Science

Online Science Textbook

SCIENCE 6

This one-year, activity based course follows the California State Science and PAUSD Standards for 6th grade. This is a hands-on curriculum emphasizing Earth science, ecology, and botany. Units taught may include: landforms (processes of erosion and deposition), Earth history (Earth’s interior, convection, plate tectonics, volcanic activity, earthquakes), ecology (local-science camp, marine environments), and “Fast Plants”-experiments with miniature mustard plants. The text series is Prentice Hall’s Focus on Earth Science, with supplemental FOSS science kits. A variety of field trip experiences support the curriculum.  Students may visit the Exploratorium, the Los Trancos Earthquake Trail, Canoes in Sloughs, and the Palo Alto Baylands.  The use of iBook laptop computers incorporates a technology component.  Students will be mentored and encouraged to extend their science activities beyond the classroom at the annual JLS Science Fair.

SCIENCE 7, Human Biology/Adolescent Skills

This one-year activity-based course follows the California State and District Science Standards for 7th grade. The standards include the following broad topics: Cell Biology, Genetics, Evolution, Earth and Life History, Structure and Function in Living Systems, Physical Principals in Living Systems, Investigationand Experimentation.

Scientific aspects of human life are incorporated with study of social aspects of adolescence. While exploring the various Life Science concepts, students will be engaged in class and homework activities that also stress Writing, Reading, and Math skills. Students are encouraged to extend their science activities beyond the classroom at the annual JLS Science Fair.

SCIENCE 8, Physical Science

This one-year activity-based course follows the California State and District Science Standards for 8th grade. The standards include the following broad topics: Investigation and Experimentation, Motion, Forces, Structure and Properties of Matter, Periodic Table, Chemical Reactions, Chemistry of Living Systems, Stars and Star Cycles, and the Solar System.  While exploring the various Physical Science concepts, students will be engaged in classroom and homework activities that also stress Writing, Reading, and Math skills. Students are encouraged to extend their science activities beyond the classroom at the annual JLS Science Fair.