Middle School Science Curriculum
Middle School students study one year of earth science, one year of life science, and one year of physical science. Science curriculum is based on the belief that the answer to any science question is best found through firsthand experience. Thus, interactive labs bring concepts to life and keep students engaged in actually doing science, not just memorizing it.
6th and 8th Grade students complete original science research projects for the annual Academic Fair. For more information on the Academic Fair, click here.
Though not a requirement, a number of Middle School students choose to enter projects in the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa (SSTFI) each year. At the 2014 SSTFI, Rivermont students brought home a variety of awards, including Grand Champion in the Overall Junior High Physical Science category and 1st place in both the 8th Grade Physical Science and 6th Grade Biological categories.
Earth Science (6th Grade)
In Earth Science, students explore topics that encourage curiosity, inquiry, and creative problem solving. Units of study include mapping, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, the rock cycle, weathering and erosion, the cycle of water, the atmosphere, and the solar system.
Life Science (7th Grade)
In Life Science, students continue to expand their investigative skills. Units of study include cellular structure, the roles and functions of organs, genetics and heredity, how organisms adapt to their environment, and human health and reproduction.
Physical Science (8th Grade)
In Physical Science, students increasingly use the scientific method to solve problems. Units of study include an introduction to geology, the solar system, astronomy, the principles of energy and motion, the periodic table of elements, and chemical reactions.