Natural Resources and Energy
Part II: Nutrition and Food Choices: Environmental and Health Effects