Ramsey Science Course Descriptions

6th grade SCIENCE

Sixth grade science is a focused, hands-on investigation that uses the innovation process. We will center our investigations on four units: Practice of Science and Engineering; Physical Science: Motion, Force, and Engineering; Light and Sounds Wave Energy; and Life Science: Structures and Function of Living Systems. In this 100 minute block, students will develop the investigative and collaborative skills to explore as scientists in small groups while deepening their understanding of science concepts. Students will be asked to develop the habits of mind and disciplinary literacy of scientists and engineers. Students will design investigations and solve problems that are relevant to them and their community while also integrating principles of the arts and other content areas to build connections throughout their day.

7th grade SCIENCE 

In this inquiry-based course, students will explore life and physical science concepts. There are five major units of study: Elements, Compounds, and Chemical Reactions; Structure and Function of Living Systems; Diversity; Nature Systems; and Physical Properties of Matter. These investigations will provide meaningful opportunities for students to make connections to other disciplines including mathematics, engineering, and art. Daily lab experiences will promote the development of technology, literacy, and communication skills. Working as scientists, students in this course will conduct and design experiments, make observations, record and analyze data, and develop scientific explanations.

SCIENCE FAIR

In this elective course, science teachers will facilitate the process of students choosing a science fair topic, designing and conducting an experiment, and presenting its’ results. Students will be guided in the investigative process and given feedback as they progress throughout the semester.