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Science 7

   

In 7th Grade Science, students will learn several units of Earth Science and ecology. Inquiry will be embedded and applied in all units.

This course addresses the inquiry process, history/nature of science, science in personal/social perspectives, life science, and earth science as outlined in the State Standards for 7th Grade. Students will expand their knowledge, interest, and appreciation of the ecosystem and build upon knowledge of Earth's systems and planetary sciences while using a hands-on approach. Formative and summative assessments are a constant in this classroom to best track student progress and better assist in best teaching strategies for the individual student.

7th Graders will complete this course with an emphasis on Inquiry. The direct practice in creating and writing formal laboratory reports will ensure that students are prepared for high school rigor in science.

  Prerequisites:
Science 6


 
   
 

Science 7 Honors

   

Criteria for placement in Grade 7 Science Honors is based on teacher recommendation, overall grade and performance on summative assessments.

Honors Science 7 goes beyond Science 7 with extended learning activities that require students to increase their use of critical thinking skills to include analysis, synthesis, and problem solving. The curriculum moves at an accelerated pace with a more concentrated focus.

 



 
   
 

Science 8

   

In 8th Grade Science, students will learn units in biology, physics and chemistry. Inquiry will be embedded and applied in all units.

Students will participate in acting out animal survival skills in a food chain for their Biology Unit. For Physical Science, students will analyze and apply knowledge of Newton's Three Laws of Motion to hands on activities in centers. For the unit on chemistry, students will see physical and chemical changes as well as identify and explain elements on the Periodic Table of the Elements. Formative and summative assessments are a constant in this classroom to best track student progress and better assist in best teaching strategies for the individual student.

8th Graders completing these courses with an emphasis on Inquiry, they will be applying Arizona State Standards that are assessed in AzMerit. The direct practice in creating and writing formal laboratory reports will ensure that students are prepared for high school rigor in science.

 



 
   
 

Science 8 Honors

   

Criteria for placement in Grade 8 Science Honors is based on teacher recommendation, overall grade and performance on summative assessments.

Honors Science 8 goes beyond Science 8 with extended learning activities that require students to increase their use of critical thinking skills to include analysis, synthesis, and problem solving. The curriculum moves at an accelerated pace with a more concentrated focus.

 



   
 

Biology

 

Instructor: Kim Miller
E-Mail:kmiller@edkey.org
Phone: (520) 568-9333 x11073

Overview:
In Biology, students will learn the skills that will enable them to apply scientific skills and processes on major biological science concepts, including biochemistry, cells, genetics, ecology, evolution, and microbiology.

Goals:
Students will demonstrate ways of acting and thinking inherent to the practice of science by using the language and instruments of science to collect, organize, interpret, calculate and communicate information through labs. Additionally, students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the dynamic nature of living things, their structure and functions, their interactions and the results from these interactions over time, on assigned projects, quizzes and unit tests. Formative and summative assessments are a constant in this classroom to best track student progress and better assist in best teaching strategies for the individual student.

Upon completing this course students should be able to identify and explain characteristics of living things, natural phenomena and their interrelationships with other science, technology, and social issues as they relate to the study of living things. Students should also develop research skills, writing skills and independent thinking skills, all of which may be applied to several other courses.


Requirements:
Students must have successfully completed Earth Science and completed or be concurrently enrolled in Algebra I.

Readings:
Science Text

Science journal articles as assigned.

 
Required Materials:
  • Safety goggles
  • 2 Composition notebooks
  • 1" binder
  • Colored pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Index Cards
  • Flash drive
  • $20 lab fee

   
 

Biology Honors

 

Instructor: Kim Miller
E-Mail:kmiller@edkey.org
Phone: (520) 568-9333 x11073

Overview:
In Biology Honors, students will learn the skills that will enable them to apply scientific skills and processes on major biological science concepts, including biochemistry, cells, genetics, ecology, evolution, and microbiology. Biology Honors delves deeper into content and will move at a faster pace. Additionally, expectations for reading and writing will increase.

