General Science

Melissa Lopez
Wednesday 1PM (ET)



General Science Course Overview

General science is an introductory science class for 6th-8th grade students.

We will explore Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Ecology, the Scientific Method, and simple machines. Students will begin to practice experimental exploration through hands-on labs to gain a deeper understanding of the material.

This class will give students an excellent foundation for future science classes.

Live Online Classes

The General Science class meets weekly for 90 minutes. The whole course is 30 weeks long over one year.

All classes are recorded. If a student does miss class, it is important to watch the class recording as soon as possible. It is important that students attend and participate in live class.

Students should save slides, take notes, ask questions, and participate in class discussions. The more actively that a student engages in class, the better he or she will understand the material.

Grade Levels

  • 6-8

Class Video Excerpt


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Textbook / Curriculum

Course Outline

Fall Semester:

  • History of Science, Lab Reports
  • Famous Scientists, Lab Process
  • The Scientific Method
  • Experimental Variables, Collecting and Interpreting Data
  • Experimental Design and Types of Graphs
  • Science and Technology, Historical Records
  • Evaluating Historical Records and Dating
  • Archaeology, Geology, and Paleontology
  • Astronomy: Sun and Planets
  • The Moon and Space
  • Earth and its Layers; Weathering and Erosion
  • Geology and The Fossil Record
  • Weather
  • Semester Wrap-Up
  • Matter and Elements

Spring Semester:

  • Mixtures, Elements, and Bonding
  • Physical and Chemical Changes, Acids and Bases
  • Newton’s Laws
  • Forces and Simple Machines
  • Waves, Sound, and Light
  • DNA
  • Classifying Organisms
  • Taxonomy
  • Cells and Organelles
  • Bacteria and Viruses
  • Plant and Human Biology
  • Marine Science
  • Food Webs
  • Symbiosis
  • Semester Wrap-Up

Melissa Lopez

Melissa Lopez went to college at Baylor University where she studied biology and chemistry. Studying science at a Christian university allowed her to appreciate both God’s work in creation and His relationship with us. After college, Melissa worked in a medical research lab studying cancer targeting; then, God called her to teach. She taught in public schools for 9 years and has been teaching at local homeschool co-op for four years. It has been amazing to watch God create so many unique educational opportunities; online teaching is another way to teach for God and connect with students.

Melissa Lopez has been married to her husband for 14 years, and they currently live just outside of Dallas, Texas. They have three boys that they are currently homeschooling, so life at the Lopez house is never boring or quiet. Melissa Lopez is a member of Lakeshore Church in Rockwall, Texas. This year Melissa Lopez is looking forward to getting to know her students and helping them be as successful as they can be.

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