Junior high focuses on developing scientific thinking in all areas. Students begin the year with a clear understanding of the scientific method and work towards establishing practices of good researchers. By understanding these principles and thinking critically, students begin to answer questions about the world around us.
Students explore our amazing planet, Earth! The year begins with a study of the universe and Earth’s place within that universe. This includes an exploration of the solar system and the history of our planet. Next, students investigate the forces that are at work here on Earth. This includes a study of plate tectonics, weather, and the forces that change the surface of Earth. Towards the end of the year, students take a look at the ways that we, as humans, impact our Earth. We will ask questions about our use of natural resources and our role in climate change.
This year, students focus on building strong writing voices by studying grammar, paragraph structure, essay writing, and by exercising our creativity through personal narratives, poetry, and short stories.