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Science

Science Team

Welcome to the Science Department

Students learn about their world through exploration and critical thinking!

In science, students study three primary fields based upon their grade level. In 6th grade the focus is on earth science. In 7th grade the focus is upon life science. In 8th grade the focus is on physical science. Regardless of the field or year, students will engage in exciting projects, labs, and activities that help make the process of learning science an enjoyable one.

Grading Policy

Grades in the Science Department are based on a compilation of classwork, homework, projects, labs quizzes, and tests. While each teacher has his or her own individual method of totaling the points, expect quiz and test scores to comprise the majority of the grade.

The letter grade break down is as follows.
100%-90% = A range
89%-80% = B range
79%-70% = C range
69%-60% = D range
Below 60% = F range

Students are expected to come to class with basic school supplies of paper, pencils, pens, and erasers. Please see individual teacher web pages for more specific supply lists.

Textbooks Used 

Science Textbooks

Grade Textbook and ISBN number Publisher

6th Grade

Bring Science Alive
Planet Earth ISBN: 1-58371-070-1

Weather and Climate ISBN: 1-58371-076-0
Space ISBN: 1-58371-073-6 

Teachers Curriculum Institute (TCI)

7th Grade

Bring Science Alive
Cells and Genetics
ISBN: 1-58371-064-7
Adaptations ISBN: 1-58371-061-2
Ecosystems ISBN: 1-58371-067-1 

Teachers Curriculum Institute (TCI)

8th Grade

Bring Science Alive
Matter ISBN: 1-58371-082-5
Waves ISBN: 1-58371-085-X 
Forces and Energy ISBN: 1-58371-079-5 

Teachers Curriculum Institute (TCI)


Additional resources are used in the classroom. These books do not leave the classroom.

Enrichment

BibMe

Online help for creating bibliographies.

Bridges

There are more than a half a million bridges in the United States, and you rely on them every day to cross obstacles like streams, valleys, and railroad tracks. But do you know how they work? Or why some bridges are curved while others are straight?

Dams

With the exception of the Great Wall of China, dams are the largest structures ever built. Throughout history, big dams have prevented flooding, irrigated farmland, and generated tremendous amounts of electricity. 

Domes

They have been called "the king of all roofs", and they cover some of our most important buildings. Domes are curved structures - they have no angles and no corners - and they enclose and enormous amount of space without the help of a single column.

Dragonfly

Feeling bored? Not any more - that is if you visit this site. Science topics found here include navigation, space, time, water, people, and plants, small and tall, earth sounds, using tools, trees and seeds, and more.9576

How Stuff Works

Learn how everything works, from cells to fuel gauges! This is truly an incredible site, especially for those with an insatiable curiously to tinker!

Imagine the Universe

This site is intended for students age 14 and up, and for anyone interested in learning about our universe. This site will give young people a glimpse into the mysteries of our universe, what we know about it, how it is evolving, and the kinds of object in it.

Mr. Nussbaum

Great site which is 1000 sites in one, with interactive activities for all subjects (or just for fun).

National Inventors Hall of Fame

Would you like to find out about inventions? This website has information about inventors and inventions. It also supplies information on what to do when you want to patent and invention on your own.

NOAA Photo Library

On any given day NOAA personnel could be chasing tornadoes, flying into hurricanes, battling stormy seas, tagging turtles and whales, taking scientific readings at the South Pole, monitoring the health of coral reefs, or engaging in virtually any task.

Recent Earthquakes

Are you interested in earthquakes as a science fair topic? Turn to this site as you begin your study; there are links to valuable resources such as completed science fair projects on the topic, how to build a seismometer, geology activities for all interested students.

Royal Observatory in England

The Royal Observatory Greenwich is part of the National Maritime Museum and home of the Prime Meridian of the world. Visit this site to learn about time (e.g., there is a map that shows the area of the world covered by darkness and light), seasons, and much more.

Science Education Gateway (Berkeley)

Try a self-guided science lesson and learn more about space and astronomy. Choose an interview to hear what solar scientists have to say about the sun. Find out about the latest astronomical news and events.

Space.com

This incredible site has the most up-to-date information on things that are happening to our planet and beyond. If you want to know the latest - space, earthquake, Mission launches, weather, tides, volcanoes, and more - you must visit the Zone.

The Tech Interactive

These fun DIY engineering and at-home activities can be put together with inexpensive store-bought materials or objects you find around the house.

Tunnels

Tunnels provide some of the last available space for cars and trains, water and sewage, even power and communication lines. Today, it's safe to bore through mountains and burrow beneath oceans - but it was not always this way.

Zoom Inventors and Inventions

The Invention site is great for a researcher. If you know the name of a specific inventor, you can look him or her up alphabetically. Or, you can look for the region of the world or the era in which the subject was invented.