Science

Junior high science at Acaciawood School covers earth science and physical science. Students learn concepts about how things work around us. Topics in the curriculum include astronomy, hydrology, geology, meteorology, oceanography, basic chemistry, and basic physics (for details see the Science 7/8 course information page).

Perspective:

Science in junior high school takes a marked turn in student performance objectives. Studies continue to focus on 1) the processes in scientific investigation and 2) learning to master subject content. But the quantity and depth of study becomes much more demanding.

First, students should continue to build on their habits of exploring, inquiring, hypothesizing, observing and collecting data through which they should also learn to analyze data and draw conclusions. These scientific habits can be developed through carrying out experiments, working on long-term projects, or doing research papers. Second, students must build their base of science knowledge by acquiring strategies to study textbook material and by learning how to research and write.

Components:

Throughout the junior science curriculum emphasis is placed on:

  1. Providing a structure for developing study skills. We particularly enocurage students to employ SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review) to decide which particular study methods will best suit studies for any chapter.
  2. Development of scientific thinking skills through projects and experiments using the scientific method.
  3. Writing research papers/essays on science topics.
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