Science

Interactive Science, from Pearson Publishing,  is a standards-based, next generation k-5 science program that features an innovative write-in student edition that connects the big ideas of science to students lives.

Interactive Science K-5 features three paths that let teachers teach it their way: text, inquiry, and digital. Focus on one path or blend all three together. The text path includes our innovative write-in student edition and the DK Big Ideas of Science Reference Library. The inquiry path features our hands-on labs and activities scaffolded for all learners. The digital path features our next generation online learning environment where teachers can connect with students, manage their classes, and customize to their teaching style.

First grade sequence includes; Energy, Plants and Animals, Patterns in Space, Nature of Science, Engineering andTtechnology.
Second grade sequence includes; What is Matter, Plants and Animals, Earth’s Materials, Nature of Science, Engineering and Technology
Third grade sequence includes; Forces and Motion, Energy and it’s Forms, Plants, Ecosystems, Weather Patterns, Engineering and Technology.
Fourth grade sequence includes; Energy and Heat, Motion, Electricity, Plants and Animals, Ecosystems, Earth’s Resources, and Engineering and Technology.
Fifth grade sequence includes; Properties of Matter, Forces and Motion, Growth and Survival, Ecosystems, Water Cycles and Weather, Earth and Space, and Engineering and Technology.

Our middle school science is in the last year of a curriculum realignment to align with the Next Generation of Science Standards.  Our sixth grade curriculum is Life Science.  Our seventh grade curriculum is Physical Science.  Our eighth grade year will split with one semester of Physical Science and one semester of Engineering.  In 2016 our eighth grade will have an entire year of Engineering.

Sixth grade uses Life Science by Prentice Hall.  The sixth grade Biology sequence includes; Cells, Genetics, Animals and Animal Behavior.   Students will learn the importance of life and what traits they have received from parents (pedigrees and Punnett squares) and will dissect some animals (crayfish) later in the year.
Seventh grade uses Physical Science by Prentice Hall.  The seventh grade Chemistry and Physics (if time allowed) sequence includes; Chemical Building Blocks, Chemistry in Action, Motion Forces, and Energy.  Students will be understanding how to analyze and explain data and how to transform the data into graphs and tables.  Students will perform some chemical reactions (mentos & diet coke) and perform some motion experiments (egg drop).
Eighth grade will use Gateway to Engineering by Delmar Cengage Learning.  The full year eighth grade sequence includes, Introduction to Engineering, Communicating Engineering Ideas, Modeling Engineering Designs, Use of Energy in Engineering, Electricity and Electronics, and Production Systems.  This class contains many elements from Business (acting ethical and marketing products) as well to the STREAM Initiative described below.  Students will learn how to solve problems and come up with their own invention or innovation, which they will continously improve throughout the school year.  They will also build a prototype, mock-up, or parametric model of their design.

Blessed Sacrament has also adopted the STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Initiative.  This initiative goes further than the national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Initiative.   Blessed Sacrament will follow the STREAM Initiative by:

  • Focusing on Science, Technology, and Mathematics with the daily curriculum using "hands on" teaching Strategies
  • Focus on Engineering skills through the implementation of Gateway to Engineering in eighth grade
  • Continue to focus on our Spirituality and Religion Curriculum
  • Continue to focus on our Fine Arts through our Smart Art Program, Band Program, Music Program, and School Musical.