7th and 8th Religion
On odd numbered years, the 7th and 8th grade will study the life of Jesus and prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation. On even numbered years, the 7th and 8th graders will study the Mystery of the Catholic Church. We will also use the Top 20 program throughout the year in order to learn how to put our Church's teachings into action on a daily basis. Online resources for our textbook can be found at Loyola Press.
5th Grade Science
In the beginning of the year, fifth graders study matter, physical properties, changes in matter, and the scientific method. They use the scientific method to explore the states of matter. Midway through the year, the students learn about atoms, energy and electricity. In teams, the fifth graders design their own circuits with slide or push button switches made out of everyday items. During the last quarter, the students explore forces by doing experiments to see how bridges and buildings are designed to withstand all sorts of different forces that act on them every day. We end the year with the laws of motions. The online acitivity, Puck Chuck, and the balloon rocket experiment are class favorites!
6th Grade Science
In the beginning of the year, sixth graders study atoms, elements, coumpounds, acids and bases, physical changes, and chemical changes. Some favorite experiment include using litmus paper to classify different household products as acids or bases and experimenting with different ways to prevent iron nails from rusting. Midway through the year, the sixth grade focuses on the different forms of energy. To begin the unit, they explore how different toys store potential energy so that it can be transformed into kinetic energy, or the energy of motion. They will also learn about thermal energy, chemical energy, light energy, and sound energy. A small unit on the star cycle is covered during the light energy chapter. The end of the year focuses on plants. The sixth graders will design their own plant experiments and hopefully transplant their healthy plants to our school garden.
Plant Test #1 StudyStack
How Plants Grow StudyStack
Waves Energy Test StudyStack
Electromagnetic Energy StudyStack
Blobz Guide to Electricity
Universe and Star Websites
Star Cycle - You might need to use Internet Explorer
Zoom into the Star Cycle
Sound Quiz StudyStack
Explore Hearing Loss
What is too loud?
Virtual Oscilloscope - Move the knobs at the top to "1"
Energy Test StudyStack
Energy Hog Game
Getting Electricity To Your House
Qubec Electricity Activity
Wind and Solar Energy Game
Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter StudyStacks
Atoms, Elements, Periodic Table, & Acids/Bases StudyStacks
Acids and Bases Website Activities
Periodic Table Pop-Up Review
Interactive Periodic Table
7th Grade Science
The seventh graders study life science all year long and focus especially on bacteria, viruses, protists, fungi, the immune system, and genetics. After learning the charactertistics and needs of all living things, the students begin designing their own long-term life science projects. First, as a whole class model of the scientific method, we select one variable to test on bread mold and then do the entire project together as a class. The students then are better able to choose a topic of their choosing because they know what will be expected of them.
Gregor Mendel's Pea Lab
What are Genetic Traits Video Clip
Dog Breeding Challenge
8th Grade Science
The eighth graders focus on Earth Science all year long. The first part of the year is dedicated to learning how geologists map the Earth. Then, the students move on to using and interpreting topographic maps. Later in the year, eighth graders classify minerals and rocks. The end of the year is dedicated to the theory of plate tectonics and earthquakes. Creating a model of a three story building that can withstand a simulated earthquake is a class favorite! Throughout the year, students develop and carry out their own long term science project using Google Docs.
Locating The Epicenter
Lab Vocab StudyStack
Earth Science Vocab StudyStack
Rock Intro StudyStack
Rock Test StudyStack
Plate Tectonics StudyStack
Plate Tectonics Process Identification