Merced County Office of Education

 
Middle School Science Courses

Middle School Science Courses

6TH GRADE FOCUS ON EARTH SCIENCE is designed to introduce the student to Earth Science. Earth's changing surface will be studied such as rocks, minerals, forces shaping the Earth such as weathering and erosion, the atmosphere and the oceans. In addition, the student will learn about life and the environment in the form of ecology and preserving Earth's resources.

7TH GRADE FOCUS ON LIFE SCIENCE is designed to introduce the student to Life Science. The basis for the structure and classification of life, the basic unit of life the cell, and its processes and reproduction along with heredity, genetics and how organisms adapt over time will be studied. The human body systems covered includes the circulatory immunity, digestive, respiratory, excretory, skeletal, muscular, nervous and regulatory and reproductive systems. 

8TH GRADE FOCUS ON PHYSICAL SCIENCE is designed to introduce the student to Physical Science. The student will study the chemistry of matter with a look at the inside of an atom, the principles of the Periodic Table and finally the relationship of chemical bonds and chemical reactions. Motion and momentum will be studied as well as the principles of forces of Newton's Laws. The dynamics of work and energy will be explained and demonstrated with the principles and uses of simple machines. In addition, the physical interactions of electricity, magnetism, waves, sound and light will be studied.