Science

(One year at each grade level)

The goal of the Turner science department is to prepare the students for high school. The curriculum is designed to expose students to all three disciplines of science: Earth, physical and life. Each unit is correlated to the Illinois State Learning Standards. Students gain science knowledge by means of textbooks, direct instruction, Internet activities, videos, science labs and guest speakers. Both grade levels use classroom participation, daily work, discussions, projects, quizzes and tests to assess student progress. Reading, writing and math skills are all reinforced through the science curriculum.

Both 7th and 8th grade students begin the year reviewing metric measurement and scientific method. Seventh grade then studies (in the following order): atmosphere, weather, climate, Earth in space, life structure and classification, cell reproduction, heredity, properties and changes in matter, states of matter, substances, mixtures, solubility, Newton's laws, plants, minerals, rocks, conserving resources and climate.

The units for eighth grade are: electricity, magnetism, waves, light, sound, the atom, the periodic table, chemical bonds, chemical reactions, interactions of life, non-living environment, ecosystems, Sun, Earth, solar system, stars, galaxies, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, Earth's past, geologic time, work and simple machines.

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