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    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.  

    Members Of The Department What They Teach
     Bruce Bishop 8th Grade
    Gabrielle Peirce 7th/8th Grade
    Janet Aurelius 6th Grade
    Breck McKean 6th/7th Grade

    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.  



    Rube Goldberg Machines

    Many of this years’ 8th graders submitted some very impressive Rube Goldberg Machine presentations. This project required students to use common household items, toys, etc., and lots of imagination, to design and construct a Rube Goldberg Machine, then use it to demonstrate what they’ve learned about the concepts of energy transfers and transformations, as well as Newton’s Laws of Motion. Here are some of the top submissions we’d like to share, with permission granted from the students and their families.