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Elementary School Science Courses

Third Grade Science Course

(Full Year Course) The study of science in 3rd Grade includes conducting descriptive investigations using scientific methods, analyzing data, and making tables and graphs. Students use tools such as collecting nets, sound recorders, and spring scales to collect, analyze, and record information. In this integrated science course, students explore many scientific concepts and will perform tasks such as measuring physical properties of matter; describing the forms of energy; investigating how forces cause change; describing rapid changes to Earth’s surface; comparing different landforms; creating models of the solar system; understanding the structures of living organisms and how they interact with each other and the environment, and comparing life cycles of different plants and animals.

Fourth Grade Science Course

(Full Year Course) The study of science in 4th Grade includes conducting descriptive investigations using scientific methods, analyzing data, and making graphs. Students use tools such as beakers, compasses, and balances to collect, analyze, and record information. In this integrated science course, students explore many scientific concepts and will perform tasks such as measuring physical properties of matter; predicting how matter changes with heating and cooling; describing the forms of energy and its cycles; understanding slow changes to Earth’s surface; recognizing weather patterns and using weather maps; understanding the structures and relationships of living organisms and their environment; illustrating and comparing life cycles of different plants and animals; and investigating patterns in the Sun, Earth, Moon system, including shadows and lunar phases.

Fifth Grade Science Course

(Full Year Course) The study of science in 5th Grade includes conducting descriptive and experimental investigations using scientific methods, analyzing data, and making models. Students use tools such as beakers, magnets, and spring scales to collect, analyze, and record information. In this integrated science course, students classify matter by its physical properties; describe the forms of energy and its cycles; investigate how forces cause change; diagram changes to Earth’s surface; compare Earth’s renewable and nonrenewable resources; understand the structures of living organisms and how they interact with each other and the environment; and recognize patterns in the Sun, Earth, Moon system.

Fifth Grade Science STAAR® Study Guide (Texas Standards)

(Full Year Course) In the 5th Grade Science STAAR® Study Guide, students review science content TEKS in the following STAAR®-tested reporting categories. The Study Guide also includes two STAAR®-like practice tests. The tests are the same length as the STAAR® test with the corresponding number of questions for each category. When scoring the test, each question is associated with a category. Students and teachers can determine if they are struggling or excelling in certain categories and redo the questions in the Study Guide for a particular category.

Middle School Science Courses

Sixth Grade Science Course

(Full Year Course) 6th Grade Science is an integrated course surveying essential concepts in physics, geology, chemistry, astronomy, and biology. Students will investigate elements and compounds while learning the basics of chemistry. Students will examine different forms of energy and the laws of motion. An investigation of the structure of the earth will precede a study of the characteristics and properties of rocks, minerals, and fossils. A study of astronomy, including galaxies, stars, and the solar system will provide a context in which students will consider the history and future of space exploration. The course concludes with an inquiry into cells, classification, and ecology. Throughout the course, there are lab investigations, including video labs, to reinforce science concepts and skills.

Seventh Grade Science Course

(Full Year Course) The 7th Grade Science course will deepen students’ understanding of life science. The course begins with the basic building blocks of life—cells. A unit on genetics will challenge students to investigate how DNA, genes, and proteins affect reproduction. Students will learn about different life processes and the importance of water, nitrogen, and carbon cycles. Students will analyze the effect of climate and weather on life and the environment. An investigation into human body systems, including the skeletal, respiratory, and immune systems, precedes the concluding unit on ecology where students will learn how living things interact with their environments. Throughout the course, there are lab investigations to reinforce science concepts and skills.

Eighth Grade Science Course

(Full Year Course) 8th Grade Science will challenge students with an integrated study of earth, physical, and biological sciences. Students will analyze the relationship between the Earth, Sun, and Moon. Students will better understand the changing earth as they survey physical processes, such as erosion and weathering, and the characteristics of rocks and minerals. A unit on oceanography will introduce students to the geological, chemical, and biological aspects of the ocean. Students will consider the fundamentals of matter and energy along with the application of energy, force, and motion in physics. Units on plant and animal biology will introduce students to the importance of habitats and earth cycles in sustaining life. The course concludes with a look at the human impact on the earth. Throughout the course, there are lab investigations to reinforce science concepts and skills.

Eighth Grade Science STAAR® Study Guide (Texas Standards)

(Full Year Course) In the 8th Grade Science STAAR® Study Guide, students review science content TEKS in the STAAR®-tested reporting categories. The Study Guide also includes two STAAR®-like practice tests. The tests are the same length as the STAAR® test with the corresponding number of questions for each category. When scoring the test, each question is associated with a category. Students and teachers can determine if they are struggling or excelling in certain categories and redo the questions in the Study Guide for a particular category.

High School Science Courses

Integrated Physics and Chemistry (Physical Science) Course

(Full Year Course) In IPC, students will learn many fascinating chemistry and physics concepts. Students have a brief introduction to the scientific method, lab safety, and the metric system. The study of chemistry begins with the atomic theory and the Periodic Table, applying theory to develop chemical formulas and balance equations. The course includes investigations into acids and bases, gas laws, and nuclear chemistry. Students explore Newton’s laws of motion and other physics concepts including mass, force, motion, velocity, acceleration, gravity, and energy. A study of electricity and magnetism, simple machines, the laws of thermodynamics, and energy waves rounds out the physics portion of the course. Throughout the course, there are lab investigations, including video labs, to reinforce science concepts and skills.

