Middle School




Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 10.38.40 AMIt’s one way we make sense of the world around us. We observe, wonder, predict, gather data, test, and accumulate evidence. There are many methods science uses to gather data and learn about a natural process or system, and there’s special characteristics that are unique to a scientific way of knowing as compared to other means. This video explores those characteristics. Science is all around us, and it’s important we understand what it is and what it isn’t… Watch Video
Teaching Box: The Nature of Science


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Guides to the Colorado Academic Standards
Middle School

6th Grade     7th Grade     8th Grade

The guides describe the “big picture” purpose of the standards, as road maps to help ensure that all Colorado students graduate ready for life, college, and careers. They also provide overviews of the learning expectations for each of the ten content areas of the standards and offer examples of educational experiences that students may engage in, and that families could support, during the school year.

Colorado Academic Standards – Technology Narratives

What does Mastery of Technology look like at each grade level? What is expected of your students when it comes to oral communication & listening with multimedia or reading and writing with digital tools…. Find out at the links below

Technology Narratives 

Kindergarten     1st Grade      2nd Grade    3rd Grade     4th Grade      5th Grade
6th Grade       7th Grade     8th Grade     9th Grade    10th Grade    11th Grade

Colorado Measures of Academic Success: Grade 5 Science


Performance Level Descriptors

GLE – Grade Level Expectations

CDE -Instructional Unit Samples – Science


Electronic Practice Assessment Tools (ePAT)  ePATs familiarize both students and staff with the content and format of computer-delivered tests.

PGC – Prepared Graduate Competencies: the concepts and skills that students need to master in order to be postsecondary and workforce ready

GLE – Grade Level Expectations: grade specific expectations that indicate a student is making progress toward toe PGCs


Science Textbook Resources

To access the Discovery Education Science Techbook please use the following url. svvsd.discoveryeducation.com and use your District credentials.

To access the SEPUP St. Vrain portal please use the following url. lab-aids.com and
use the following credentials.

  • Teachers – UN: stvrainteachers PW: mountains8
  • Students – UN: stvrainstudents PW: science


Middle School Science Resources

Science Materials Available for Checkout


 formerly known as Web/MAX, is the shared district library located at Media Services. It includes many different material types, including DVD’s, book sets, audio books, models and Department of Wildlife kits. Destiny Catalog    Destiny Tutorial & FAQ


St. Vrain Middle School Science Shared Files ( formally on Citrix ) can now be found on Google Docs at the following link. Middle School Files 

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6th Grade Water Resources


SVVSD Digital Library

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Offers eBooks, AudioBooks and Streaming Media, including over 52,000 copies for middle and high school students. Many titles have both an eBook and AudioBook version, and many titles have multiple copies. Reaching all readers and interests, there are also over 900 titles available elementary students including embedded audio with more books to be added. You can enjoy this library anytime and anywhere on a computer, iPad, smartphone, or eReader.

Introduction          St. Vrain/OverDrive Video        Frequently Asked Questions
Login – use your SVVSD username and password


SVVSD Media Services Science Database


World Book Timelines offers hundreds of pre-generated timelines which cover various time periods in science history. Students can browse existing timelines in science and technology and visualize the cause / effect relationship between events. World Book Timelines also allows users to create their own timeline from scratch, adding events, descriptions, and media.

gicGlobal Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global Science issues, topics, and current events.  Each topic includes an overview, references and rich multimedia – including videos, and interactive graphs.

Science and Technology – Explores issues and topics related to scientific research and technological advances, discussing their impacts in social, political, and economic terms.

Environment and Climate Change – Explores the ways that developing nations and increasing industrialization affect our natural habitats and everyday lives.

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Opposing Viewpoints in Context provides information and opinions on today’s hottest science issues. Issues include updated viewpoint articles, academic journals, statistics, images, videos and links to vetted websites.

Energy & Environmentalism – Explores current event topics such as the BP oil spill, deforestation, foreign oil dependance and also takes a close look at sustainability topics such as biofuels and recycling.

Science, Technology & Ethics – Explores sometimes controversial topics such as evolution, animal rights, genetically modified foods, stem cell research and offshore drilling, amongst other topics.


Online Resources

Science on Ipads

Science Literacy

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UCAR – Learning Zone
How does a cloud form? What’s a sunspot? Why is climate changing? At The UCAR Center for Science Education’s Learning Zone, you can explore these questions and more. Below are several activities designed for middle school students developed right down the street in Boulder, Colorado.


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Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 2.49.41 PMDon’t forget to check out some of the Amazing resources our friends at CU have developed. You can also reserve a time for the Science Discovery Team to visit your school.
Click on the link to the left to learn more.


For the NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) resources for elementary teachers you can click here.

Middle School STEM in St. Vrain

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For all of your STEM Questions & Needs visit the St. Vrain STEM Web Page or contact Becky Peters – Innovation Center Project Manager & District STEM Coordinator at peters_rebecca@svvsd.org or 720-494-3969.