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8th Grade Science Curriculum

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INTRODUCTION

 

SCIENTIFIC METHOD

q       Data analysis

q       Experimentation skills/techniques (9c; 9e)

q       Skills needed for 8th grade science

Ø     Metric Length lab

Ø     How to make a bar graph

Ø     Bar graph practice

Ø     How to answer questions

Ø     Observation and Inference activity

Ø      Mobius activity

Ø      Penny lab

Ø      Textbook scavenger hunt

Ø      What is an average?

Ø      Lost on the moon

 

 

CHEMISTRY

 

WHAT IS MATTER?

ü       A review of what it is and how we describe and measure matter

q       Volume

q       Mass

q       Density (8a;8b)

q       Properties

 

Ø      Measurements in science reading; worksheet

Ø     Measurement in Science lab (Learning lab)

Ø     Volume lab

Ø     Matter web

 

 

Ø     Density cubes

Ø     Cents density analysis

ATOMIC THEORY OF MATTER (3a)

q       elements

q       Periodic Table (3f)

Ø     103 element wordsearch

Ø     Exploring elements/Activity 2

Ø     (Patterns of the P.T.)

Ø     Chemistry in Life Project

Ø     Elements for the human body’s health (graphing)

q       Structure of an atom (Atomic Theory of matter) (3a; 7b)

 

 

 

q       Valence electrons

 

 

 

 

 

 

q       Isotopes (7b)

 

Ø     Nye: Atoms w/ txt atomic model development

Ø     (Atom’s family in Matterville)

Ø     Reading the P.T. ws

Ø     Bohr and Lewis atomic models

Ø     Little People activity

Ø     PeriodicTable Basics

Ø     PeriodicTable Basics 2

Ø     Crossword review

 

Ø     Naming Isotopes (cards)

Ø     Naming Isotopes 2 ws

 

ATOMIC INTER-ACTIONS (3b)

BONDING

 

q       Ionic bonding (crystal) (3c)

 

 

 

 

q       Covalent bonding (polymers) (3c)

 

q       Chemical formulas (3f)

 

Ø     guidebook page 92 – 97

Ø     ionic bonding worksheet

 

Ø     guidebook p. 99 – 101

Ø     covalent bonding worksheet

Ø     ionic vs. covalent worksheet

 

Ø     World’s smallest building blocks (paper models notes)

Ø     Counting Atoms ws

 

CHEMICAL REACTIONS

q       signs of reactions: endo- & exo-thermic (5c)

 

 

q       Conservation of mass and energy (5b)

Ø     Observation of reaction lab

Ø     Bag full of chemicals

Ø     Bag full of chemicals challenge (9)

Ø     Mystery powders (9)

Ø     Glue to Goop

Ø     Glue to Goop +

Ø     Nye: Chemical Reactions

Ø     Conservation in a bag

Ø     Toxicity Experimental Lab Project (9)

q       Acids vs Bases (Salts) (5e)

Ø     Alien juice bar

Ø     Cabbage pH

Ø     (pH meters)

STATES OF MATTER

q       Kinetic Theory of matter (3d, 3e)

Ø     States of matter outline (p. 90-95 txt)

Ø     Goo Yuck

Ø     Nye: Fluids

Ø     Guidebook p. 51-53

Ø     Bubbles lab

Ø     Magic balloon (demo?)

q       Changes in States of Matter (5d)

Ø     Where does it all go? (Evaporation lab)

Ø     Sublimation: dry ice (demos)

Ø     Watching ice melt

 

PROPERTIES

q       Physical (5d, 7c)

 

 

 

 

q       Chemical (5a)

 

 

 

Ø     Candy chromotography

Ø     Shrunken head demo

Ø     What’s what on the P.T. ws

CARBON CHEMISTRY (6)

 

 

 

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PHYSICS

 

What is motion?

(1a)

o       Change of position

o       Reference point

o       Time

 

Ø     Mini-animation flip book

Ø     Marble motion lab

Describing motion

o       Speed (1b, 1e)

o       Velocity (1d, 1f, 1g)

 

Ø     Speedy Marble

 

o       Acceleration (2e)

 

Ø     Funderstanding.com

properties of moving Objects

(2f)

o       Inertia

 

o       Momentum

Ø     Mass and the Speedy Marble

 

Ø     Marble Motion Revisited

 

Ø     Transfer of momentum lab

work and energy

(National standards)

 

Ø     Roller Coaster Prep Day

Forces

 

 

 

o       Balanced vs unbalanced

 

o       Friction

ü     Static

ü     Sliding

ü     Rolling

ü     Fluid

 

Ø     Roller Coaster Challenge (2days)

 

Ø     Falling Papers

o       Gravity

Ø     Penny Inertia

Ø     Falling Papers

Ø     Closer look at Falling Papers

Ø     Parachute air resistance activity

o       Elastic Forces

Ø     Motion Booklet Project

PHYSICS FINAL (PRACTICAL)

Slow that Marble Down!


 

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