This course addresses earth space science, physics, and biology. Science skills such as the scientific method, collecting, evaluating and analyzing data, and explaining scientific phenomena are taught and reinforced. Students will also access and process information from a variety of texts, use scientific skills and processes to explain the interactions of matter and energy and the energy transformations that occur, and they will analyze and display data. The labs and activities guide students step by step through the scientific method from constructing hypotheses, identifying variables, following procedures, collecting and examining data, and analyzing results. Pre-assessments are given at the beginning of units for information on students’ readiness and quizzes and tests are given at the end of topics to ensure learning.