Science Classes Overview
Science units are planned by teachers using the Colorado Academic Standards and the Common Core Science Literacy Standards. Science content per grade level is determined by Colorado Department of Education. GALS Denver partners with the Smithsonian Institute and teachers are trained to use their Laser curriculum. Science classes are rich in hands on labs, dissections, and literacy-based activities. GALS Denver will soon be the recipients of a Campos SmartLab, bringing new STEM technologies to our students.
In 6th Grade, scientists will be primarily learning hands on. At the beginning of the year, we will briefly go over the scientific method and students will have plenty of opportunities to apply it throughout the year. Our first and longest unit will be chemistry and is also considered one of the most exciting because of the experiments. The following unit will be natural resources, students will learn about renewable and non-renewable resources and its applicability. They will be building their own generators and learning the basics of energy transfer. Next, we learn about water’s unique chemical properties and how this informs us on the water cycle. The last unit is biodiversity and ecosystems. Students learn to analyze living and non-living systems and the effects on the environment. At the end of the year, students will have an opportunity to showcase their knowledge with an end of the year project. The end of the year projects will bring together topics learned, not only in science, but in the rest of their courses as well.
In 7th Grade, students spend the year learning to think and form questions like scientists by using the scientific method and writing hypotheses. Our units are: Scientific Inquiry, Genetics, Cells, Human Body Systems, Evolution, and Earth Structures and Processes.
In 8th Grade, students spend the year learning to think like scientists by using the scientific method and writing about science. Our units are: Waves and Energy, Forces and Motion, Space, Weather and Climate.