I learned that magnetic fields don’t always form perfect loops.

Magnetic fields surround the Earth, protecting it from solar winds.

Solar winds are streams of charged particles from the sun. I learned how to measure them.

Solar wind is electrically charged particles that interfere with our magnetosphere.

Solar wind is a constant loss of the sun’s atmosphere that is both electrified and magnetic. The solar wind is a plasma made of ions and electrons.

The magnetic fields on earth are affected by solar winds.

Beyond the Classroom:  Extending Science Learning

Family Science Enrichment Activities to Consider:


Lawrence Hall of Science

San Francisco Exploratorium

Chabot Space and Science Center

California Academy of Sciences

The Tech Museum of Innovation

Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Marine Mammal Center

Nature and Environmental Exploration:

East Bay Regional Parks

UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve (tidepools)

Point Reyes National Seashore

Save the Bay

Angel Island

Davis Recycling Center


Lake Merritt Clean Up

PMS Green Team

PMS Green Team News Feed

California Coastal Commission (beach clean up and more)

Race for the Cure

San Franciso Aids Walk

Step Out:  Walk to Fight Diabetes

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Travel Scouts: When your family travels, seek out cool science places such as Chicago’s Field Museum.

Course Descriptions

Sixth Grade

Sixth grade Science students develop an understanding of the living and non-living factors of the earth.  They investigate the ecosystems of the Northern California watershed and San Francisco Estuary using the scientific method.  The standards-based studies focus on geology, ecology, and adaptations with an emphasis on inquiry skills

Text:    Focus on Earth Science, Prentice Hall

Seventh Grade

In the seventh grade students are exposed to an overview of the different human body systems through a thematic approach that integrates the chemistry, physics, and biology of the human body.  Supplementary units covering sex education, S.T.D.’s, drug education, nutrition, and eating disorders are covered.  Students also study the physics of motion through a unit on simple machines.  Topics such as speed, balance, friction, and kinetic and potential energy are studied using hands-on activities and an inquiry approach.


Focus on Physical Science, Prentice Hall

Decisions for Health, Holt

Eighth Grade

Eighth grade Science is a year-long course in the physical and earth sciences.  Students are introduced to physical science concepts while developing and refining basic laboratory skills.  Light, color, and chemistry are major physical science units studied and students will be exposed to selected introductory units in related areas.  Earth science study consists of units in weather and astronomy.  Our goal is to have students analyze data and apply concepts based on what they’ve learned.  Students will be required to maintain a science notebook and work on a variety of collaborative science projects and presentations throughout the year.


Focus on Earth Science, Prentice Hall

Focus on Physical Science, Prentice Hall