High School Biology Course

(Full Year Course) In Biology, students will develop an appreciation for the living world. A brief history of biology followed by an investigation of the basic unit of life—the cell—will prepare students for deeper research. Students will explore topics concerning genetics, including meiosis, heredity, and DNA. Students will consider natural selection, the origin of life theories, and the mechanics of evolution. An exploration of “little critters” such as bacteria precedes a study of plant structures, processes, and reproduction. Students will inquire into animal behavior and characteristics as they study invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, among others. An inspection of nutrition and disease will lead students to examine human body systems. The course will conclude with an analysis of the interdependence of living things in ecosystems.

High School Chemistry Course

(Full Year Course) A foundational branch of physical science, the principles, and laws of chemistry find many applications in business, technology, health care, and other fields outside traditional scientific areas. Beginning with a look at measurements, calculations, data analysis, and the scientific method, students will investigate the properties of elements, compounds, and mixtures. A survey of the history of theories of atomic structure will lead students to Mendeléev’s periodic table and an inspection of the periodic law. Next, students will apply atomic theory in the study of molecular and chemical bonding interactions through chemical formulas, reactions, and stoichiometry. Students’ knowledge will expand as they learn about the states of matter, gas laws, solutions, acids and bases, thermochemistry and reaction kinetics, and oxidation-reduction reactions. The course concludes with inquiries into organic chemistry, biochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Throughout the course, there are lab investigations, including video labs, to reinforce science concepts and skills.

High School Physics Course

(Full Year Course) In this course, students will learn physics concepts, including matter and energy, motion and force, speed, velocity, and acceleration in order to better understand how the universe behaves. A survey of the historical development of physics as a foundational branch of science will lead to recognition of the contributions of Newton, Einstein, Planck, and others. Students will apply physics concepts as they study gravity and acceleration, momentum, motion, and energy. The concepts of work and power will become evident as students learn how machines use torque and force to accomplish work. Students will recognize the roles of each fundamental force and will investigate electrostatics, thermodynamics, waveforms, particles, and quantum physics. Following an examination of the nucleus, radioactivity, fission, and fusion, the course concludes with the theories of special and general relativity. Throughout the course, there are lab investigations, including video labs, to reinforce science concepts and skills.

High School Astronomy Course

(Full Year Course) Beginning with a look at astronomy’s history, students will recognize the contributions of Ptolemy, Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton to our understanding of the universe. The second unit investigates telescopes and detectors such as radio receivers. An examination of the characteristics and processes of the Sun will be followed by a look at the terrestrial planets: Mercury, Venus, and Mars. After studying the Earth-Moon system, students will explore facts about the minor planets, Jupiter, Saturn, and the outer planets. Moving beyond the solar system, students will learn the characteristics of stars, galaxies, and deep space objects. Students will better appreciate the night sky after learning the constellations and will ponder the origin and fate of the universe with an inquiry into impermanence, special and general relativity, and cosmology.

High School Aquatic Science Course

(Full Year Course) In Aquatic Science students will test, predict, and learn about water and things pertaining to water. The first unit will guide students to think of water as a system. Learning the chemistry and physics of water, students will complete a course project by applying scientific methods to collect and analyze data on a local body of water. A survey of the physical properties of the ocean, including their formation and composition, will precede an inquiry into how the atmosphere and sun interact with the hydrosphere to create weather. Students will examine the elements and properties of aquatic ecosystems, including aquatic biology and marine and freshwater ecosystems. In the final unit, students will consider the relationship between humans and water, including challenges such as population growth competing for resources with agriculture and industry.

High School Environmental Systems Course

(Full Year Course) In Environmental Systems, students will learn about different Earth systems, how they interact with each other, and how humans impact these systems. Students will look at the scientific bases for land, water, atmosphere, and biosphere systems; discuss several environmental problems; analyze possible solutions; delve into laws already in existence; and discuss any possible future laws. Critical thinking will be required, as well as the ability to argue points from both sides of an issue. Throughout the course, there will be lab investigations, including video labs, to reinforce scientific concepts and skills.

High School Anatomy and Physiology Course

(Full Year Course) Anatomy and Physiology introduces students to the structures and functions of the amazing body. Students learn about different organ systems and how they work together to maintain life. Some of these organ systems include the circulatory, digestive, integumentary reproductive, and respiratory systems. Students examine different diseases that affect these systems and the treatments (both traditional and new) used to fight these diseases. The development and effects of aging on the different organ systems are explored throughout Anatomy and Physiology.

STAAR® Biology Study Guide (Texas Standards)

(Full Year Course) In the STAAR® Biology Study Guide, students review all Biology content TEKS in the STAAR®-tested reporting categories. The Study Guide also includes three STAAR®-like practice tests. The tests are the same length as the STAAR® test with the corresponding number of questions for each category. When scoring the tests, each question is associated with a category. Students and teachers can determine if they are struggling or excelling in certain categories and redo the questions in the Study Guide for a particular category.

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