7/8 Science Project

                          Problem Solving Team                                                                                Self-Direction Team
Teacher: Erin Jones                                                                                                     Mike Edwards 
Extra Help: Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 Room 207                                                                       Mondays  3:00-4:00 Room 208

Physics Curriculum Overview

During this unit, students will learn to identify and measure forces acting upon objects and to describe and measure the energy required for those objects to interact.  During this process, students begin by learning how to measure and convert common scientific units using the metric system.  The curriculum has a strong hands-on approach and requires students to collect data by making numerous measurements of variables along the way.  Visual observations and numerical data will be constantly used to enhance student understanding of the concepts discussed.  During this learning process students will continuously revisit the main concepts of density, forces, energy, and motion during all aspects of the curriculum.  The major rubric projects have been designed to be challenging, hands-on, and fun.  Throughout each small activity and major project, students are taught to make precise measurements, apply their math skills, and to think critically.  By the end of the unit, the hope is that students will be able to appreciate the complex interactions of matter that allow even the simplest of tasks to occur.

We will focus on answering the following Physics essential questions:

  • What is a force?

  • How are potential and kinetic energy different?

  • How do physical characteristics affect density?

  • How do we measure the movement of an object?

  • How does friction affect an object’s movement?

  • What creates flight, and what are the forces that affect it?

Biology Curriculum Overview

During this project class, students will learn an appreciation for the diversity of organisms that exist on earth and how scientists differentiate and classify them based on similarities and differences.  The approach to the curriculum is that students look at whole organisms, then learn about the body systems and their corresponding organs.  They will learn about the different types of cells and their organelles that make up complex multicellular organisms and will understand that single-celled organisms perform the same living functions.  The origin of the differences of form and function are researched as the concepts of genetics is introduced.  The biology curriculum concludes by understanding how environmental pressures influence the genes of each species over time and looking at evidence to support common lineages between organisms.

We will focus on answering the following Biology Essential Questions:

* What characteristics are common to all living things?

* How do scientists organize all living things?

* How do the different parts of the human body work together?

* What makes me look like me?

* What are the types and functions of cells in living things?

Current Rubrics & Other Documents