Science

Elementary Science classes follow the hands-on science curriculum laid out by Nancy Larson. 

Middle school science at Saint Joseph’s focuses on major areas of science over a four year period- Earth and Space Science, Biology/Life science, and Physical Science (Physics and Chemistry).

Classes are a blend of inquiry, discovery and traditional instruction and include laboratory activities.  

All Middle School Science classes begin the year learning to build and race solar cars.

5th Grade is a combination of all the Sciences (Physical, Earth and Life Science) and includes learning about lab safety, scientific method, metric system, developing and conducting experiments, atomic theory, periodic table, layers of the earth, landforms, plate tectonics, volcanoes, rocks and minerals, fossils, soil, raising trout and introduction to cells.

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The 6th Grade studies Earth Science in more depth with topics including the scientific method, SI Units and graphing, introduction to Earth Science, mapping Earth’s surface, rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, forces that shape the earth, Earth’s changing surface, Earth’s history, water, atmosphere, weather and climate, astronomy and space and natural resources. 

7th Grade students study Life Science with topics including the classification, biology of cells and their processes (mitosis, meiosis, cellular respiration and transportation), human body systems including integumentary, muscular, skeletal, digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine and nervous.

The 8th Grade studies Physical Science (Chemistry and Physics). For Chemistry, topics include the periodic table and atoms review, states of matter and its properties, atomic structure and chemical bonds, chemical reactions, substances, mixtures, solubility, carbon chemistry, and chemical equations.  In Physics, topics include motion and forces; energy; waves, sounds and light; and electricity and magnetism.

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