Science

Science

6TH GRADE EARTH SCIENCE COURSE DESCRIPTION

PREREQUISITE: None

COURSE DESCRIPTION
The sixth grade science course provides students with an understanding of the general concepts of earth science.  It is a full year course in which students study the structure and composition of the earth including the earth’s atmosphere, oceans, surface waters, landmasses and interior.  Students investigate the dynamics of the earth’s changing surface and the role that energy plays in earth systems.  Students learn how the earth’s ecological systems support life through environmental relationships and natural cycles.  Students develop an understanding of ecological resources and wildlife conservation.  Students relate the flow of matter and energy within an ecosystem. Through “hands-on” investigation, students learn to conduct scientific investigations, think scientifically, and use scientific tools and technologies.  Students learn to communicate scientific information and processes, and understand how developments in science and technology affect society and the environment.  The depth and breadth of concepts are determined by course length. 

TEXTBOOK & MATERIALS
Focus on Earth Science (Glencoe Science)

COURSE OBJECTIVES
The students will:

  1. Develop an understanding and application of the basic concepts of earth science.
  2. Develop understanding and skill in the use of the scientific method for conducting scientific investigations.
  3. Develop scientific thinking skills that include analyzing and interpreting data, making inferences about observations and drawing conclusions, problem solving, and critical-thinking.
  4. Develop skill in the use of scientific tools and technologies.
  5. Develop reading, writing, and graphical skills for communicating about scientific information and processes.

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7TH GRADE LIFE SCIENCE COURSE DESCRIPTION

PREREQUISITE: None

COURSE DESCRIPTION
The seventh grade science course provides students with a general understanding of the concepts of life science.  Students investigate the structure, function, and processes of living things. Students learn how cells divide, grow, and convert matter and energy to sustain life. They learn how organisms reproduce and pass hereditary characteristics from one generation to the next.  Students investigate similarities and differences in living organisms, and how living things have changed over time.  Students learn about the human body systems and factors that are responsible for maintaining human health. Students learn to conduct scientific investigations, think scientifically, and use scientific tools and technologies.  Students learn to communicate scientific information and processes, and understand how developments in science and technology affect society and the environment.

TEXTBOOK & MATERIALS
Focus on Life Science (Glencoe Science)

COURSE OBJECTIVES
The students will:

  1. Develop an understanding and application of the basic concepts of life science.
  2. Develop understanding and skill in the use of the scientific method for conducting scientific investigations.
  3. Develop scientific thinking skills that include analyzing and interpreting data, making inferences about observations and drawing conclusions, problem solving, and critical-thinking.
  4. Develop skill in the use of scientific tools and technologies.
  5. Develop reading, writing, and graphical skills for communicating about scientific information and processes.

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8TH GRADE PHYSICAL SCIENCE COURSE DESCRIPTION

PREREQUISITE: None

COURSE DESCRIPTION
The eighth grade science course provides students with a general understanding of the concepts of physical science.  Students study the principles of matter and energy, mechanics, and motion.  Students relate these principles to the study of astronomy as they investigate the Earth’s position and movement in the solar system and its relationship to other planetary and stellar bodies. 

Through “hands-on” investigation, students learn to conduct scientific investigations, think scientifically, and use scientific tools and technologies.  Students learn to communicate scientific information and processes, and understand how developments in science and technology affect society and the environment.

TEXTBOOK & MATERIALS
Focus on Physical Science (Glencoe Science)

COURSE OBJECTIVES
The students will:

  1. Develop an understanding and application of the basic concepts of physical and space science.
  2. Develop understanding and skill in the use of the scientific method for conducting scientific investigations.
  3. Develop scientific thinking skills that include analyzing and interpreting data, making inferences about observations and drawing conclusions, problem solving, and critical-thinking.
  4. Develop skill in the use of scientific tools and technologies.
  5. Develop reading, writing, and graphical skills for communicating about scientific information and processes.

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•  Link to California Science Content Standards