MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE
All WCPS Middle School students take a Science class. Some schools offer science every day for the full year in periods from 45-52 minutes in length. Other schools offer Science as a double block (90 minutes) alternating every day with social studies to allow for extended time for students to engage in hands-on investigations.
The Elementary and Middle School Science Curriculum takes a spiraled approach in which broad topics are examined and reexamined in subsequent grades with increasing complexity, rigor, and sophistication.
A primary resource for Middle School Science instruction is the Discovery Education Science Techbook. Students and teachers may access the Techbook at school through the link in Zia Links. It may be accessed at home at wcboe.discoveryeducation.com Username and Password are the same as what is used to login to school computers. Other online resources include Gizmos and Legends of Learning.
Topics by Grade
Unit 1: Ecology
Unit 2: Earth Systems
Unit 3: Astronomy
Unit 4: Waves, Electricity, & Magnetism
Unit 1: Interactions of Matter
Unit 2: Cell Inquiry
Unit 3: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
Unit 4: Human Anatomy and Physiology
Unit 5: Diversity and Unity of Life
Unit 6: Humans in the Environment
Unit 1: Weather & Climate
Unit 2: Mechanics
Unit 3: Evolution & Adaptation
Unit 4: Chemistry
The NGSS Performance Expectations addressed in each unit may be found here.
All 8th Grade students in Maryland must take the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA) each March. This assessment satisfies the Federal requirement that all students are assessed in Science at least one time during middle school. MISA includes content from 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. More information on MISA is available here: http://marylandpublicschools.org/about/Pages/DAAIT/Assessment/MISA/index.aspx