Science Overview 6-8

  • Science Philosophy

    District 203 believes in a student-centered environment that will spark imagination and curiosity through inquiry-driven investigations and inspire critical interpretation of science information.

    Students will actively participate in science and engineering practices to understand the core ideas and connections between physical, Earth and space, and life science and to understand, use, and interpret scientific explanations of natural phenomena.

    Students will be empowered to draw, share, and defend conclusions based on evidence and design solutions that can be applied to the world around them.

    The Three Dimensions of Science Learning

    Within the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), there are three distinct and equally important dimensions to learning science—Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas. These dimensions are combined to form each standard—or performance expectation—and each dimension works with the other two to help students build a cohesive understanding of science over time. 


    6-8 Science Overview

    Below is the progression of learning for science in District 203 for junior high.

    Science & Engineering Practices
    • Asking Questions & Defining Problems     
    • Developing & Using Models
    • Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
    • Using Mathematical & Computational Thinking
    • Constructing Explanations & Designing Solutions Engaging in Argument from Evidence
    • Obtaining, Evaluating, & Communicating Information
    Timeframe & Connections6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade
    Crosscutting Concepts
    Systems & System Models
    Energy & Matter
    Stability & Change
    Scale, Proportion, & Quantity
    Structure & Function 
    Structure & Function
    Cause & Effect 
    Trimester 1
    Core Ideas 
    Weather & Climate
    • The Roles of Water in Earth's Surface Processes
    • Weather & Climate
    • Natural Hazards
    • Global Climate Change
    Geologic Time & Plate Tectonics
    •  The History of Planet Earth
    • Earth Materials & Systems
    • Plate Tectonics & Large-Scale System Interactions
    • The Universe & Its Stars
    • Earth & the Solar System
    • Types of Interactions (gravity)  
    Evidence of Evolution
    • Growth & Development of Organisms
    • Inheritance of Traits
    • Variation of Traits
    • Evidence of Common Ancestry & Diversity
    • Natural Selection
    • Adaptation  
    Trimester 2
    Core Ideas 
    • Cycles of Matter & Energy Transfer in Ecosystems
    • Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning & Resilience
    • Energy in Chemical Processes & Everyday life   
    Matter & Chemistry  
    • Structure & Properties of Matter
    • Chemical Reactions
    • Definitions of Energy
    • Developing Possible Solutions
    • Optimizing the Design Solution 
    Energy, Forces, Waves
    • Types of Interactions
    • Definitions of Energy
    • Conservation of Energy & Energy Transfer
    • Wave Properties
    • Electromagnetic Radiation
    • Information Technologies & Instrumentation  
    Trimester 3
    Core Ideas 
    • Forces & Motion
    • Definitions of Energy  
    • Conservation of Energy & Energy Transfer
    • Structure & Function
    • Organization for Matter & Energy Flow in Organisms
    • Information Processing 
    Human Impact 
    • Natural Resources
    • Human Impacts on Earth Systems
    • Earth Materials & Systems