Middle School

Middle School Comprehensive Science 3/Middle School Comprehensive Science 3 Advanced

1.0 Credit
2 segments / 36 weeks

Comprehensive Science 3 is the last class of the M/J Comprehensive Series. The course introduces new information and reviews some basics of science to prepare students for high school science coursework. Topics covered in this course include: The Nature of Science, Earth and Space Science, Properties of Matter, Changes in Matter, Matter and Energy, and Energy flow in the living world. During this course students will learn through real world examples and applications. Students will participate in activities and online laboratory experiences to apply what they have learned.



Students will demonstrate an understanding of matter by describing physical properties of matter, explaining measurements of physical properties, and describing scientific knowledge.

Changes in Matter

Students will demonstrate an understanding of changes in matter by describing physical changes, describing chemical changes, explaining the law of conservation of matter, and relating thermal energy to changes in matter.

Elements and Compounds

Students will demonstrate an understanding of elements and compounds by explaining the periodic table, and describing properties of elements, compounds and solutions.

Cycles in Nature

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the cycles in nature by describing matter and energy transfer in photosynthesis, describing matter and energy transfer in cellular respiration, and describing matter and energy transfer in the carbon cycle.

Observing the Universe

Students will demonstrate an understanding of observing the universe by describing space exploration technologies, explaining the impact of space exploration on everyday life, and summarizing the use of the electromagnetic spectrum to examine astronomical objects.

The Solar System

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the solar system by summarizing the formation of the solar system, describing moon phases, explaining eclipses, and explaining the seasons.

Major Topics and Concepts

Segment 1:

  • Foundations of Science
  • Scientific Theories
  • Scientific Laws
  • Scientific Method
  • Metric system
  • Metric Conversions
  • Scientific Measurement
  • Science and Society
  • The Law of Universal Gravitation
  • Formation of Objects in Space
  • Galaxies
  • Space Exploration
  • Distances in Space
  • Stars
  • HR Diagrams
  • Interpreting Graphs in Science
  • The Sun/Solar Properties
  • Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Solar System Models
  • Seasons
  • Phases of the Moon
  • Eclipse
  • Tides
  • Space and Technology
  • Space Exploration and its effects on Florida


Segment 2:

  • Atomic Theory
  • Atomic Models
  • Periodic Table
  • Acids, Bases, and Salts
  • Compounds
  • Mixtures, Solutions, and Pure Substances
  • Physical Properties
  • Mass
  • Weight
  • Density
  • Physical Changes
  • Chemical Changes
  • States of Matter
  • Temperature and Chemical Change
  • Law of Conservation of Energy
  • Energy in Ecosystems
  • Pyramid of Energy
  • Photosynthesis
  • Primary Production
  • Cellular Respiration
  • Carbon Cycle

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