“This course is designed to be a student’s first systematic introduction to the sciences. Although it can be used for eighth grade (especially if the student has recently left the public schools), it is typically used best in the seventh grade. The course covers such topics as the scientific method, designing experiments, simple machines, archaeology, geology, paleontology, biology, and human anatomy and physiology.”
Students should bring all supplies to every class. This includes the student text, student notebook, binder and pencils. Students are required to keep an organized notebook consisting of notes, worksheets, tests/quizzes, and experiments.
In general, each module will take two weeks to cover. Class usually begins with a quiz over the previous week’s assignment. After the quiz, new material is introduced and explained. As time permits, experiments are performed to further the students understanding of concepts or to introduce new ideas. For many of the modules, additional assignments are sent home to further understanding of important concepts in the chapter. Progress reports will be sent via email at the end of each six weeks and will include all in-class work (extra worksheets, quizzes, labs, projects).
Experiments are varied in this course. For the life science sections, students will begin to use microscopes and will dissect several different items. Students will work in groups to complete the labs. Students will then complete lab handouts, reports or abstracts to discuss what was learned in lab.
Participation in the FAITH science fair is mandatory for all general science students. Students will begin to work on projects as early as September with the fair to be held possibly in January. A science fair agenda will be posted or sent home so that the student and parent can plan accordingly.
I look forward to seeing each student in the Fall!