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Saint Joseph - Hessen Cassel

Fort Wayne, Indiana


Jr High Math & Science

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Welcome to Junior High Math and Science! Our class time is structured to support students as they develop skills as cooperative and individual learners.

6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Math

Our math classes are focused on the advancement of core math skills that students will use as they progress to upper level math classes. Each class begins with a warm-up prompt, providing everyday practice with concepts that are covered on standardized tests, such as ISTEP.

Sixth Grade Math covers number sense, decimals, data and statistics, fractions, integers, inequalities, ratios and proportions, percents, area and volume, and geometric figures. Each concept advances and builds on previous skills that were learned in elementary level classes.

Seventh Grade Pre-Algebra focuses on building a strong foundation in algebra while also preparing them for future study of geometry, probability, and data collection. Pre-Algebra covers multi-step equations, factors, rational numbers, ratio and probability, percents, linear and non-linear functions, real numbers, area and volume, data analysis, and polynomials.

Eighth Grade Algebra takes the skills that were learned in pre-algebra to the next level. Algebra covers real numbers, graphing and solving linear equations, inequalities, exponential functions, quadratic equations, polynomials, rational equations, and a brief introduction to geometry. By having 8th graders take Algebra 1, it gives students the opportunity to be exposed to algebra earlier and come into high school ahead of the game.


6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Science

Our science classes are geared towards providing a better understanding of the world around us, both in the classroom and in the lab. Students study a wide variety of topics in each grade. Each class begins with a science related warm-up prompt to get the student’s minds thinking critically and logically. We will have a designated lab day each chapter that
concentrates on specific concepts from that chapter.

6th Grade Science:

  • The Nature of Science
    • Scientific Method
    • Tools of Science
    • Scientific Procedures
  • Physical Science
    • Introduction to Matter
    • Solids, Liquids, and Gasses
    • Energy
  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth, Moon, and Sun
    • The Solar System
  • Life Science
    • Populations and Communities
    • Ecosystems and Biomes

7th Grade Science:

  • The Nature of Science
    • Scientific Thinking
    • Using Math in Science
    • Forces and Motion
  • Earth and Space Science
    • Energy and Energy Transfer
    • Energy Resources
    • Waves and Sound
    • Electromagnetic Waves and Light
  • Physical Science
    • Earth
    • Minerals and Rocks
    • Plate Tectonics
    • Earthquakes and Volcanoes
  • Life Science
    • Weathering and Soil
    • Ecosystems and Biomes

8th Grade Science:

  • The Nature of Science
    • Scientific Inquiry
    • Mathematics and Models in Science
    • Elements in the Periodic Table
  • Physical Science
    • Chemical Reactions
    • The Water Planet
    • The Atmosphere
  • Earth and Space Science
    • Weather
    • Resources and Living Things
    • Land, Air, and Water
  • Life Science
    • Introduction to Living Things
    • Change Over Time
    • Genetics and Heredity


Mrs. Tori Litchfield – 8th grade and Middle School Mathematics and Science Teacher