Academic Information

Science

 

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.  

Scope and sequence of grades/programs

Sixth Grade
Students are introduced to the course in our Microbiome Unit, where students gain an understanding of the role of bacteria and our health.  Transition to the Metabolism Unit, students develop an understanding of how our bodies use the raw materials they ingest to run all our organ systems, as well as an opportunity to design a hypothetical nutrition bar to meet the needs of rescue workers.  The role of heat and molecular motion prepares us for our final units where we explore our oceans and how our climate has been changing over the history of Earth. 

Seventh Grade
Students are introduced to the course in our Geology on Mars Unit, where students examine geologic conditions on Earth to infer the geological processes that have taken place on Mars.  Our next unit continues to explore earth science principles introduced by exploring Plate Tectonics and how rocks are cycled through the planet.  After these units, students will have the opportunity to design and test a simulated tsunami detection system.  The latter half of the course focuses on Chemistry, a branch of Physical Science.   

Eighth Grade
8th Grade Science sequence includes units on Energy, Force & Motion, Light Waves, The Earth, Moon & Sun System, and Natural Selection. One of these units is followed by an Internship unit where students further develop their conceptual understanding by applying their new knowledge to solve either a real-world and/or hypothetical problem. 

All Grades
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.