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Grade 8 Science

Grade 8 Science

Recommended Grade Level: 8

Course Credits:

Course Price: $250.00


Course Details:

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!

Prerequisites:

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

Segment 02

06.02 Exploring the Solar System

  • Five pounds of dry ice, finely crushed
  • Insulated container to hold the dry ice
  • Thick gloves
  • Rubber mallet
  • Safety goggles
  • Plastic bowl
  • Large towel to protect your work area
  • Several 12-gallon garbage bags
  • Flat tray
  • Liter of water
  • 2 cups of dirt
  • 1 tablespoon of starch
  • 1 tablespoon of dark syrup or soda
  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol
  • Hairdryer
  • Flashlight
  • Adult supervision

06.03 Seasons and Tides

  • Thermometer or color-changing temperature strip
  • Protractor (or print-out of a protractor)
  • Large flashlight or table lamp (Cell phone flashlights or energy-efficient bulbs will not work for this activity.)
  • 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

 

Segment 2:

 

Module 04: Cycles and Conservation

  • 00 Module Pretest
  • 01 Conservation
  • 02 Photosynthesis
  • 03 Cellular Respiration
  • 04 Advanced Interrelated Nature
  • 05 The Carbon Cycle
  • 06 Conservation Models
  • 07 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 08 Module Exam

Module 05: The Universe

  • 00 Module Pretest
  • 01 Space and Beyond
  • 02 Galaxies
  • 03 Stars
  • 04 Solar Properties
  • 05 Advanced Space Weather
  • 06 Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • 07 Space Technology
  • 08 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 09 Module Exam

Module 06: Our Solar System

  • 00 Module Pretest
  • 01 Formation of the Solar System
  • 02 Exploring the Solar System
  • 03 Seasons and Tides
  • 04 Eclipses and Moon Phases
  • 05 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 06 Module Exam
  • 07 Segment Two Exam

Accreditation & Approvals

Cognia Advanced
International Association for K-12 Online Learning
National Collegiate Athletic Association
Northwest Accreditation Commission Board
Washington OSPI
University of California
Department of Education - Idaho
Arkansas Department of Education