Department Chairpersons - Nicole Terranova and Natalie Borrelli
In alignment with the Science Content Standards for Public Schools, two years of science are divided thematically between seventh and eighth grade. Students focus on life science in seventh grade and on physical science in the eighth grade. Science is considered to be the process of learning based on asking meaningful questions followed by conducting careful investigations. Communication is stressed as a major component of science with technology incorporated into presentation of ideas. Vocabulary building is stressed as a key part of unlocking understanding of science concepts. Laboratory work is used throughout a school year to develop and enhance student learning.
Life Science topics include:
All living things are made of cells, which have definite structure and function.
Organisms’ traits are based in genetics with modification by the environment.
A tremendous variety exists among species and this variety can be shaped by environmental factors.
The study of earth processes allows the understanding that patterns of change occur in cycles over long periods of time.
There is a complimentary relationship between structure and function in the anatomy an physiology of plants and animals
Physical processes form the structure and function of biological systems (e.g. characteristics of light contribute to the way we see).
Physical Science topics include:
Velocity is the rate of change in position.
Unbalanced forces cause a change in velocity.
All matter is composed of the various elements each having its own properties and structure.
Chemical reactions reorganize matter into new combinations of molecules.
The periodic table has its organization based on the properties and structure of the elements.
Chemical principles are the foundation of life processes in biology.
The structure and make up of the solar system can be understood by studying the changes in stars and galaxies.