7th grade Life Science starts with an introduction to the scientific method and a cross-curricular unit where students learn the fundamentals of ecology while taking advantage of the varied natural laboratories within close proximity to our school campus. This unit culminates with a first-hand study of one of our local watersheds during a day of hiking, water testing, poetry, art and contemplation.
In the fall and spring students focus on ecology, visiting local salt marshes, beaches and woodlands. Students learn the skills of careful observation as they sketch landscapes and study cells under microscopes. During the winter months students investigate the molecules of life, cell biology, evolution, and human physiology. In 7th grade, students are also guided through their first independent research project in preparation for the Science Fair. Through this process they learn to analyze literature and data critically, design and conduct an experiment, and learn presentation skills that help them to clearly communicate their results.