Ms. Baylor-Holmes breaks down the content for her English Language Learners!
The sixth grade science program is a hands-on program whose content incorporates such basic concepts as scientific investigation, sources of energy, matter, properties and characteristics of water, properties of air and the Earth’s atmosphere, watershed systems, the solar system and environmental issues. Technology and career awareness are also incorporated into the program. Hands-on experiences make up at least 50% of the instructional time.
The seventh grade life science program is a laboratory-based program whose content incorporates such basic concepts as the cell, characteristics, of living things, classification, utilization and flow of matter and energy, ecology, and genetics, as well as science technology and society, and career awareness. Laboratory experiences make up at least 50% of the instructional time and are the framework within which students can expect to study the key concepts. Students will apply the concepts of experimental design using research skills, incorporating the collection, analysis, and interpretation of quantitative data and will use such skills to draw connections between the subject matter and real-life situations. Research activities may be done independently or cooperatively. Students will recognize and understand applications of technology to scientific inquiry.
The eighth grade physical science program is a laboratory-based program whose content includes the characteristic properties of matter; atomic structure and theory; energy; electricity and magnetism; work, force and motion; science, technology, and society; intercultural and career awareness. Laboratory experiences make up at least 50% of the instructional time and are the framework within which students use holistic learning to study key concepts. Inquiry and discovery are central to instruction within the context of experimental design. Students at this level will be knowledgeable and able to design and implement investigations independently and/or collaboratively and student investigations will result in some product whose scope is to be determined by the teacher which uses various forms of communication.