Goals:
Students will demonstrate ways of acting and thinking inherent to the practice of science by using the language and instruments of science to collect, organize, interpret, calculate and communicate information through labs. Additionally, students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the dynamic nature of living things, their structure and functions, their interactions and the results from these interactions over time, on assigned projects, quizzes and unit tests. Formative and summative assessments are a constant in this classroom to best track student progress and better assist in best teaching strategies for the individual student.

Upon completing this course students should be able to identify and explain characteristics of living things, natural phenomena and their interrelationships with other science, technology, and social issues as they relate to the study of living things. Students should also develop research skills, writing skills and independent thinking skills, all of which may be applied to several other courses.


Requirements:
Students must have successfully completed Earth Science and completed or be concurrently enrolled in Algebra I.

Readings:
Science Text

Science journal articles as assigned.

 
Required Materials:
  • Safety goggles
  • 2 Composition notebooks
  • 1" binder
  • Colored pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Index Cards
  • Flash drive
  • $20 lab fee

   
 

Biology 2

 

Instructor: Kim Miller
E-Mail:kmiller@edkey.org
Phone: (520) 568-9333 x11073

Overview:
In Biology 2, students will learn the skills that will enable them to apply scientific skills and processes on major biological science concepts, including biochemistry, classification, anatomy, physiology, plants, animals, and microbiology.

Goals:
Students will demonstrate ways of acting and thinking inherent to the practice of science by using the language and instruments of science to collect, organize, interpret, calculate and communicate information through labs. Additionally, students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the dynamic nature of living things, their structure and functions, their interactions and the results from these interactions over time, on assigned projects, quizzes and unit tests. Formative and summative assessments are a constant in this classroom to best track student progress and better assist in best teaching strategies for the individual student.

Upon completing this course students should be able to identify and explain characteristics of living things, natural phenomena and their interrelationships with other science, technology, and social issues as they relate to the study of living things. Students should also develop research skills, writing skills and independent thinking skills, all of which may be applied to several other courses.


Requirements:
Students must have successfully completed Biology.

Readings:
Science Text

Science journal articles as assigned.

 
Required Materials:
  • Safety goggles
  • 2 Composition notebooks
  • 1" binder
  • Colored pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Index Cards
  • Flash drive
  • $20 lab fee

   
 

Chemistry

 

Instructor: Kim Miller
E-Mail:kmiller@edkey.org
Phone: (520) 568-9333 x11073

Overview:
In Chemistry, students will learn the skills that will enable them to apply scientific skills and processes on major chemical science concepts including structure and properties of matter and the elements, atoms, bonding, chemical reactions and equations, organic chemistry, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry.

Goals:
Students will demonstrate ways of acting and thinking inherent to the practice of science by using the language and instruments of science to collect, organize, interpret, calculate and communicate information through labs. Additionally, students will use scientific skills and processes to identify chemical elements, their structure and properties, chemical bonding, atomic bonding and the result of these interactions, on assigned research projects, quizzes and unit tests. Formative and summative assessments are a constant in this classroom to best track student progress and better assist in best teaching strategies for the individual student.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to understand the inner working of the substances that make up the world around us, their interactions and their interrelations with other science, technology, and social issues as they relate to the study of chemistry. Students should also develop research skills, writing skills and independent thinking skills, all of which may be applied to many other courses.


Prerequisites:
Students must have successfully completed Algebra I and Algebra II, or be concurrently enrolled in Algebra II.

Readings:
Science Text

Science journal articles as assigned.

 
Required Materials:
  • Safety goggles
  • 2 Composition notebooks
  • 1" binder
  • Colored pencils
  • Scientific Calculator
  • Highlighters
  • Index Cards
  • Flash drive
  • $20 lab fee

   
 

Genetics and Biotechnology

 

Instructor: Kim Miller
E-Mail:kmiller@edkey.org
Phone: (520) 568-9333

Overview:
In Genetics and Biotechnology, students will learn the skills that will enable them to apply scientific skills and processes on major biotechnological science concepts, including DNA extraction and identification, molecular biology of cancer, immunology, population and behavioral genetics.

