The goal of this course is to increase the student’s scientific literacy and skills to achieve success in high school and make informed decisions in life as a science student. All course content is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and the Archdiocese of Chicago Benchmarks. Experimental design and scientific argumentation will be integrated into the course in the form of lab reports, research projects, and inquiry activities.
Life Science is introduced in 7th grade and is designed to provide students with a detailed understanding of the major life processes common to all organisms through laboratory investigations and modeling activities. This course provides opportunities to apply the scientific methods to practical and real-life problems. Laboratory activities include dissection, microscopic observation, and investigation of life from the molecular level to the complexity of the entire organism and its role in the ecosystem.
The two main areas of study in 8th grade include chemistry and physics. In physical science, problem- solving is an important set of skills that students must learn and then develop through practice. Students will gain scientific knowledge from observation of natural phenomena and experimentation by designing and conducting experiments. Students will then evaluate and communicate the results of investigations according to accepted procedures.