Science Classes Overview
Science units are planned by teachers using the Colorado Academic Standards and the Common Core Science Literacy Standards, and content per grade level is determined by the Colorado Department of Education. Science classes are rich in hands-on labs, STEM accelerations, dissections, and literacy-based activities.
In 6th Grade, scientists primarily learn through a hands-on approach. 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; this is often considered one of the most exciting units because of the experiments! The following unit will be natural resources where students will learn about renewable and non-renewable resources and their applicability. They will build their own generators and learn 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.
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.