Welcome to Middle School Science!

Course description:

With inquiry at the core, MYP Science classes at MIS aim to guide students to independently and collaboratively investigate issues through research, observation and experimentation.  MYP sciences aim to encourage and enable students to:

• understand and appreciate science and its implications

• consider science as a human endeavor with benefits and limitations

• cultivate analytical, inquiring and flexible minds that pose questions, solve problems, construct explanations and judge arguments

• develop skills to design and perform investigations, evaluate evidence and reach conclusions

• apply language skills and knowledge in a variety of real-life contexts

• develop sensitivity towards the living and non-living environments

• reflect on learning experiences and make informed choices.

 

This year’s topics of study:

6th Grade

Matter in Motion

Statement of Inquiry:  Collecting evidence allows us to investigate and model patterns observed in natural systems.

Health: Promoting Health Choices  

Statement of Inquiry:  We can be role models for others by promoting informed choices and a healthy relationship with our own bodies.

Science Fair 

Statement of Inquiry:  Using adaptive inquiry and critical analysis, we are able to collect evidence of interactions and explore the relationships that emerge.

Energy Conservation

Statement of Inquiry:  The development of a sustainable energy system requires humans to think creatively about natural resources.

 

7th & 8th Grade

Chemical Building Blocks

Statement of Inquiry: Understanding the patterns of how things interact helps us to recognize the products and processes of change.

Health: Substance Abuse Awareness

Statement of Inquiry: Understanding the patterns of how things interact helps us to recognize the products and processes of change.

Science Fair 

Statement of Inquiry:  Using adaptive inquiry and critical analysis, we are able to collect evidence of interactions and explore the relationships that emerge.

Water Quality

Statement of Inquiry: The way we care for the conditions of environmental systems has critical consequences to the health of surrounding communities.

 

Assessment

Assessments guide and inform instruction.  There are 4 MYP assessment criteria for sciences:

Criterion A: Knowing and understanding

Students develop scientific knowledge (facts, ideas, concepts, processes, laws, principles, models and theories) and apply it to solve problems and express scientifically supported judgments.

Criterion B: Inquiring and designing

Students develop intellectual and practical skills through designing, analyzing and performing scientific investigations.

Criterion C: Processing and evaluating

Students collect, process and interpret qualitative and/or quantitative data, and explain conclusions that have been appropriately reached.

Criterion D: Reflecting on the impacts of science

Students evaluate the implications of scientific developments and their applications to a specific problem or issue. Varied scientific language is applied to demonstrate understanding. Students should become aware of the importance of documenting the work of others when communicating in science.

 

2020 MIS Science Fair:

The MIS Science Fair is scheduled for TBA in the MIS gym.  Students will present their research from 2:00 to 3:00 – please join us!  Projects will also remain on display after school and until 8:45 the next morning.

2020 Montana State Science Fair:

The Montana Science Fair will be held Monday, March 30th at the University of Montana’s Adams Center.  Public viewing is from 7:00 – 9:00pm that evening.  All MIS 7th and 8th graders will be given the opportunity to participate in the State Science Fair.  For more information:  http://hs.umt.edu/mtsciencefair/

 

Helpful Links:

Lab Report template

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