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Trimester 1 (September 5th - December 6th)

         Graphing Unit: We start off the school year by teaching the students graphing basics. They will study different types of graphs (bar, pie and line) and learn what type of graph works best for the different types of data. 

        Metric System: To prepare for the Inquiry unit the students are taught the metric system. They metric system is the official  measuring system in science and students will use it repeatedly throughout the year. 

        Inquiry/Scientific Method: This is a process of teaching students the art of using the scientific method. Through many hands on experiments the students become familiar with how scientific research works and what defines a good or a bad experiment.

       Geology: The book - CPO Science, Earth Science


Trimester 2 (December 10th - March 14th)

        Magnetism/Electricity: The book - CPO Science, Physical Science

Students will participate in different hands-on activities as they study the principles of magnetism. They will study the pattern of attraction and repulsion and attempt to create some general theories about magnetism.  Students will then begin their study of electricity by studying the history of the harnessing of electricity for our everyday use and the chemical principles behind electricity. They will run experiments to generate electricity and also harness electricity as they build simple batteries or motors.

        Energy: Students will study the different types of energy (potential vs. kinetic). They will also learn about the different sources humans use to generate power for all our devices.


Trimester 3 (March 18th - June 12th)

         Ecology: The book - CPO Science, Physical Science

        Students will spend about 8 weeks studying the ecology of Central Oregon and other climates. This unit will lead directly to the next unit, endangered species, where students study a specific animal and prepare a presentation to share with the class.

        Endangered Species: Students follow up their Ecology unit with an independent study of and presentation on an endangered species of their choice (they do have to choose from a list of animals that we have books on). Students spend about 3 weeks researching and preparing their presentation, then present that information to other students in the classroom.  

       


               



 
Course Overview:
Study the Oregon Coast ecosystem during the ecology unit.
Make the biggest circuit ever to light different light bulbs in the electricity unit!