GFMS Science Department
5th Grade Science
Curriculum focuses on the scientific method. Students practice the skills of observation, data analysis & deductive reasoning during lab investigations of living things both plant & animal
6th Grade Science
Focus is on the physical sciences with an emphasis on matter. The characteristics, properties & chemical composition of all forms of matter are investigated. Additionally, the atmosphere and human impacts on planet earth are explored and students will leave with knowledge of alternate forms of energy and sustainability . Life science concepts are interwoven whenever possible.
7th Grade Science
Focus is on the study of the living environment with five major life science topics covered. 1. Structure, function and information processing; 2. Growth, development, and reproduction of organisms; 3. Matter and energy in organisms and ecosystems; 4. Interdependent relationships in ecosystems; and 5. Natural selection and adaptations.
8th Grade Science
Study of the forces and interactions that shape our planet. Students will investigate the concepts of density, force & motion, weather & climate, and energy. The physical world is explored in great depth. Students will plan and conduct investigations to explain scientific phenomena. A focus on lab skills, graphing, and interpreting data will be an essential part of all units.
Earth Science - This is a Regents class in which students are introduced to cyclical events that affect our lives on earth. Geology, meteorology, astronomy, plate tectonic activity, volcanoes and earthquakes, landscape development, weathering and technology's affect on our environment are studied in depth. Students are selected by specific criteria.
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