Middle School Science

Sixth grade has an entire unit devoted to understanding God’s view of his creation. Throughout each unit of study, students see God’s power, creativity, attention to detail and complexity in designing and sustaining the ecosystems of our planet and the far reaches of the universe. Studying science is presented as a way of knowing God more intimately.

Major Concepts

  • Basic parts and concepts of ecology
  • The design of the forest ecosystem
  • A thorough exploration of astronomy including our solar system, galaxy and stars
  • Discussion about the age of the earth and universe
  • The major views of the natural history of the earth including evolution, theistic evolution and intelligent design
  • Vastness and intricacy of the universe emphasizing God’s power, creativity and attentiveness to detail
  • Basic chemistry and physics, including atoms, electricity and sound

Highlights

  • Fall Leaf Poster, a project that involves outside laboratory experiences and scientific, literary and artistic components
  • Deciduous forest unit, including many outside surveys and labs to understand this ecosystem thoroughly
  • Discussions, labs/experiments, groups projects, review games, in-class reading, library and Internet searches and cooperative learning

Seventh grade students see God’s power, complexity and attention to detail in the designing and sustaining of his creation. They learn to compare God’s view of creation and the ways in which he intended us to care for it with what actually is happening in the world. Students are pointed to their call to be stewards of creation.

Major Concepts

  • Taxonomic categories of all living things
  • Complexity of the world’s most diverse ecosystems (coral reef and rainforest)
  • Understanding how the parts of an ecosystem fit together
  • Comprehensive study of vertebrates
  • PA aquatic ecosystems
  • Environmental crises facing creation’s ecosystems and species

Highlights

  • Comprehensive outdoor study of PMCA stream and pond, including an organism survey and chemical analysis
  • Setting up in-class aquariums for aquatic life
  • Class discussions, concept games and competitions, videos
  • Labs, experiments, cooperative group activities, role plays

Eighth Grade students learn that God is the author of natural laws that are predictable and orderly on a macroscopic level, and unfathomably complex. Chemistry and physics are tools that humans have used to bring both unprecedented blessings and devastating consequences to humans and God’s creation on earth. Students will explore those blessings and consequences and evaluate how Christians can maximize the blessings and repair or prevent environmental problems.

Major Concepts

  • Complete fundamental understanding of basic chemistry
  • A survey of basic Newtonian physics
  • How to use mathematical formulas to understand the physical sciences
  • Environmental issues that revolve around the science of chemistry
  • Positive and negative effects of nuclear energy
  • Extent and state of pollution caused by chemical reactions

Highlights

  • Role play debate placing nuclear energy on trial
  • Class discussions
  • Review, concept and note games
  • Cooperative learning activities
  • Labs and experiments