Science reminds us that we live in an intelligently designed and ordered world (Genesis 1). Through the years of middle school science, students will learn to find the existence of God in the natural world by exploration, observation and inquiry. Students review the basic fundamentals of the scientific method as applied in the following areas of study: the science of life, earth science, and basic physical science. Students also examine the beginnings of time as part of their study of the Earth and apply their Biblical framework through scriptural references. Science students build their understanding of the complex interactions between the living and non-living world. Topics covered (but not limited to) are: space science, meteorology, animal classification, plants, microorganisms, oceans, volcanoes, the water cycle, properties of matter, the human body and electricity and magnetism. The nature of the sciences is to reveal God, and the purpose of science is to glorify Him (Romans 1:20…since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made).
6th Grade: Sixth grade science students refine their understanding of living and non-living systems as organized groups of related parts that function together, interact, and change. They investigate physical and chemical properties of matter, and energy. They study waves, electricity, and magnetism. Students learn about types, functions, components, relationships, and interactions of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems, and changes in populations and ecosystems. Students study objects in the solar system, the layers of Earth and the relationship of the water cycle to landforms and weather. They use their scientific inquiry skills to investigate the natural world through observing, proposing questions or hypotheses, and collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data to produce justifiable evidence-based explanations. Students apply their knowledge of science principles to engineering design by identifying problems, and proposing, testing and evaluating potential solutions.
7th Grade: Seventh grade science students refine their understanding of how the components and processes within living and non-living stems interact and affect their characteristics and properties. They learn about gravitation, forces, and laws of motion. They study atoms, elements, and compounds. They develop and understanding of reproduction, inheritance, phenotypes, genotypes, chromosomes, and genes. Students learn about the processes plants and animals use to obtain energy and materials for growth. They study how Earth’s atmosphere, land forms, resources, and climate change. Students deepen their understanding of scientific inquiry as the investigation of the natural worked based on observation and science principles that includes proposing questions or hypotheses, collecting, analyzing, and interpreting multiple forms of produce justifiable evidence based explanations. They build their understanding of engineering design as a process of indentifying needs, problems, and constraints, and developing and evaluating proposed solutions.
8th Grade: Eighth grade science students build their understanding of the complexity and interaction of living and non-living systems. They learn about the Periodic Table, the atomic model, states of matter, and physical and chemical properties. They study physical and chemical changes and the law of conservation of mass. Students examine energy transfers, transformations, characteristics, natural selection, and evolution. They learn about gravity, the motion of objects in the solar system, and Earth’s seasons. They study atmospheric and oceanic movement and the effects on weather and climate, and geologic, climatic, environmental, and life form changes over time. Students use their scientific inquiry skills to ask questions or form hypotheses, design and investigation, collect, organize, display, summarize, and analyze data, explain results, and provide interpretations and implications. They use their engineering design skills to define a problem, use science principles to investigate possible solutions given criteria, constraints, properties, and trade-offs, collect data, evaluate a solution, and identify possible design improvements.