Science 8

Course Overview:

Science 8 is an integrated online course in which the fields of science are not compartmentalized. Instead, earth and space science, life science, and physical science are integrated within each semester. Semester A begins with instruction on the nature of science.

Semester B of Integrated Science Grade 8 continues to build on the concepts learned in the first semester and prepares the learners with the building blocks needed to dive deeper into earth and space science, life science, and physical science.

The course focuses on both the understanding and application of science topics. It includes a variety of assignments that help students apply their knowledge of science concepts. Throughout each module, there are multiple opportunities for formative assessment.

Semester 1:  

In Semester A, the course focuses on various topics in science. Students explore the historical development of scientific knowledge and its contemporary practices. They learn about simple and compound machines, understanding their principles and applications. The study of modern machines introduces more complex technologies and their functions. Earth’s history and structure are examined, delving into the geological processes that have shaped the planet. The concepts of air, climate, and weather are explored, including the factors that influence them. Additionally, students learn about the properties and importance of water.

Semester 2: 

In Semester B, the course shifts towards the study of life sciences. Students delve into the topics of reproduction, heredity, and evolution, understanding the mechanisms of passing traits from one generation to another and how they drive species diversity. They also explore the classification of living things, learning about the organization and relationships between different organisms. The course covers invertebrates, examining the characteristics and diversity of these animals. The study of vertebrates focuses on animals with a backbone, including their adaptations and classifications. Pollution is discussed, addressing the sources, impacts, and mitigation strategies of various types of pollution. Finally, students explore human impacts on populations, considering the consequences of human activities on ecosystems and biodiversity.

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