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Science Curriculum

8th Grade Science:
Course Description:

Eighth grade science is an exploratory course involving opportunities to construct knowledge and develop skills

through problem solving laboratory activities, projects, and inquiry-based learning. During this course, students will

understand concepts of physical science, astronomy, Earth science, and engineering; develop and conduct

experiments, critically analyze the process and results, and communicate findings; apply technology in solving

problems; and utilize the appropriate mathematical applications required to solve those problems; and recognize that

science is data based, subject to revision, and an integral part of their lives.

Course Goals and Objectives:

1. Students will apply the scientific method through multiple laboratory activities and projects. Students will

analyze data and draw conclusions from the data they derive.

2. Students will describe and measure the interrelationship of motion, force, and energy.

3. Students will explore both inner and outer space and describe their formation and development.

4. Students will explore this wonderful planet we call Earth and learn about plate tectonics, natural disasters,

energy resources and sustainability.

5. Students will apply the engineering design process through multiple projects such as pop bottle rockets,

earthquake resistant buildings and solar powered cars.


7th Grade Life Science

Course Description

Life Science provides practical tools for everyday life. Its importance may not be immediately obvious, yet we all make science-based choices every day. Life science is involved when we choose to eat healthily, judge the reliability of a new drug claim, purchase products and services that lessen our environmental impact, or make informed decisions about our family’s health-care choices. While working in the context of real world problems, students will learn to make better science-based decisions. Everywhere we turn, science can and does help us to live better lives. Science matters!

We wish to develop in our students a deeper understanding of the changes, cycles, patterns, and relationships in our living world. Students will build on basic principles related to these concepts by exploring viruses, cells, organs, human body systems, and the classification of organisms; the dynamic relationships among organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems; and change as a result of the transmission of genetic information from generation to generation. Students will understand that scientific explanations of the natural world are developed and tested using observation, experimentation, models, evidence, and systematic processes based on logical thinking. They will apply the scientific method while seeking answers to their own questions about the natural world. They will use new technologies, uncover career possibilities, and develop 21st century learning, literacy, and life skills throughout the course.