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Honors Science

Students who are enrolled in the Honors Science courses will be learning materials that is enriched and extended. The types of enrichment or extensions will vary by class and year depending on the needs and interests of the students.

6th Grade

Honors Science focuses units of study in Life, Physical, and Earth science. Students will investigate using the science process.

They will be engaged in hands-on inquiry based activities through the use of science kits and other materials. They will also use small groups to aid in developing important skills such as communicating ideas, sharing responsibility, and develop socialization skills.

7th Grade

Honors Science will expose students to a diverse grouping of science topics this year.The format for teaching these topics is hands-on, mind-on and with lab experiences and projects.The topics listed below are from the state’s grade level content expectations for 7th grade science.

Honors students will be engaged in different activities to learn 7th grade science. The readings, projects and assignments will be chosen and graded according to the 7th grade Science and 8th grade English Language Arts content expectations.

 

8th Grade

Each trimester will focus on a different strand of Science.  The order of which strand will be taught is subject to change.

Life Science
This is one term course introduces students to foundational concepts in Life Science to prepare students to enroll in Honors Biology in grade 9.  Course discussion, group activities, and laboratory exercises that foster critical thinking, written communication, and inquiry of Life Science, will be stressed. This is not a High School earning credit course but a prerequisite for Honors Biology.

Chemistry I

This is one term course introduces students to foundational concepts in Chemistry.  Course discussion, group activities, and laboratory exercises that foster critical thinking, written communication, and inquiry of Chemistry, will be stressed.  Topics include: forms of energy, energy transfer and conservation, properties of matter, and changes in matter.  Credit earned in this one term course fulfills .5 of Chemistry I required for graduation.

Physics I
This is one term course introduces students to foundational concepts in Physics.  Course discussion, group activities, and laboratory exercises that foster critical thinking, written communication, and inquiry of Physics, will be stressed.  Topics include: motion of objects, forces and motion, forms of energy, and energy transformations.  Credit earned in this one term course fulfills .5 of Physics I required for graduation.