Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament School has organized its science curriculum in a format consistent with the New York State Science Core Curricula.
Students at the Elementary Level are engaged in many activities to explore the natural world in a variety of topics including Living Environment and the Physical Setting. Instruction at this level culminates with the New York State Elementary Level Science Test, given at the end of the fourth grade.
Students at the Intermediate Level (grades 5-8) continue to explore a wide range of topics. They focus on a select area of study such as Earth Science, Physical Science, and Life Science. Students experience many science inquiries, activities and labs. Every week each class participates in a hands-on laboratory session.
The New York State Intermediate Level Science Test is administered at the end of the eighth grade.
In Grade Five students will study the following topics:
- electromagnetic spectrum
- forces and motion
- simple machines
- causes of weather
In Grade Six students will study Earth Science, focusing on the following topics:
The Earth's surface, focusing on creating and interpreting maps. We will also investigate the forces that affect the surface of the Earth including weathering and erosion. We will also study topography and the expanses of geologic time.
The Earth's interior, including plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, rocks and minerals and using various instruments to take measurements.
Grade Seven students explore Physical Science focusing on the following topics:
Composition of matter, including the atomic structure of matter, physical and chemical changes of matter, and how to express these changes scientifically using balanced equations.
Introduction to Chemistry, acids and bases, and thermal energy.
Physical Science uses many Math concepts and ties together many concepts introduced in Math Class. Students are encouraged to use their calculators.
Regents Living Environment is offered to qualified students. Topics include:
Scientific Inquiry and skills, homeostasis in organisms-including cellular respiration and photosynthesis, genetics, evolution, human anatomy and physiology.
Students in this course will take the NYS Intermediate Science Test and the NYS Regents Exam.
This is a rigorous class and students should maintain an 85 average.