7th Grade

Science

At Moses Brown, we challenge seventh grade scientists with big questions, then give them the tools and information to tackle them.

In the fall, students wonder, “How could we stave off the the common cold this school year?”  Some of the answer lies in a hand-washing experiment, in which students use the scientific method to test specific variables, and to check the repeatability of their results.  They graphically represent their data and write a comprehensive lab report to document their conclusions.  They discuss atomic structure, ionic and covalent bonding, and how these reactions relate to our lives.

In the winter, students consider how (or if) the United States government should respond to the presence of wolves beyond government-managed lands.  At the same time, they read Never Cry Wolf in English class, and are pressed to consider the issue from multiple perspectives in History.  With a visit from a feature filmmaker, and a two-day intensive with a Montana rancher, this lesson is one students won’t forget.  Through all this, students study adaptations, how ecosystems balance, food webs, and the trophic cascade caused by top predators.

Inquire

At Moses Brown, there’s no such thing as ‘the talk.’  It’s more like ‘the talks,’ plural.  Lower schoolers learn about asexual and sexual reproduction in non-human species, eventually learning the basics of human reproduction.  In seventh grade, they spend two weeks studying the structure and function of the human reproductive system. This is a short introduction that sets up an eight-week unit on human sexuality in eighth grade.  When discussing sexuality and sex education, our approach is always guided by evidence-based educational best practices and the aim of making sure all of our students are well-informed, healthy, and responsible.

 

In the spring semester students consider the management of energy and water resources.

-How does energy travel through an ecosystem?
-What impact does human consumption of energy resources have on the environment?
-What options do humans have for energy resources in a modern economy?

Students test the voltage output of solar panels on our campus and design wind turbines to optimize energy production. They hear from a member of our school community who grew up carrying water from a river to her family home. This unit culminates with a field trip to a local waste water treatment facility, an experience that most students find truly unforgettable.

The Wolf Project

Students gain a broader perspective

“This project gave us the opportunity to think about the world as a whole and not just about ourselves.” -Dahlia P. ’23

Faculty

Tony Pirruccello-McClellan

Middle School Science and Academic Team Leader

About

Tony Pirruccello-McClellan

Skidmore College – B.A.

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