BCPS Research Models
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Middle School: Science

Grade 6

  • Energy Transformations (Slam Dunk)
    What are the specific energy transformations that matter undergoes? 
  • Misconception Busters: Seasons (Slam Dunk) 
    How can you help debunk common science misconceptions and inform your community in order to help improve our thinking?  
  • NEW Monarch Conservation (Slam Dunk) PDF* | PowerPoint
    How can we increase the population of monarch butterflies in the Days Cove ecosystem?
  • Potential and Kinetic Energy (Slam Dunk)
    How do you describe the relationship between potential energy and kinetic energy in moving objects?

Grade 7

  • Bed Bugs and Natural Selection (Slam Dunk)
    How does Darwin’s theory of natural selection apply to the development of pesticide resistance in bed bugs?
  • Bridges and Earthquakes (Slam Dunk)   
    How can bridges be designed to withstand an earthquake?
  • Earthquakes (Slam Dunk) 
    What is the relationship between plate tectonics and the magnitude of an earthquake? 
  • NEW Sensory Receptors (Slam Dunk)
    How can knowing about sensory receptors help us to predict phenomenon in natural environments?
  • The Rock Cycle (Slam Dunk) 
    How can the processes that change one form of rock into another be described?

Grade 8

  • Asian Suminoe Oysters and the Chesapeake (Slam Dunk) 
    Will Asian Suminoe oysters help or harm the natural processes of the Chesapeake Bay?
  • Bald Eagles and the Chesapeake Bay (Slam Dunk)  
    How can human activity affect populations within the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem?
  • Climate Change Mysteries (Slam Dunk) 
    What evidence can we use to that climate change is caused by natural processes or by humans?
  • Food Chains in the Chesapeake (Slam Dunk)  
    How do changes in the food chain affect other organisms in the Chesapeake Bay?
  • Updated Human Activity and Watersheds (Slam Dunk)  PDF | PowerPoint*
    How does human activity in your neighborhood impact water quality in the watershed in which you live?
  • NEW Little Fish, Big Impact (Slam Dunk)
    Should the menhaden fishing industry be more strictly regulated? 
  • Misconception Busters (Slam Dunk) 
    How can you help debunk common science misconceptions and inform your community in order to help improve our thinking?
  • Our Changing Chesapeake (ORM)
    How does our use of natural resources impact the quality of the environment?
  • NEW Oysters and the Bay (Slam Dunk) PDF* | PowerPoint
    What is the connection between oysters and a healthy Chesapeake Bay?
  • Pollution and the Chesapeake Bay (Slam Dunk)  
    How do pollutants affect organisms like SAV (submerged aquatic vegetation) in the Chesapeake?
  • Tornadoes (Slam Dunk)
    What conditions are necessary for the formation of tornadoes?

*Use PDF version to enable direct links to some BCPS digital content. If teachers wish to modify the Slam Dunk, edit the PowerPoint file and then save it as a PDF and post it on a Lesson Tile.