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    From the Alabama Course of Study and IB MYP Guide:

     

    Course Overview:

     

    Students in eighth grade exhibit a wide range of learning styles and intellectual abilities. This diversity in development requires the implementation of a science curriculum that engages students in scientific inquiry. The classroom environment must provide opportunities for students to identify problems, ask questions, make observations, design solutions, and explore important scientific concepts through investigations. As students’ curiosity and creativity flourish, teachers must design activities that encourage students to construct explanations based upon their own experiences and to use their creative abilities to devise solutions to real-world problems. Students engage in higher-level, abstract-thinking processes as they make connections between and among disciplines and become well-grounded in experiences. Students work in a variety of groups that foster collaboration among peers.

     

    Key Concept:

     

    Grade 8 content standards are based upon the disciplinary core ideas in the Physical Science domain. The first core idea, Matter and Its Interactions, concentrates on the composition and properties of matter. The second core idea, Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions, focuses on examining forces and predicting and developing explanations for changes in motion. The third core idea, Energy, involves the conservation of energy, energy transformations, and applications of energy to everyday life. The final core idea, Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer, examines types and properties of waves and the use of waves in communication devices. Integrated into the Physical Science content standards are the disciplinary core ideas of the Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science (ETS) domain, which require students to employ tools and materials to solve problems and to use representations to convey various design solutions.

     

     

    IB MYP Year 3 Science Criterion

    Criterion A: Knowing and understanding

    i. describe scientific knowledge

    ii. apply scientific knowledge and understanding to solve problems set in familiar and unfamiliar situations

    iii. analyze information to make scientifically supported judgments.

    Criterion B: Inquiring and designing

    i. describe a problem or question to be tested by a scientific investigation

    ii. outline a testable hypothesis and explain it using scientific reasoning

    iii. describe how to manipulate the variables, and describe how data will be collected

    iv. design scientific investigations.

    Criterion C: Processing and evaluating

    i. present collected and transformed data

    ii. interpret data and describe results using scientific reasoning

    iii. discuss the validity of a hypothesis based on the outcome of the scientific investigation

    iv. discuss the validity of the method

    v. describe improvements or extensions to the method.

    Criterion D: Reflecting on the impacts of science

    i. describe the ways in which science is applied and used to address a specific problem or issue

    ii. discuss and analyse the various implications of using science and its application in solving a specific problem or issue

    iii. apply scientific language effectively

    iv. document the work of others and sources of information used.

  • PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO ACCESS OPTIONAL ENRICHMENT ASSIGNMENTS

    8th Grade Science Enrichment

    THIS WORK IS OPTIONAL AND IS FOR ENRICHMENT PURPOSES ONLY.  IT WILL NEITHER BE GRADED NOR CREDITED.

  • In case of school closing for the potential threat of the coronavirus students will complete assignments as outlined below.

    Days 1-3

    HMH textbook: Forces pages 2, 5-12, 16-20, 25-28, 30-35

    Complete all sections except Hand-on-Lab

    Complete checkpoint on pages 22-23, 42-43 - upon completion send a picture via Edmodo or my email.

    Days 4-6

    HMH textbook: Newton’s laws pages 45-55, 58-64

    Complete all sections listed.

    Complete checkpoint on pages 66-67 - upon completion send a picture via Edmodo or my email.

    Days 6-8

    HMH textbook: Collisions pages 69-76, 79-82

    Complete all sections listed.

    Complete checkpoint on pages 84-85 - upon completion send a picture via Edmodo or my email.

    Days 9-11

    HMH textbook: Magnetic Fields pages 98, 104-108, 131-137, 143-144

    Complete all sections listed.

    Log on to USA test prep and complete the assessment titled Force Fields.

    Log on to Learning Legends website and complete the assignment playlist Force fields. 

    Learning Legends login information:

    login to https://app.legendsoflearning.com/login 

    Select Students play now

    Select Play teacher playlist

    Enter teacher code ClarkB10

    Sign up with your information and complete the assignment playlist titled Force Fields

    Days 12-13

    Get all Wave PPT notes and watch the videos on waves and the electromagnetic spectrum from the following youtube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMIdzILycTY&list=PLmM-k2A0niwPagDuZX-0PPdzbBl6ONQti&index=3

    Day 14

    Complete the handout titled Science 8 - Electromagnetic spectrum worksheet. 

    Days 15-18

    Electromagnetic Spectrum Research Activity - using your assigned portion of the electromagnetic spectrum research your wave and prepare a typed report following the guidelines and rubric. Email or share your research paper on the last assigned day. 

    Day 19

     

    Complete the Waves: Introduction and Types reading handout. Email a picture of your answers.  

    Days 20

    Complete the wave sorting activity. Email a picture of your answers. 

    Days 21-22

    Complete the take home sound waves lab and reflection. 

    Days 23-25

    Log on to USA test prep and complete the Waves assignment.

    Days 26-27

    Log onto Legends of Learning and complete the teacher playlist titled Waves and Their Properties.

    login to https://app.legendsoflearning.com/login 

    Select Students play now

    Select Play teacher playlist

    Enter teacher code ClarkB10

    Days 28-30

    Log on to Legends of Learning and complete the teacher playlist titled Reflection, Absorption and Transmission.

    login to https://app.legendsoflearning.com/login 

    Select Students play now

    Select Play teacher playlist

    Enter teacher code ClarkB10

    Complete the worksheet titled The Electromagnetic Spectrum, email your answers on the 29th day.

    Complete the worksheet titled Waves Worksheet.