•  8th Grade Science Curriculum Map


    Students will work throughout the year to demonstrate their knowledge and skill through project-based learning, labs, individual assessments and collaborative assignments.


    8th Grade Science Curriculum Map – Topics may change due to planning changes or student needs.




    o    Students will be able to:

    o    Use the scientific method to perform, design, and communicate scientific inquiries

    o    Describe the history and nature of science as it pertains to the curriculum

    o    Describe and evaluate the nature of science and the role of science and technology in society

    o    Laboratory Investigations/Science Projects/Unit Assessments (quizzes and tests)

    1 & 2  Chemistry

    (August – December)

    o    Identify and determine the physical properties of matter

    o    Identify and determine the chemical properties of matter

    o    Identify evidence of chemical reactions

    o    Classify matter (pure substance, mixed substance, compounds)

    o    Explain the organization of the Periodic Table

    o    Investigate how energy affects matter (states of matter)

    o    Explain Modern Atomic Theory

    o    ELA support: (Bacterial Breakdown & Technology of Touch)

    o    Chemistry Project (menu)

    o    District Summative Assessment (School and District Assessments)

    2 &3

    Ecology & Genetics

    (December – February)

    Ecology Unit

    o    Describe behavioral and physical adaptations

    o    Describe the role of homeostasis in organisms

    o    Describe characteristics that could change over time in organisms

    o    Compare relationships between organisms in the environment

    o    Analyze behavioral cycles of organisms

    o    ELA support: Quick Check (alternative energy solutions)

    o    Species of the Week Project

    o    Environmental Hazards essay (ELA support)

    o    Ecology Summative (School Assessment)


    Genetics Unit

    o    Explain cell growth and repair

    o    Explain the principles of heredity

    o    Distinguish between dominant and recessive traits

    o    Describe the work of Gregor Mendel

    o    Classify and describe the structure and function of genetic material

    o    Predict the results of simple genetic crosses using a Punnett Square

    o    Describe genetic mutations and hybrids

    o    Evaluate the costs and benefits of genetic engineering

    o    Genetics debate

    o    ELA support: Genetic Engineering

    o    Genetics Summative (School Assessment)

    3 & 4  Physics

    (February – April)

    o    Demonstrate understanding of vector and scalar quantities; velocity and speed

    o    Identify various forces

    o    Describe Newton’s Laws of Motion

    o    Create motion graphs

    o    Describe the relationship between energy, motion, simple machines, work and power.

    o    Analyze Simple Machines Investigation

    o    Force of Friction Formal Lab Report

    o    District Summative Assessment (School and District Assessments)

    o    ELA Support: Space Junk solutions essay

    o    Science Night Projects and Presentations

    o    AIMS practice test and support (piloting new study resources)

    o    AIMS and AZMERIT testing across content areas


    End of Year Projects


    o    Famous Scientist Project & Presentation

    o    Recent Discoveries Project

    o    Career surveys

    o    Scientist Interviews

    *ELA support – e.g. hyperlink text documents and 1:! content area playlists (media file, gather data, and express main idea/concept).

    “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

    - Socrates (Ancient Greek Philosopher, 470 BC-399 BC).

    “Invention is the most important product of man's creative brain. The ultimate purpose is the complete mastery of mind over the material world, the harnessing of human nature to human needs.”

    -Nikola Tesla, My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla (1919)