Science 8 Part 2 continues with the examination of meteorological processes. The remainder of Science 8 Part 2 is comprised of topics involving geology, astronomy, and physics. Learners will examine different types of geological processes throughout Earth's history. Students will analyze the formation and composition of various planets and celestial bodies. Finally, students will examine categories of motion, forces, and energy. 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 8 Part 1 or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.
Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills
- Define the term “weathering” in order to understand how it
affects Earth’s surface.
- Analyze the process of erosion and deposition by water to
understand how these processes change the Earth’s surface.
- Describe physical and chemical characteristics of soil
- Identify how the principle of uniformitarianism is explained
by current geological processes.
- Summarize relative dating to understand the age and ordering
of rock layers.
- Identify requirements for a fossil to be considered an index
- Review and identify the rock cycle to better understand the
changes that rock undergoes.
Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills
- Analyze how pressure applied to rocks can change their shapes
and how they are formed.
- Identify three types of faults to understand their movements
and effects on Earth’s layers.
- Describe the composition of the universe by examining the significance
of planets, stars, and galaxies.
- Examine various historical models of the solar system and the
scholars who proposed these models.
- Analyze how star brightness is measured by examining the
difference between apparent magnitude and absolute magnitude.
- Determine how the H-R (Hertzsprung-Russell) diagram is used
to identify and plot stars.
- Examine and describe the physical properties of the planets.
Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills
- Describe the location of smaller bodies found in the solar
- Recognize achievements made to understand the history of
- Define work and how to calculate it by examining force over a
- Describe what simple machines can do by examining how the use
of simple machines affects work.
- Describe electric current and how it is measured by
explaining types of electric currents.
- Differentiate between series and parallel circuits by
analyzing single and multiple conducting paths.
- Identify magnets and their properties by describing magnetic
force, magnetic fields, and magnetic poles.
Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills
- Define waves by describing how they move and by looking at
examples of waves.
- Explain how humans hear sound by describing how the parts of
the ear work.
- Determine how ultrasonic sound waves are used by animals to
find food and by humans for exploration and medical procedures.
- Examine how telephones transmit sound by following the
transition of radio waves to electrical signals.
- Describe how matter interacts with light by explaining how
objects transmit, absorb, and reflect light.
- Examine what determines the color of objects by studying the
absorption and reflection of colors by a variety of objects.
- Determine how lenses form images by examining convex and concave
Fusion: Cells and Heredity (textbook)
Fusion: The Diversity of Living Things (textbook)
Fusion: The Dynamic Earth (textbook)
Fusion: Earth's Water and Atmosphere (textbook)
Fusion: Space Science (textbook)
Fusion: Matter and Energy (textbook)
Fusion: Motion, Forces, and Energy (textbook)
Fusion: Sound and Light (textbook)
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