Overview of Science at McClure
Our goal in science is to cultivate critical thinkers and problem solvers who are able to apply concepts and grow their understanding of the world around them. We nurture the naturally inquisitive minds through inquiry based instruction. Our curricula are fully aligned with and guided by the Next Generation Science Standards, which include Disciplinary Core Ideas, Crosscutting Concepts, and Science and Engineering Practices. The department collaborates regularly to provide a fully aligned experience that includes content, assessments, and grading. Moreover, technology, engineering practices, and STEM careers are fused into the curriculum to facilitate greater connections.
We incorporate a variety of materials and concepts that are challenging at all levels of learning. Students who struggle in science are provided necessary supports through guided instruction, supplemental resources, such as websites and readings. Students who demonstrate mastery are provided advanced learning opportunities through more complex materials and content and are required to be able to apply their understanding to identify and solve problems.
Scope and Sequence of Grades/Programs
6th Grade Science:
Students are introduced to the Life Sciences and will expand their understanding of the biological components of life by focusing on the characteristics of living things, the diversity of life, and how organisms and populations change over time in terms of biological adaptation and genetics. The major topics covered are Diversity of Life, Genetics, Ecology and Evolution, and Human Body Systems.
7th Grade Science:
Students are introduced to Chemistry, a branch of Physical Science. Students start at the atomic level by learning the parts of an atom, how the form molecules, and how molecules are affected by temperature. Following, students learn the characteristic properties of matter and how they are used to identify unknown substances. Taking their knowledge of molecular interactions, students study how a variety of catastrophic events occur, including storms, earthquakes, and volcanoes.
8th Grade Science:
Students are introduced to Earth and Space Sciences where students explore the sun-earth-moon system. Further exploration allows students to develop a deeper understanding of the effects of the system on Earth’s seasons, tides, and weather patterns. Following this, students are introduced to the field of Physics where they study forms of energy, machines, and Newtonian laws of motion.
Students are provided an age appropriate unit on Family Life and Sexual Health. Seventh graders, are taught an additional unit on Drug and Alcohol Awareness. Letters will be sent home to alert parents/guardians prior to the units.