8th Grade Science           

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8th Grade Science Syllabus

Course description: Science is the systematic study of the universe. The 8th Grade science course will include a review of measurement and the metric system, study of chemistry, motion, and energy changes, and investigation of Earth and its place in the universe. Throughout the course, lab work will be important, and emphasis will be on aspects of science that relate to everyday life.

Colorado Prepared Graduate Competencies expected of students:

1. Prepared graduates apply an understanding of atomic and molecular structure to explain the properties of matter and predict outcomes of chemical and nuclear reactions.

2. Prepared graduates observe, explain, and predict natural phenomena governed by Newton's laws of motion, acknowledging the limitations of their application to very small or very fast objects.

3. Prepared graduates apply an understanding that energy exists in various forms, and its transformation and conservation occur in processes that are predictable and measurable.

4. Prepared graduates analyze the relationship between structure and function in living systems at a variety of organizational levels, and recognize living systems' dependence on natural selection.

5. Prepared graduates explain and illustrate with examples how living systems interact with the biotic and abiotic environment.

6. Prepared graduates analyze how various organisms grow, develop, and differentiate during their lifetimes based on an interplay between genetics and their environment.

7. Prepared graduates explain how biological evolution accounts for the unity and diversity of living organisms.

8. Prepared graduates describe and explain how Earth's geologic history and place in space are relevant to our understanding of the processes that have shaped our planet.

9. Prepared graduates evaluate evidence that Earth's geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere interact as a complex system.

10. Prepared graduates describe how humans are dependent on the diversity of resources provided by Earth and Sun.

Class Rules:

1. Treat everyone and all class equipment with respect.

2. Participate appropriately in class. No food, drink or electronic devices will be allowed.

3. Be on time to class and be prepared for class! You will need your notebook, a pen or pencil, your planner and your book EVERY DAY.

4. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to obtain any assignments that may have been made while you were gone.

Instructional and grading methods to be used:

1. Worksheets-Worksheets or problems are due on the day indicated, and will not be accepted more than one (1) day late. Work turned in 1 day late will receive half credit.

2. Notebook-you must have a notebook, used FOR THIS CLASS ONLY, which you should bring every day. The notebook will be checked periodically for a grade.

3. Tardies-all students should be on time to class! After the 3rd tardy in the semester, the student will be assigned a 15 minute lunch detention, to be served in the teacher's room. During this detention, the student may not talk or do anything other than work on homework.

4. Hall passes-Every student will receive 3 hall passes per quarter. The hall pass must be signed with the date and time when used. Students who do not use all 3 passes will receive 1% extra credit on the quarter grade.

5. Laboratories-laboratories are a mandatory part of this class. Laboratory reports are required for all labs. If you are absent during a lab, you must make special arrangements to come in before or after school to make up the lab.

6. Class participation-each student is awarded 5 points per day for participation. These points may be lost by disruptive behavior. Be in class, and be on your best behavior, so that all of us can learn.

7. Examinations-you should expect to take a test and/or quiz over each chapter. Byers Jr. Sr. High School grading system applies. There will be a test at the end of each unit studied. Thursday is science test day!

8. Semester examination-the semester exam in this class is cumulative in content, and makes up 10% of the semester grade. Each quarter grade contributes to the semester grade.

You can always find out information about this class (along with helpful links and other things) at: http://www.ergreenman.com  and on the school web site.

Essential Outcomes:

The student will


  1. Use appropriate tools to gather, organize, interpret and report results.
  2. Use the scientific method (ask questions, state hypotheses, identify alternative explanations, predict, use controls, analyze, report results) properly.
  3. Know and understand atomic structure and the reasons and results of atomic bonding.
  4. Understand that there are different forms of energy and that energy may be transferred and stored but is conserved.
  5. Understand the rock cycle.
  6. Understand the natural changes that take place on Earth's surface.
  7. Explain basic plate tectonics.
  8. Understand that changes in Earth's history can be investigated and the relationships of extinct and modern forms of life and their environments understood.
  9. Understand and describe Earth's place in the Universe.
  10. Understand and describe changes that occur in the atmosphere and oceans.