Middle School Science Investigates The World

Grade six science is transitioning from learning the basics about the Earth’s Interior to apply their new knowledge to real world data about Mt. Rainier, a volcano in the western United States. To help with the transition we have been diving into the rock cycle to learn how it changes the appearance of the Earth’s surface and how the Earth’s interior can affect rocks. Students were tasked with creating models of how the geologic timeline (layers of rock) can be moved and changed by the motion of the Earth’s crust.

It’s been an exciting beginning of the year in grade seven science! Our first unit has been all about ecosystems, including biotic and abiotic factors, food webs, and energy relationships. Seventh graders have been working very hard on summative ecosystems presentations. Students picked an ecosystem of their choice and then could present about their ecosystems using any method they wanted. During our EE trip students conducted a really neat water quality lab in a stream. They also dissected owl pellets. The lab was pretty gross, but it’s still amazing how many different rodents can fit into a single owl pellet! As we wrap up the first quarter we look forward to our next unit which is all about cells.

Eighth grade science started the year by investigating properties of matter such as density, conductivity, and malleability. Students created density bottles from liquids such as corn syrup, vinegar, and ethanol. Students have also been working diligently to improve their scientific writing skills. We are now transitioning to learning about atoms and the periodic table. Students recently conducted a lab to investigate the positive and negative charges on pieces of tape, paper, and aluminum foil. Students were amazed to see tape repelling other pieces of tape – it’s not magic, it’s science!

Text and photos from Sharon Surette

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