Middle School Science Curriculum
Study Jams! Website
Online Simulations Website
Chemistry Help Website
Physics Help Website
Cell Biology Help Website
ROOM 304, Science Lab
Science at St. Alphonsus emphasizes inquiry-based learning and hands-on experimentation throughout the curriculum. Students explore topics from the vantage point of scientists and there is an ongoing focus on the scientific method and problem solving. Our young scientists are encouraged to design their own experiments and to investigate scientific phenomena of particular interest to them.
The entire middle school science program is based on a spiral curriculum model. All of the specific disciplines – Earth Science, Life Science, Physics and Chemistry – are taught throughout all grade levels. This approach allows students to revisit subject areas and to continually reinforce their learning.
Our science curriculum is designed to fully prepare all students for the science classes they will encounter in high school. Students are expected to read the assigned chapters from the textbook, take notes from the book and in class, participate in labs/experiments and classroom discussions/projects, study and prepare for quizzes and tests. Students will be encouraged to use the internet to find additional research. Enrichment opportunities are available at all grade levels, and students are encouraged to challenge themselves with advanced individual and group study. In the upcoming school year, our students will also be participating in the Science Fair at the regional level.
The science lab at St. Alphonsus is fully equipped for hands-on experiments. The lab features eight sinks, numerous electrical outlets, and natural gas outlets for Bunsen burners. There is also a vast array of specialized equipment needed for conducting scientific experiments including balance beam scales, oscilloscopes, an abundance of glassware, microscopes, dissection kits, models and natural history collections. The lab has the latest in safety equipment including an emergency eye-wash station and emergency shower. While the room is primarily used by the Middle School, all teachers from Kindergarten on up have access to the room throughout the week.
6th Grade Curriculum
-Chemistry: The Nature of Matter
-Physics: Interactions of Matter
-Earth Science: Earth's Changing Surface
7th Grade Curriculum
-Life Science: The Basis of Life
-Life Science: Human Body Systems (with Frog Dissections)
-Life Science: Interdependence of Life
8th Grade Curriculum
-Chemistry: Chemistry of Matter
-Space Science: Earth's Place in the Universe
-Physics: Motion, Forces and Energy
Here is an example of a complete science fair paper, for those of you who would like something to refer to when working on your own paper. Your paper does not have to look exactly like this, but should follow the same format. It is especially important that your review of literature is done in APA style and includes in-line citations.
The example paper can be found here:
IJAS (Illinois Junior Academy of Science) Website:
Basics of Google Sheets/Microsoft Excel - "How To" Instructions
SCIENCE FAIR WEBSITES:
1. Education.Com: Ideas for Middle School Science Projects https://www.education.com/science-fair/middle-school/
2. Science Buddies: Use the topic selection wizard to help you figure out what science projects interest you most. Once you have a topic, get help doing research, setting up the experiments, and completing them.http://www.sciencebuddies.org/
3. Science Fair Central: Includes cool project ideas, a science fair handbook, reviews of students' experiments, and more from Discovery Channel School. https://www.sciencefaircentral.com/?utm_source=DE&utm_medium=carousel
4. Science Fair Project Resource Guide: Samples, ideas, magazines, resources, and more. Includes a list of sites that explain the Scientific Method. http://www.ipl.org/div/projectguide/
5. Super Science Fair Projects: Guide to projects, topics, experiments, and tips for successfully completing a science project, including the six steps of the Scientific Method. http://www.super-science-fair-projects.com/
Miss Klokocki is a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary and Middle Level Education, with a minor in Math & Science Concepts, which includes endorsements in all four core subjects, plus English as a Second Language(ESL). She is a native born Polish speaker. She welcomes any student to challenge and best her in Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trivia. This is her 4th year at St. Al's.