5th Grade Science  
Throughout the 5th grade year, students develop a basic understanding of, and appreciation for, the world and how it functions. We practice making careful observations as we take a close look at the plants and animals in our environment. We study how energy flows through ecosystems, biodiversity, properties of matter, robotics, Earth’s systems, and resource use. We explore these issues and what we can do to help care for our planet. Over the course of the year, our activities build on basic science skills, with an emphasis on observation, data collection, interpretation, and communication. In addition, we spend significant time on developing good study skills and work habits.

6th Grade - Earth and Space Science
Students will explore and discover scientific concepts, use science processing skills, and apply their inquiry and questioning abilities by performing a variety of scientific investigations. Earth and Space Science focuses on Earth’s place in the universe, Earth’s systems, the structure and change of the Earth over time, and the Earth and human activity, including climate change. Students will ask questions, develop and use models, analyze and interpret data, construct explanations, design solutions, engage in argument, and use these practices to demonstrate understanding of the core ideas. 

7th Grade - Life Science
Students will explore and discover scientific concepts, use science processing skills, and apply their inquiry and questioning abilities by performing a variety of scientific investigations. Within the study of life science, students will examine concepts from cell biology, the structure and function of living systems, the human body, genetics, evolution, biodiversity, the flow of matter and energy through ecosystems, and environmental problems and solutions. Students will ask questions, develop and use models, analyze and interpret data, construct explanations, design solutions, engage in argument, and use these practices to demonstrate understanding of the core ideas. 

8th Grade - Physical Science
Students will explore and discover science concepts, use science processing skills, and apply their inquiry and questioning abilities by performing a variety of scientific investigations. Physical science presents the fundamentals of physics and chemistry. Students explore the amazing universe we live in, including matter and its interactions, motion and forces, waves and their applications, energy, and engineering design. Students will ask questions, develop and use models, analyze and interpret data, construct explanations, design solutions, engage in argument, and use these practices to demonstrate understanding of the core ideas. 

Photograph of Suzanne Alfano
Suzanne Alfano
7th Grade Homeroom | 5th & 6th Science
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Julie Mackey
7th Grade Homeroom | 7th & 8th Science