Middle School Program of Studies Science

  OVERARCHING ENDURING UNDERSTANDING FOR Science 7:

The natural world is composed of interdependent systems. Understanding how natural systems work enables us to take care of them.

The science curriculum at Amherst Regional Middle School is based on a number of Enduring Understandings. These understandings are "big ideas" supported by essential questions that guide both exploratory learning activities and direct instruction.

Science 7 is an introductory life science course designed to enable our students to become knowledgeable about the natural world by learning about basic life science concepts, and about the natural systems that function within the world. The goals for the 7th grade year are several. The first is to promote an appreciation for the nature of science and how scientists do their work. This allows students to build a perspective on how science connects to the world and how they interact with it. Second, we want students to build a solid base for later study in the life sciences, by learning about the characteristics of living things, cell theory, natural selection, and the human body. Third, they will begin to understand the complex interrelationships between systems in the natural world through an extended study of ecology. Conceptual model building towards these goals is achieved through interactive laboratory activities, group discussion and projects designed to facilitate critical thinking and observation skills.

Note-taking, test-taking, lab procedural, and group and study skills are emphasized throughout the year. Students will use a variety of materials for curricular resources including Holt's Cells, Heredity and Classification, Glencoe's Ecology and Human Body Systems textbooks and teacher-generated materials.

OVERARCHING ENDURING UNDERSTANDING FOR Science 8:

The natural world is composed of matter and energy. Understanding how matter and energy change and stay the same in the natural world allows us to interact with the world responsibly.

The science curriculum at Amherst Regional Middle School is based on a number of Enduring Understandings. These enduring understandings are "big ideas" supported by essential questions that guide inquiry-based learning and direct instruction.

Science 8 is an introductory physical science and engineering course designed to help students develop an understanding of how matter and energy change and stay the same in the natural world. Primary goals are to: promote enthusiasm for science; help students develop the ability to make informed decisions based on evidence; and help students acquire the ability to interact with the world responsibly. Fundamental physical, chemical, and engineering concepts are developed through hands-on labs and project-based activities. The units of study include: Properties of Matter and Chemical Interactions; Experimental Design; Motion, Forces and Energy; and Technology/Engineering Design. Students will use a variety of textbooks (including Prentice Hall's Motion, Forces and Energy and Chemical Building Blocks) and teacher-generated materials.  

Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2017 West Corporation. All rights reserved.