The 8th grade science curriculum combines Physical and Earth Science content. Earth Science content will offer the students the opportunity to investigate important features of Earth’s surface and major geological events as well as understand human’s impact on Earth. Physical Science will offer students the opportunity to investigate how energy causes change and its characteristics. The study of how sound and light travels will be investigated in various forms through mathematical techniques and scientific models. In addition, students will have the opportunity to understand how information is stored digitally for real world applications.
The 8th grade science course is comprised of the following key units of study: Earth’s Systems, Earth and Human Activity, Energy and Waves and their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer. This sequence of key units has been designed to reinforce cross cutting concepts of using models to simulate systems, understand how energy flows in a system, understand how structure and function are related, how feedback stabilizes systems, cause and effect relationships, scale, the role of inertia, and patterns and relationships between science and technology. Students will also be required to generate questions, investigate, communicate understanding, conduct research to find information to solve real life problems, design solutions to solve real life problems, explore a local issue to analyze data and find solutions, and graph and calculate data within a spread sheet.
As there is a need for strong, research-based science instruction in all levels of education, the purpose of this curriculum is to give the students the background knowledge needed for future success in the 9th grade Physics course. The fundamentals taught throughout the year, especially dealing with, and solving multiple formulaic expressions, will give the students the foundation to continue deciphering the new and more complex mathematical formulas found within the 9th grade Physics curriculum.