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"Some of the most important work done by Middle School faculty is to use the curriculum as a means to teach the skills necessary for life-long academic success."

– John Gifford, Assistant Head of School & Head of Middle School

Science

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In Class VI Science we explore three diverse fields of study: neuroscience, ecology, and forensic science. Students are exposed to a range of exciting scientific ideas, and develop critical academic skills such as: maintaining an organized notebook, taking effective notes from class discussions and readings, studying for understanding, managing time and being able to communicate scientific ideas. Planning skills improve as students engage in long-term projects.

Class V  students adopt the role of a scientist who constructs knowledge about the physical sciences through guided inquiry. For much of the year the students gather evidence for the atomic model of matter through the use of the IPS curriculum. Topics investigated include: mass, properties of matter, solubility, compounds, elements, and atomic structure.

Class VI Science | Full Year
Full Credit
Required For: Class VI

Class VI science has two aims: first, it teaches students to engage in the natural world through inquiry and experimentation, and second, students develop an understanding of themselves as learners. By doing this, they hone a variety of important skills relating to time management, organization, critical thinking, and learning for understanding. The year starts with a study of the structure and function of the adolescent brain and how it changes as they learn. They then move on to explore the fundamental principles that govern ecosystems such as food webs, energy pyramids, symbiotic relationships, ecosystem organization, adaptations, natural selection, and interactions of populations.  This culminates in an examination of the global issues surrounding endangered species. The year concludes with a unit on forensic science, which allows the students to develop their observation and analytical skills as they become crime scene investigators.

Class VI science introduces the Haiku Learning Management System and the iPad, which are integral to learning in this class; the iPad’s mobility allows the class to be unfettered by the walls of a conventional classroom.  Students use apps such as Tellagami, Animation HD, and Explain Everything that allow them to create videos and presentations, demonstrating what they have learned in nontraditional ways.   Using the iPad, students also download and edit worksheets, access the class website, organize their notes, and share information easily.

 

Class V Science | Full Year
Full Credit
Required For: Class V

In this course, students adopt the role of a scientist who constructs knowledge about the physical sciences through guided inquiry. For much of the year the students gather evidence for the atomic model of matter through the use of the IPS curriculum. Topics investigated include: mass, properties of matter, solubility, compounds, elements, and atomic structure. In the last ten weeks students construct a solar-powered car as part of the National J.S.S. competition. This project takes students through the engineering model of problem-solving as they learn the fundamentals of forces, motion and simple machines. In addition to building and testing several solar car prototypes, students learn to use computer probes to collect data and create and interpret graphs.
 

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