Course Description

In this engaging science course, eighth grade students will embark on an exploration of fundamental scientific concepts spanning from the microscopic world of atoms to the vast expanse of the universe. Through hands-on experiments, interactive discussions, and multimedia resources, students will delve into topics such as atoms and the periodic table, chemical reactions, forces and motion, genes and heredity, natural selection and change over time, and the solar system and the universe. Emphasis will be placed on inquiry-based learning, critical thinking, and the application of scientific principles to real-world phenomena. By fostering curiosity and understanding across multiple scientific disciplines, this course aims to inspire a lifelong appreciation for the wonders of the natural world.

Course Details

Eighth Grade Science

Unit 1: Atoms and the Periodic Table

  • Introduction to atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Exploration of elements, compounds, and chemical bonding
  • Hands-on activities to visualize atomic models and understand periodic trends

Unit 2: Chemical Reactions

  • Investigation of chemical reactions and reaction rates
  • Understanding types of reactions: synthesis, decomposition, combustion, and displacement
  • Balancing chemical equations and stoichiometry

Unit 3: Forces and Motion

  • Study of forces, including gravity, friction, and magnetism
  • Newton’s laws of motion and their applications
  • Analysis of motion, velocity, acceleration, and momentum

Unit 4: Genes and Heredity

  • Introduction to genetics and inheritance patterns
  • Mendelian genetics and Punnett squares
  • Exploration of genetic variation and human traits

Unit 5: Natural Selection and Change Over Time

  • Understanding the process of natural selection and evolution
  • Evidence for evolution: fossil records, comparative anatomy, and molecular biology
  • Impact of environmental factors on species adaptation and diversity

Unit 6: The Solar System and the Universe

  • Exploration of the solar system, including planets, moons, and other celestial bodies
  • Understanding stars, galaxies, and the universe’s scale and structure
  • Hands-on activities to simulate astronomical phenomena and understand cosmic events

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No texts are required for this course.

Miss Casia Holzer

Casia graduated from Utah State University with a degree in biology. While she enjoyed her education, her true passion lies in teaching chemistry. If you stepped into her class on a random day, you would most likely find her doing a science experiment. She believes nothing beats hands-on learning! When not enjoying students in the classroom, Casia tutors, writes biographies, and arranges piano music. Her motto is “Life is beautiful!”