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Science 8 Part 1
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
Science 8 Part 1 introduces eighth grade students to an integrated approach to physical, environmental, and life sciences. Students will study science concepts and problem solving while exploring a wide variety of aspects of the living and non-living world of science around them. Students will investigate important topics in histology (cells), heredity, the biology of living organisms, and finally, an introduction to meteorology. Students will be given the chance to identify cells and cell compounds, and describe the cell in its environment. Learners will then examine different cell processes that lead to energy within the cell. Genetics and heredity will also be explored as students discover the importance of Gregor Mendel and his work with heredity, as well as how these same genetic principles relate to human inheritance and disorders. Students will analyze Charles Darwin's work with adaptation, natural selection, and the evolution of organisms. Finally, students will examine different types of meteorological processes that occur on Earth. The Science 8 curriculum will provide an effective transition for students moving on to high school sciences or a higher order of scientific learning and understanding. This course includes online lessons, textbook reading, and the opportunity for hands-on learning through labs.
It is recommended that students successfully complete Science 7 or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Evaluate a scientific explanation by examining measurable data.
  • Analyze science by determining what science tells society.
  • Differentiate between scientific theory and scientific law by comparing and contrasting the concepts.
  • Discuss why science deepens your understanding of the world by identifying how science improves the quality of your life.
  • Explore matter by measuring mass, weight, volume, and density.
  • Examine physical and chemical properties of matter by identifying the properties of unknown substances.
  • Compare conduction, convection, and radiation by discussing the transfer of heat energy.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Examine what makes up matter by exploring the atomic arrangement of atoms.
  • Explore the trends of the periodic table by identifying the chemical and physical properties of elements.
  • Demonstrate balancing chemical reactions by recognizing the law of conservation of mass.
  • Determine why carbon can form as part of so many different compounds.
  • Decide stages of the cell cycle and the phases of mitosis by discussing the purpose of DNA.
  • Describe the four stages of meiosis by discussing genes for biological functions.
  • Examine Gregor Mendel’s experiments by exploring patterns of dominant and recessive traits.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Predict patterns of heredity by analyzing Punnett squares.
  • Determine what makes up DNA by chronicling the discovery of DNA.
  • Classify organisms by determining how living things obtain food.
  • Determine how fossils form by observing fossil evidence.
  • Determine how water changes state in the water cycle by analyzing energy and particle movement.
  • Determine how the ocean floor is studied by examining technological advancements.
  • Determine how waves form by discussing wave properties.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Describe the layers of the atmosphere by analyzing the contents of the atmosphere.
  • Determine the relationship between energy and temperature by examining the specific heat of land, air, and water.
  • Discuss the factors of weather by examining water and energy in the atmosphere.
  • Describe clouds by differentiating types of cloud formation.
  • Discuss severe weather by examining how thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes form.
  • Explore how to avoid heat-related illnesses and death by examining the signs of sun- and heat-related hazards.
  • Discuss how to determine climate by examining what affects climate.

Course Materials

  • Science Fusion: Cells and Heredity (textbook)
  • Science Fusion: The Diversity of Living Things (textbook)
  • Science Fusion: The Dynamic Earth (textbook)
  • Science Fusion: Earth's Water and Atmosphere (textbook)
  • Science Fusion: Space Science (textbook)
  • Science Fusion: Matter and Energy (textbook)
  • Science Fusion: Motion, Forces, and Energy (textbook)
  • Science Fusion: Sound and Light (textbook)

*Available as an iText course (includes all textbooks)