Science Department

  • Welcome to Hartman Middle School Science!

    The Hartman Science Department provides an engaging science curriculum for all HMS students. Our curriculum covers a wide variety of science disciplines, including Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Space Science, and Biology. We will provide lessons and activities that motivate students to become problem solvers and investigators, good communicators, and accountable team members. The Science Department will implement best practices in lab safety, research, and instruction.  Student learning and content will be based on the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) and the HISD Curriculum Framework.

    Academic Science Grades 6 - 8

    Grades 6, 7 and 8 Science are all interdisciplinary in nature. However, each grade does have a specific content focus, with 6th grade focusing on physical science, 7th grade focusing on organisms and the environment and 8th grade focusing on earth and space. 

    In all science classes, students use models and events as tools for understanding how the natural world works.  Students learn that certain types of questions can be answered by investigations, and the methods, models, and conclusions built from these investigations change as new observations are made.

    Advanced Science Grades 7 and 8

    Advanced science classes do cover the same content as the academic science courses and participate in the same practices for understanding the natural world.  However, students should expect a more rigorous class with more in-depth classroom discussions using the Argument Driven Inquiry (ADI) model and an increased amount of reading and writing assignments known as Free Response Questions (FRQ) as they prepare for future Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams.

    Please Note:  Students do not earn high school credit in all advanced science courses.