Ms. Vanchena, MS Science
The 6th graders begin the year with an introduction to the metric system and the Scientific Method. This is followed by volcanoes, earthquakes, plate tectonics, rocks and minerals, and then erosion and fossils.
In the second semester students venture into the study of Newton’s Three Laws of Motion, as well as simple machines, heat, magnetism, static and current electricity, gravity, and friction and finally finishing the year with meteorology.
The 7th graders begin the year with a study of ecology. Then we will begin our study of the atom and elements and how they interact. This will be followed by our study of the systems of the human body: skeletal, muscular, skin, blood circulatory, lymphatic circulatory, digestive, respiratory, excretory, nervous and endocrine systems.
After this, we learn about the invertebrate and vertebrate animals, leading into the bacteria, archaea, protists, and finally arriving at the plants. The students get Earth Science by delving into weathering and erosion of our landscape.
The 8th graders begin the year with chemistry. We study the kinds of chemical reactions and see how the atoms can rearrange themselves. Then there is a review on how to properly set up an experiment; this begins to get the students ready for their Science Fair project. The 8th grade students’ three-month Science Fair Project includes an experiment done outside of the classroom, a research paper, a backboard and display, as well as an oral presentation to judges. This is their major project of the year.
The 8th grade students will also learn about the Earth's surface water and oceans in the first semester. In the second semester they learn about paleontology while studying fossils and geologic time. Finally, the students end the year by learning some astronomy, starting with our own Earth and moon, but expanding to all the planets in our solar system, and then to the stars and galaxies.