Science

Middle School

Courses

SCIENCE

The middle school science program engages students in the exploration of both the concepts and practices of science and engineering. At each grade level, topics in Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science, and Engineering are interconnected to show students the relationships that exist between the sciences and the natural world. Inquiry and laboratory investigations are an integral part of the program. Problem solving and online investigations are used continually to allow students to investigate authentic problems and reinforce science concepts. The middle school science program is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Science and Engineering Practices that were adopted by the state of Maryland. High expectations and differentiated instruction allow all students a challenging and engaging access to science.

Dissection is one of the many instructional methods that may be used in middle school science. Students/parents/ guardians may request one of the county’s alternatives to dissection in these classes. Alternatives may include such materials as video, charts, diagrams, textbook overlays, and computer programs.

Investigations in Science 6 (IS6) (3528)

Investigations in Science 6 provides opportunities for students to actively engage in the science and engineering practices and apply the crosscutting concepts to deepen their understanding of core ideas across science disciplines. The curriculum is problem/project-based; instruction is woven around a relevant problem/project that drives student learning. Students apply their understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to propose solutions to problems. Instruction provides opportunities for hands-on explorations, productive discourse, and purposeful reading and writing.

Students are awarded 10 SSL hours at the completion of Grade 6 Science for their full participation in SSL activities.

UNIT 1: MATTER AND ITS INTERACTIONS
UNIT 2: ECOSYSTEMS, ENERGY, AND DYNAMICS
UNIT 3: EARTH’S RESOURCES AND HUMAN IMPACTS ON THE ENVIRONMENT
UNIT 4: ENERGY AND WAVES

SCIENCE

The middle school science program engages students in the exploration of both the concepts and practices of science and engineering. At each grade level, topics in Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science, and Engineering are interconnected to show students the relationships that exist between the sciences and the natural world. Inquiry and laboratory investigations are an integral part of the program. Problem solving and online investigations are used continually to allow students to investigate authentic problems and reinforce science concepts. The middle school science program is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Science and Engineering Practices that were adopted by the state of Maryland. High expectations and differentiated instruction allow all students a challenging and engaging access to science.

Dissection is one of the many instructional methods that may be used in middle school science. Students/parents/ guardians may request one of the county’s alternatives to dissection in these classes. Alternatives may include such materials as video, charts, diagrams, textbook overlays, and computer programs.

Investigations in Science 7 (IS7) (3529)

Investigations in Science 7 provides opportunities for students to actively engage in the science and engineering practices and apply the crosscutting concepts to deepen their understanding of core ideas across science disciplines. The curriculum is problem/project-based; instruction is woven around a relevant problem/project that drives student learning. Students apply their understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to propose solutions to problems. Instruction provides opportunities for hands-on explorations, productive discourse, and purposeful reading and writing.

UNIT 1: CELLULAR STRUCTURES AND PROCESSES
UNIT 2: MATTER AND ENERGY FLOW IN ORGANISMS
UNIT 3: INHERITANCE AND VARIATION OF TRAITS
UNIT 4: EARTH’S HISTORY AND BIOLOGICAL EVOLUTION

SCIENCE

The middle school science program engages students in the exploration of both the concepts and practices of science and engineering. At each grade level, topics in Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science, and Engineering are interconnected to show students the relationships that exist between the sciences and the natural world. Inquiry and laboratory investigations are an integral part of the program. Problem solving and online investigations are used continually to allow students to investigate authentic problems and reinforce science concepts. The middle school science program is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Science and Engineering Practices that were adopted by the state of Maryland. High expectations and differentiated instruction allow all students a challenging and engaging access to science.

Dissection is one of the many instructional methods that may be used in middle school science. Students/parents/ guardians may request one of the county’s alternatives to dissection in these classes. Alternatives may include such materials as video, charts, diagrams, textbook overlays, and computer programs.

Investigations in Science 8 (3507)

Investigations in Science 8 provides opportunities for students to actively engage in the science and engineering practices and apply the crosscutting concepts to deepen their understanding of core ideas across science disciplines. The curriculum is problem/project-based; instruction is woven around a relevant problem/project that drives student learning. Students apply their understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to propose solutions to problems. Instruction provides opportunities for hands-on explorations, productive discourse, and purposeful reading and writing.

UNIT 1: FORCES, MOTION, AND INTERACTIONS
UNIT 2: EARTH, THE SOLAR SYSTEM, AND THE UNIVERSE
UNIT 3: WEATHER AND CLIMATE
UNIT 4: EARTH’S MATERIALS AND SYSTEMS