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