Mrs. Haworth's Science Classes

6th Grade Science

Earth Science (Energy Transformation, Movement and Earth Processes)

For the first part of this year, we will explore the main driving force behind all natural processes: ENERGY.   This study of energy will include understanding the various types of energy, the transformation of energy, and how energy moves in ecosystems to maintain life on Earth.  We will then use this knowledge of energy to examine the many processes and events that occur in space and on Earth, and how it relates to the geologic features, weather, and landforms we see today.

Students learn about forces and energy by designing and testing a paper rollercoaster.

7th Grade Science

Middle School Chemistry (Matter and Its Changes From Atoms to Ecosystems)

This year in science we will be focusing on the properties and the changes that matter undergoes from tiny atoms to large, complex ecosystems.  For most of this year, we will examine the makeup of matter at the atomic level and how it changes & reacts.  Towards the end of the year, we will use this knowledge of chemical changes to explore the life-sustaining processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration, and the interactions of organisms, energy, and matter in ecosystems.  We will also explore the scientific method, and review the forms and transformations of energy.

Students learn about matter by designing and separating a mixture using simple physical processes.

8th Grade Science

Life Science (and a little of Physical Science)

This year in 8th grade science, we will be exploring life from the tiny cell, to complex interacting body systems, and finally to the classification and functioning of individual organisms. We will also cover a the two physical topics of 1) waves and 2) forces and motion.  Towards the latter part of the year, we will develop an understanding of genetics, and how traits are passed on from one generation to the next. Finally, we will explore plant and animal life cycles, and the special ways organisms are adapted to their environment.