8th Grade Science Course Description
Eighth grade science has five units of study. In the Matter and Energy unit students learn about the structure of matter and the characteristics of physical and chemical changes of matter. In the Living Organisms unit, students will study the structure of cells, unicellular organisms and the process of photosynthesis. In the Ecology and Populations unit, students will explore how organisms are interdependent with one another and with their environment. They will outline how matter cycles through an ecosystem and diagram the transferring of energy within food chains and food webs. In the Earth Science strand there are two units of study: Earth’s Resources-Water and Earth’s Changing Surface. Students will learn the properties of water, the water cycle, and the effects of humans on our water resources. The unit emphasizes the importance of water as an essential component of the Earth System. In Earth’s Changing Surface students will explore the features of the Earth’s surface and the processes that cause abrupt and slow changes in the surface such as volcanoes, erosion and weathering. This unit also includes the study of the effect of humans on the Earth’s surface. Scientific inquiry is embedded in the units through opportunities to use experimental design skills to answer testable questions. Technology is used as a tool to support learning and to give evidence of learning.
Scientific Inquiry/Measurement and Graphing
Organisms and Ecosystems
Matter and Energy Flow