Science Department Mission Statement
MS 131 science curriculum offers a wide array of investigation intensive units involving the disciplines of physics, chemistry and biology. The science department maintains a focus on critical thinking skills while encouraging students to draw their conclusions based on their own experimentation and data collection. This effort culminates in the 8th grade science exit project where students are challenged to create, implement and present an experiment of their own design. Throughout these experiments students are learning essential science skills such as the use of appropriate tools for measurement and observation that will be crucial as they continue through their education. Students are also presented with many opportunities during each unit to draw their own conclusions from present published research through article analysis and reflective writing on a variety of current science topics. It is a universal goal of the department to present science as an important aspect of society that is both relative and interesting to the individual students we teach.
Unit 1: Launcher unit: Book Support Challenge
Unit 2: Weather
Unit 4: Diversity of life and Interdependence
Unit 5: Simple machines
Unit 1: Earth Structure Unit
Unit 2: Human Body System
Unit 3: Chemistry Matter Unit
Unit 4: Why are plants important?
Unit 1: Force & Motion
Unit 2: Season
Unit 3: Reproduction & Development
Unit 4: Genetic