Kristen Reck
  • Science

    Kristen Reck

    Students learn science process skills most effectively when they have a central role in the discovery process. All of our science classes are as hands-on as possible, with regular lab experiences that complement the learning goals. Students learn and practice their new understandings in a variety of ways, including digital activities, group and individual projects, and engineering design.

    Grade 5, students study earth, physical, and life science.  Students have their first introduction to science as a separate discipline. Emphasis is put on how to do and learn science through project-based learning. For instance, when we learn about Earth’s systems, we identify how acid rain will impact each system. We also spend time learning how to experiment.

    In Grade 6, students study earth, physical, and life science. Students are gaining more independence in their learning, and beginning to delve deeper into each topic. We explore matter and phases, energy, weather, the rock cycle, and plate tectonics. We also learn about how living organisms are classified. Fun projects include building a Rube Goldberg machine (as we learn about energy), and weather tracking for a week.

    In Grade 7, students study physical science.  Topics in both chemistry and physics act as the focus for students as they learn the processing skills, content, and concepts that are necessary to be a good scientist.

    In Grade 8, students study life science.  This course is designed for students to study living things in their world, through cell biology and genetics. Students learn how modern living things have evolved, survive, and reproduce through the study of earth and life history. Students also learn how physical principles function in living systems.

    In Grade 8 Regents, students prepare for the Living Environment Regents Exam in June. Students learn scientific inquiry, cell structure/function, basic biochemistry, nutrition, photosynthesis, respiration, mitosis, meiosis, genetics, protein synthesis, evolution, classification, plants, animals, systems of the body, ecology, and human impacts on the environment.