Welcome to St. Joe Science!
St. Joseph Grade School Purpose and Vision

Educating hearts and minds in the Holy Cross tradition, making God known, loved, and served.

The Christian education community of Saint Joseph School believes in the individuality of each student.  It is a collective effort by all--teachers, parents, and the parish community--to foster the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, physical, and social development of our children.

Science Syllabus 2018-2019

Mission of the Science Curriculum

The goal is to help the students see how science is connected to everything else in life. Content knowledge will be important as well as scientific reasoning. Students will also learn and strengthen skills to help them succeed in science later in high school, college, and their various careers.


Grading

The students in science class will be graded on a points system. Points on all assignments have equal weight and will be added together to give the cumulative grade each trimester. There will be homework approximately 2-3 times per week, vocabulary quizzes every week or two, tests monthly, and labs frequently. The students will also have projects in science once or twice a trimester. All assignments will be posted on Google Classroom no later than 4 pm the day they are assigned, and that is the preferred method to turn in digital work. Each class will have at least two graded assessments per week and those will be added to Powerschool no later than Tuesday of the following week.


Redoes-Retakes

Students have the opportunity to redo or retake most assignments, quizzes, and tests. This needs to be completed in a timely manner. When a student receives graded work from Mr. Cole they have 1 week to redo or retake that assessment. First they need to discuss this with Mr. Cole and then we can make a plan for that assignment. Homework can most often be redone with a discussion with Mr. Cole. Quizzes and tests that can be will be over the same material but with different questions.



6th Grade Topics

The 6th grade will be focusing on mostly three areas, Astronomy, Energy, and Ecology.  

First trimester: Astronomy

Some examples of the what the astronomy unit will include are: gravity, inertia, earth’s movements through space, the characteristics of the planets.


Second Trimester: Energy

Some examples of the what the energy unit will include are: how objects move, how energy is is transferred, and properties of energy waves.


Third Trimester: Ecology

Some examples of the what the ecology unit will include are: basic needs of living things, flow of energy in an ecosystem, relationships of organisms, and invasive species.


Engineering:

Included in all units of study will be engineering processes. Students will design solutions to real world problems, identify constraints and criteria of problems, analyze investigations to determine the best characteristics of solutions and develop prototypes of devices to solve problems



7th Grade Topics

The 7th grade will be focusing on mostly three areas, Geology, Physics, Body Systems

First Trimester: Geology

Some examples of the what the geology unit will include are: properties of minerals, rock cycle, geologic time, continental drift, layers of the earth, and renewable resources.


Second Trimester: Physics

Some examples of the what the physics unit will include are: atoms, molecules, compounds, law of conservation of mass, newton’s laws of motion, and energy transfer,


Third Trimester: Body Systems

Some examples of the what the body systems unit will include are: cells and cell organelles, single celled organisms, multicelled organisms, tissues, organs, and organ systems.


Engineering:

Included in all units of study will be engineering processes. Students will design solutions to real world problems, identify constraints and criteria of problems, analyze investigations to determine the best characteristics of solutions and develop prototypes of devices to solve problems

Science Fair

Finally the seventh grade students will be participating in a Science Fair this year.  They will be required to do an original experiment on their own and present their data and conclusions at the school-wide science fair in December or January.  If a student does well then he or she will have a chance to advance to the regional science fair or even the state science fair.  It is never too soon to start thinking of a topic!



8th Grade Topics

The 8th grade will be focusing on mostly three areas, Chemistry, Genetics, and Weather.

First Trimester: Chemistry

Some examples of the what the chemistry unit will include are: atomic and subatomic particles, the periodic table, elements, molecules, compounds, chemical reactions, and balancing chemical equations.


Second Trimester: Genetics

Some examples of the what the genetics unit will include are: mitosis and meiosis, genetic material, heredity, natural selection, DNA, taxonomy, evolution, how we alter genetic material.


Third Trimester: Weather

Some examples of the what the weather unit will include are: water cycle, energy in the atmosphere, climate change, and natural resources.

Engineering:

Included in all units of study will be engineering processes. Students will design solutions to real world problems, identify constraints and criteria of problems, analyze investigations to determine the best characteristics of solutions and develop prototypes of devices to solve problems



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