Science

Next Generation Science Standards 

All science curriculum is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. Teachers use the standards at each grade level to engage students in science education.  The standards website can be found here: http://www.nextgenscience.org/.

K-5 Science


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iver Trails District 26 has implemented a Next Generation Science Standards based program called STEMscopes.  Throughout the course of the school year, all children will experience hands-on science with engaging lessons and digital content.

A quick program overview can be found here STEMscopes PDF

Quick videos can be found here Stemscopes Overview Video

Grade Sixth Grade Science

The Sixth Grade Science program of River Trails Middle School centers of the study of the Earth Science.  Using a combination of Stemscopes and supplemental hands-on activities and inquiry-based lessons, the student explores the relationship between matter and energy.     

Seventh Grade Science

The science program of River Trails Middle School offers a rich inquiry-based science curriculum for the student.  The curriculum centers on strongly differentiated, hands-on student learning experiences and covers key principles of Earth, Life, and Physical Science.

The seventh grade science program of District 26 focuses on the development of science process skills and basic foundations in biological science and Newtonian physics.  The students are engaged in various special projects depending on their teacher. During a water conservation unit, the student may examine the water quality of a local stream by collecting and interpreting physical, chemical, and biological data. Within a comprehensive project surveying the Plant Kingdom, the student may examine the botanical biodiversity of a local forest and develop a plant collection.

The students are engaged in various special projects depending on their teacher. During a water conservation unit, the student may examine the water quality of a local stream by collecting and interpreting physical, chemical, and biological data. Within a comprehensive project surveying the Plant Kingdom, the student may examine the botanical biodiversity of a local forest and develop a plant collection. Hands-on investigations and inquiries are routine, on-going, curricular components. Through the student’s explorations and inquiries, basic scientific skills, principles, and concepts are developed and reinforced.

Eighth Grade Science

In physical science, we study a combination of topics that involve both physics and chemistry.  These topics include:

  • Energy and its various forms and behaviors
  • Light and sound
  • Simple machines, mechanical advantage, and efficiency
  • The atomic structure of matter
  • Chemical reactions and the Periodic Table of Elements           

Through discussion, observation, experimentation, and analysis of these topics, we will understand the function of the atomic world and its relationship to everyday life.

The goal for students this year is to become independent thinkers while understanding the natural and atomic world.  Growing more confident in problem solving will encourage students to think critically about not only science, but also feel confident in their ability to question and solve everyday, real-world problems.