Science Units

Below are the units that will be covered this year in 8th Grade Science class. Click on the links below for more information about each unit.

Unit 1: Investigation and Experimentation - This unit focuses on investigation and experimentation.  The concepts covered in this unit are collecting measurements, designing good experiments, data collection, graphing, and graph analysis.  At the end of the unit, students will design and conduct an entire experiment from start to finish with their group.  

Unit 2: Motion and Forces - This unit focuses on Motion (reference point, speed, velocity, acceleration) and Forces (Types of forces, Drawing Force Arrow Diagrams, and calculating net force).  We will collect data for objects that speed up, slow down, and stay at a constant speed and then analyze why these objects had this motion. While working on this unit we will continue to strengthen our skills learned from unit 1. The culminating project will be the Balloon Powered Car Project.  Students will be required to create a Google Site to centralize all of their notes.  These notes should be used to complete the homework accurately and to study for the weekly quizzes and tests. 

Unit 3: Density and Buoyancy -  This unit will focus on Density and buoyancy. We will be measuring mass, volume, and calculating Density of objects that are regular and irregular shape. We will also experiment to find the buoyancy of objects and predicting if the object will sink or float. The culminating project will be theboat project.  Students will be required to create a Google Site to centralize all of their notes.  These notes should be used to complete the homework accurately and to study for the weekly quizzes and tests. 

Unit 4: Astronomy -  This Unit will focus on the objects in space, such as planets, moons, asteroids, meteoroids, stars, galaxies, and the use of measurements in space.  

Unit 5: Chemistry - In this Unit, we will be covering topics such as Describing Matter, Changes of State, Identifying the different types of mixtures, Identifying acids and bases, the Atom, Elements, Compounds, and the Periodic Table, Chemical Bonding, Mass Conservation and Balancing Chemical Equations.  

Unit 6: Engineering - Our final unit will be mostly project based.  The first few activities will emphasize the engineering process and the different types of engineers.  At the end, students will have a bunch of engineering projects to complete.