M/J Comprehensive Science 1 – Grade 6

Credits: 1
Estimated Completion Time: 2 segments / 32-36 weeks
Earliest Start Date: November 2018


This course is recommended for students in 6th grade. There are no prerequisites for the M/J Comprehensive Science 1 course.


MJ Comprehensive Science 1 is the first in a series of three consecutive science classes. It introduces middle school students to the disciplines of life science, physical science, and earth-space science. In addition, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts are integrated throughout the course. The lessons make real-world connections and require students to apply STEM skills like analysis, problem solving, science knowledge, and engineering practices. Hands-on and virtual laboratory investigations are included throughout the course to provide students opportunities for exploration through scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem solving, and experimental procedures. By the end of the course, students will be practicing, experimenting, thinking, and talking like a scientist!

Follow the link below for the Department of Education description for this course:

Regular course description: http://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewCourse/Preview/13070

Advanced course description: http://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewCourse/Preview/13071


Major Topics and Concepts


Module 01—Force and Energy

  • Gravitational Law
  • Types of Forces
  • Balanced and Unbalanced Forces
  • Speed and Motion
  • Graphing Speed
  • Energy Transfer


Module 02—The Earth

  • Landforms
  • Weathering and Erosion
  • Shaping the Surface
  • Spheres of Earth
  • Heat Transfer
  • Advanced Heat Transfer Through Earth


Module 03—The Atmosphere

  • Energy and Temperature
  • Weather and Climate
  • Global Weather Patterns
  • The Water Cycle and Its Effects
  • The Atmosphere and You
  • Advanced Predicting Severe Weather



Module 04—Cells and Life

  • Organization of Organisms
  • Cells and the Structure of Life
  • Cell Structure and Functions
  • Advanced Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes


Module 05—Classifying Life

  • Maintaining Balance
  • Advanced Cell Cycle and Mitosis
  • Classification
  • Keys and Kingdoms


Module 06—Body Systems

  • Nervous and Musculoskeletal
  • Endocrine and Reproductive
  • Digestive and Excretory
  • Respiratory and Circulatory
  • Infections and Health

Required Materials

Some household materials will be required for hands-on labs found in lessons 01.02, 01.05, 02.04, and 06.05

Course Grading

Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, the course guides students to reflect on their learning and evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of practice lessons, multiple choice questions, writing assignments, projects, research papers, oral assessments, and discussions. This course will use the state-approved grading scale. Each course contains a mandatory final exam or culminating project that will be weighted at 20% of the student’s overall grade.***

***Proctored exams can be requested by FLVS at any time and for any reason in an effort to ensure academic integrity. When taking the exam to assess a student’s integrity, the exam must be passed with at least a 59.5% in order to earn credit for the course.


Communication Policy

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, Discussion-Based Assessments, and discussions. Students are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers; the minimum requirement is monthly. When teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

November 22 @ 02:25
02:25 — 03:25 (1h)


Kaaren Embertson, Mike Long, Patrick Kailey