MS Science

ISP’s Middle School science curriculum is based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that integrate laboratory skills, knowledge of concepts, and applications to the real world. NGSS provide opportunities to develop content understanding through the Disciplinary Core Ideas as well as practical skills through the Science and Engineering Practices. Topics are spiraled through the three years of Middle School, covering three core aspects of Science: Physical Science, Life Science and Earth Science.

Course Overview Middle School Science 


6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade




Physical Science


Electricity (7)


Wave Properties

Sound (8)


Motion - speed & velocity

Motion - Velocity & Acceleration (1)

Newton's Laws

Atoms - Elements & Compounds (2)

States of Matter (2)

Chemical Reactions

Types of NRG - KE & PE (3)

NRG Transfer - TE, PE & KE (2)

Conservation of Mass




Life Science


Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration (3)

Body Systems

Food Webs & NRG Flow & Relationships

Interactions of Populations - Reproduction, Adaption, Changes (6)

Evolution & Natural Selection


Earth Science


Geological Earth History (4)

Cycles - Matter, Water, Rock (4)

Carbon Cycle & Global Climate Change

Earth's Place in Space (5)

Plate Tectonics & Earth Changes (5)

Human Impact on Earth's Systems