8th Grade


The grade 8 science units are designed to engage students in a hands-on, inquiry-based approach to learning that focuses on the characteristics and structure of matter and the forces and energy that influence them.

By the end of the grade 8 course, students will be able to:

  • Make accurate laboratory measurements.
  • Write a laboratory report using collective class information.
  • Use evidence to support conclusions.
  • Design and conduct controlled experiments.
  • State examples of how science is an integral part of our lives.

The grade 8 units of study are:

  • Matter
  • A. Properties of Matter
    B. Physical vs. Chemical Properties
    C. States of Matter
    D. Gas Laws
    E. Changes of State

  • Energy
  • A. Forms of Energy
    B. Temperature
    C. Thermal Energy and Heat
    D. Transformation of Energy
    E. Alternative Energy Resources

  • Chemistry
  • A. Solubility
    B. Separation of Mixture
    C. Compounds
    D. Elements
    E. Reactions
    F. Radioactivity

  • Forces and Motion (Physics)
  • A. Roller Coasters
    B. Newton's Laws of Motion
    C. Catapults
    D. Simple Machines (levers)

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