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Students will rotate during the second trimester in science.  Physical science is taught during a rotation where classes rotate to other teachers for about two weeks each.  This allows each teacher to teach his/her content in greater depth, and also helps introduce students to the “middle school” structure they will experience next year.


The science curriculum is centered on different themes, such as the solar system or human physiology.  We will focus on earth, physical and life science during the three trimesters.  The weekly labs are integrated into the daily lessons.  Lab content may be incorporated into assessments and are likely to be assigned writing topics.  Active participation and understanding of the labs will be important across the curriculum.


Science is intrinsically motivating to most students, but can be challenging because of new vocabulary and concepts.  It is imperative that students study the material covered.  Discuss what is taught in the classroom.  Review student science notes regularly as well as support materials like worksheets and crossword puzzles.  Students are expected to participate in class discussions, take notes, review those notes nightly, and ask questions when needed.