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Grade 8 Science Semester – 1

 
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Grade 8 Science Semester – 1

Recommended Grade Level: 8

Grade 8 Science (Middle School Comprehensive Science 3) is the third in a series of three consecutive middle school science classes. It builds on concepts introduced in the first and second courses of the series (Grade 6 Science, Grade 7 Science), including the disciplines of life science, physical science, and earth-space science. In addition, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts are integrated throughout the course. Students learn about properties of matter, physical and chemical changes, atoms and the periodic table of elements, photosynthesis and cellular respiration, the universe, and the solar system. Hands-on and virtual laboratory investigations are included throughout the course to provide students opportunities for exploration through scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem solving, and experimental procedures. By the end of the course, students will be practicing, experimenting, thinking, and talking like a scientist!

In this semester students will

  • learn how to measure different types of matter and how to organize matter by its various physical traits.
  • learn about states of matter, how matter is transformed through physical and chemical changes, and what happens to the mass during these changes
  • learn about the special properties of elements and compounds and how to reference these properties using the periodic table.

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Required Materials:

Student-Supplied Resources

Students need to supply the following materials to complete the coursework.

Segment 01

 

02.03 Conservation of Mass

  • Measuring cup
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 small cooking pot
  • Heat source (stove)
  • Kitchen scale to measure weight
  • Protective cooking gloves
  • 2 mixing spoons
  • Adult supervision

02.04 Thermal Energy and Chemical Change

  • Measuring cup
  • Thermometer
  • Kitchen scale to measure weight
  • Protective gloves
  • 2 mixing spoons
  • Water (room temperature)
  • 2 large Styrofoam cups
  • Container or glass
  • Lemonade drink mix packet with citric acid
  • Baking soda
  • Active yeast
  • Cup for mixing yeast
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Adult supervision

School-Supplied Resources

  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Java
  • Windows Media Player
  • Apple iTunes

Syllabus:

 

Segment 1:

 

Module 01: Matter

  • 00 Module Pretest
  • 01 Scientific Knowledge
  • 02 Measurements of Matter
  • 03 Volume and Density
  • 04 Physical Properties
  • 05 Measuring Physical Properties
  • 06 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 07 Module Exam

Module 02: Changes in Matter

  • 00 Module Pretest
  • 01 States of Matter
  • 02 Physical Versus Chemical Changes
  • 03 Conservation of Mass
  • 04 Thermal Energy and Chemical Change
  • 05 Physical Models
  • 06 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 07 Module Exam

Module 03: Elements and Compounds

  • 00 Module Pretest
  • 01 Atomic Theory
  • 02 The Periodic Table
  • 03 Advanced Valence Electrons
  • 04 Compounds
  • 05 pH and Salts
  • 06 Mixtures and Pure Substances
  • 07 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 08 Module Exam
  • 09 Segment One Exam

 


 

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