Sixth Grade - Ecology
At Holy Cross Academy, science begins with the study of our universe and solar system. Students will learn about the planets and the creations of planet earth. Sixth graders will use scientific inquiry to study the aspects of the earth sciences of geology and oceanography. Students will identify fossils to determine how animal species have changed over time as well as studying rock cycles and plate tectonics. Students will actively investigate the scientific phenomena of earthquakes and volcanoes. Students will use a hands-on approach to study major land and water biomes, as well as, investigating air pressure, temperature, and humidity and their impact upon weather patterns. Students will study ecology and the impact human activity has upon our earth. Sixth graders at Holy Cross Academy will apply their knowledge to real world situations by taking action to reduce the carbon footprint of Holy Cross Academy campuses.
Seventh Grade - Life Science
Using scientific inquiry and hands-on learning, students will demonstrate a clear understanding of basic life processes, cell theory and structure, osmosis, and diffusion. Students will study the life cycle of plants. They will learn to classify all living things based on their characteristics as well as studying viruses and bacteria. Seventh graders at Holy Cross Academy will study the structure and function of DNA and the processes by which human characteristics are passed from generation to generation. Students will apply knowledge to real world experiences by studying common ailments of the body caused by viruses and bacteria, as well as, the impact unhealthy life styles can have on the body. Students will also study the systems of the human body including the nervous, circulatory, and the endocrine system.
Eighth Grade - Intro to Chemistry and Physics
8th grade students at Holy Cross Academy will be given a strong foundation in chemistry and physics necessary for high school success. Students will learn about the periodic table, chemical elements, and covalent and ionic bonds through hands-on interactive instruction. Students will support their hands-on learning by becoming skilled at balancing chemical equations. Students will conduct regular science experiments to learn about chemical reactions and the states and properties of matter.
Eighth graders will study the properties and states of matter. They will study thermal contraction and expansion as well as Newton's laws of motion. Students will investigate light refraction. They will use scientific inquiry to study the basic concepts of force, motion, and work while understanding and applying the laws of physics to the world around them.