Goals:
Students will demonstrate ways of acting and thinking inherent to the practice of science by using the language and instruments of science to collect, organize, interpret, calculate and communicate information through labs. Students will engage in multifaceted explorations and investigations from extracting their very own DNA to cloning plants to making bacteria glow in the dark. Additionally, students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the main concepts of genetics and biotechnology on assigned projects, quizzes and unit tests. Formative and summative assessments are a constant in this classroom to best track student progress and better assist in best teaching strategies for the individual student.

Upon completing this course students should be able to identify and explain the cell cycle and cancer, DNA/RNA structure and functions, gene transmission, expression and regulation, mutation and genetic variation, construction and variation of clones, and the applications of biotechnology. Students should also develop research skills, writing skills and independent thinking skills, all of which may be applied to several other courses.


Requirements:
Students must have successfully completed Biology and Chemistry.

Readings:
Science Text

Science journal articles as assigned.

 
Required Materials:
  • Safety goggles
  • 2 Composition notebooks
  • 1" binder
  • Colored pencils
  • Scientific Calculator
  • Post-its (optional)
  • Highlighters (optional)

   
 

Physical Science

 

Instructor: Norm Stradleigh
E-Mail:nstradleigh@edkey.org
Phone: (520) 568-9333

Physical Science is a two semester course which sould give students a better understanding of the physical world in which they live. Although higher level math is not part of the course, students will be expected to perform basic computations with math up to and including early algebra.

Many of the topics in the class can be related directly to activities in the home. Kitchen Science is where many of today’s top scientist began their interest in science. So, Mom, get your students involved in how things work in the kitchen. And Dads, get them familiar with common hand tools.

Topics for the course will include but will not necessarily be limited to energy and motion, the nature of matter, the kinds of substances, light and sound, electricity and energy resources.

Lectures will be augmented with video presentations, video lectures from some of the top science educators in the country. Students should expect to complete projects showing their understanding and mastery of the related concepts; both collaboratively (in small groups) and individually.

 
Required Materials:
  • 3-ring binder
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Graphing paper
  • Ruler that measures both inches and centimeters
  • Pencils (#2 and colored, if desired)
  • 3x5 notecards
  • Protractor
  • Compass

   
 

Science 7

 

Instructor: Misti Oosthuizen
E-Mail:moosthuizen@edkey.org
Phone: (520) 568-9333

In 7th Grade Science, students will learn several units of Earth Science and ecology. Inquiry will be embedded and applied in all units.

This course addresses the inquiry process, history/nature of science, science in personal/social perspectives, life science, and earth science as outlined in the State Standards for 7th Grade. Students will expand their knowledge, interest, and appreciation of the ecosystem and build upon knowledge of Earth's systems and planetary sciences while using a hands-on approach. Formative and summative assessments are a constant in this classroom to best track student progress and better assist in best teaching strategies for the individual student.

7th Graders will complete this course with an emphasis on Inquiry. The direct practice in creating and writing formal laboratory reports will ensure that students are prepared for high school rigor in science.

 
Required Materials:
  • Spiral Notebook
  • Pen/Pencil
  • 1 - 2 Pocket Folder
  • Index Cards
  • Graph Paper

   
 

Science 8

 

Instructor: Misti Oosthuizen
E-Mail:moosthuizen@edkey.org
Phone: (520) 568-9333

In 8th Grade Science, students will learn units in biology, physics and chemistry. Inquiry will be embedded and applied in all units.

Students will participate in acting out animal survival skills in a food chain for their Biology Unit. For Physical Science, students will analyze and apply knowledge of Newton's Three Laws of Motion to hands on activities in centers. For the unit on chemistry, students will see physical and chemical changes as well as identify and explain elements on the Periodic Table of the Elements. Formative and summative assessments are a constant in this classroom to best track student progress and better assist in best teaching strategies for the individual student.

8th Graders completing these courses with an emphasis on Inquiry, they will be applying Arizona State Standards that are assessed in AIMS. The direct practice in creating and writing formal laboratory reports will ensure that students are prepared for high school rigor in science.


Prerequisites:
Successful completion of science 7

 
Required Materials:
  • Spiral Notebook
  • Pen/Pencil
  • 1 - 2 Pocket Folder
  • Index Cards
  • Graph Paper