5th Grade Science

Science in grade 5 is an exciting introduction to physics, and earth and life science and engineering. Through labs, demonstrations, the scientific method and research students will discover how science is connected to the world around them. Topics covered will include matter, energy (heat, electricity, magnetism, sound), and ecology. Skills include inquiry, problem solving, reading and comparing informational texts and drawing conclusions

 6th Grade Science

6th grade students at HBMS will cover three units of study. They begin the year by reviewing the scientific method and the metric system. The first unit is Astronomy. Here students will learn about the reasons for our seasons, how Earth rotates and revolves, the Moon, Sun and other aspects of our Solar System. There is also a Planet Project assigned during this unit. This is a cross curriculum project involving research, writing, math, and technology, aligning with the new common core Massachusetts standards.

The second unit of study deals with the Inside of the Earth. Topics such as Earth’s layers, earthquakes, volcanoes, rocks and minerals and plate tectonics will be explored. The final unit of study deals with Earths Changing Surface. Students will learn reasons for Earth’s erosion, study contour maps and analyze fossils.

7th Grade Science
The seventh grade science curriculum is Life Science. The essential question of the year is “What is life on our planet?” The curriculum encompasses the study of living things on our planet, from single cells and simple organisms, to complex plants and animals, to ecosystems and biomes. To gain knowledge of concepts relating to these topics, students will engage regularly in outdoor and indoor hands-on investigations, in addition to participating in reading and discussion of text and other resource material.

8th Grade Science
Grade 8 physical science includes the learning and exploring of different physics and chemistry topics. In this class, we try out all sort of neat experiments! Collectively, we help each other reach goals for understanding the basics of physical science to provide information for everyday decision-making and as a foundation for future learning.

During the year, we explore and learn about the following topics:
Motion and Energy
• Forces
• Elements, Compounds and Mixtures
• Properties of Matter
• Engineering/Technology
• Science Process Skills:
In science, a range of important skills provides the basis for investigation. These skills
are useful in other classes and everyday life. We will be learning and practicing these
skills throughout the year.Content for this course is based on curriculum standards set by the school district and Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. You can learn more about the Massachusetts
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