Science and Nature – Middle School

$140.00 / month for 9 months and a $60.00 sign-up fee

  • Skill level: 4th-8th Grades
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Schedule: W 10AM – 3PM
  • Start Date: August 26, 2020
  • Location: South 11th and Willis Church, 3309 S. 11th



Students are familiarized with science concepts through writing, sketching, drawing, experimentation and hands-on activities.

Science will come alive for students as they participate in hands-on science lessons every day using children’s literature, science tools, journals and natural objects to discover the world around them.  Emphasis will be placed on developing observation skills, and we will practice this skill during each class. This will include:

  • noting and drawing visual details (observational drawing)
  • silently listening for sounds then describing location, organism making the sounds
  • describing and categorizing the world around them using their senses, scientific tools, journals, field guides and technology

There will also be frequent “Fun Science” demos designed to ignite a love of science in each child.

We will take field trips to interesting places that have to do with areas of our study.  Some favorites from previous school years were:

  • A birding trip to see Sandhill Cranes (we saw between 300 and 500). In addition to the cranes, we saw a flock of Wild Turkeys, American Coots, Great Blue Herons, American White Pelicans, Ring-Billed Gulls, Great Egrets and Red-Tailed Hawks.
  • A trip to a museum specializing in finds from Texas “red beds”. Included in this trip was a tour of their dig site where we saw dimetrodons in all stages of excavation.  We were allowed to collect pieces of bones, ribs, fins and teeth for the museum’s collection AND we got to meet renowned paleontologist Robert Bakker.

My goal is to build on children’s natural love for discovering new things and to enhance their love for science and the world around them.  While we are studying science and nature we will incorporate math  and reading as well as writing, drawing and social studies as they relate to the topics at hand.

The Middle School Science/Nature class will meet on Wednesdays from 10AM—3PM at South 11th and Willis Church of Christ and will be open to 6th through 8th graders.  Some labs will occur at a local university. We will follow the AISD Calendar. Call (325)-232-2913 for more information or E-mail


  • Science Equipment and Safety Information
  • Classifying Matter, Periodic Table, Elements and Compounds
  • Chemical Change and Density
  • Potential and Kinetic Energy, Energy Transformation
  • Thermal Energy Transfer, Movement and Patterns
  • Energy Resources: Renewable and Non-Renewable Sources
  • Force and Motion
  • Interpreting and making graphs Distance-Time; Speed Time
  • Balanced and  Unbalanced Forces
  • Simple Machines: Levers, Pulleys, and Inclined Planes
  • Earth Science:
  • Rocks, Minerals and Properties of each
  • Rock Cycle
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Space Science:
  • Solar System, Planets, Sun and Black Holes
  • Gravity
  • Asteroids, Meteors and Comets
  • Cells, Microscopes and
  • Classifying Organisms into 6 Kingdoms
  • Ecosystems: Interactions in the Environment, Food Chains and Food Webs
  • Nature Journaling


This course is taught by Jean Dotson, a Master Gardener and Master Naturalist with 35 years experience teaching in Texas and Florida.

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