Science Program

8th Grade Science Overview:  Students will study interdisciplinary science concepts structured around the theme “scope and scale.” Over the course of the year, they will study physics (forces, motion, energy, and waves); chemistry (atoms, molecules, and chemical reactions); astronomy (stars, planets, and outer space); and engineering design. Throughout all units, students will practice scientific inquiry by planning and conducting experiments, as well as producing written lab reports. 


7th Grade Science

Seventh grade Science instruction is aligned to the California content standards and includes the study of: cell biology, genetics, evolution, earth science, structure and function in living systems, physical principles in living systems and investigation and experimentation.  These studies will be accomplished through a balance of direct instruction, group discussion, laboratory experiments, textbook readings, library research projects, model building, written assignments and assessments.  Science and Language Arts/History teachers work collaboratively to integrate the study of a variety of topics throughout the year which concurrently meet content standards for respective curricular areas: e.g.; research papers, oral presentations, persuasive debates, and writing works are expected outcomes.


8th Grade Science Program

Eighth grade Science instruction is aligned to the California content standards and includes the study of: motion, forces, structure of matter, Earth and the solar system, reactions, chemistry of living systems Periodic Table, density and buoyancy, and investigation and experimentation.  Using a method of inquiry, and a process called the “Scientific Approach”, students will conduct experiments that will help develop and reinforce important study skills including: organization, observation, recording, analyzing data and communication.  Physical Science students are encouraged to build an interest in investigation of their surroundings, to probe, to ask questions, to seek answers, to evaluate, to solve problems and to think critically.  Student projects during the year may include: model building, research projects, Science Fair projects and various other inquiry based learning experiences.