8th Grade Comprehensive Curriculum

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Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4 Unit 5 Unit 6 Unit 7 Unit 8

Comprehensive Curriculum

Black-line Masters

Pacing Chart

LEAP Testing Help

Science SimulaitonsAdditional Resources

 

 

Unit 1:  Properties of Matter
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8 graduated cylinders, 8 Ohaus triple beam balances, 8 beakers, 8 graduated cylinders, pkg. of 500 5-mL transfer pipettes

GLXs with temperature sensors and pH sensors

Various sensors

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Science Safety Video
(by United Streaming with BL Masters)

How Scientists Work:  The Scientific Method
(Follow this link to an excellent Discovery Education video with black-line masters.)

A Cool Periodic Table
submitted by Mike Dartez

Compounds and Elements
contributed by John Simpson - PASCO PTE

Use various GLX sensors in Activity 1 to investigate absorbency of paper tower!

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Unit 2:  Earth's Crust
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1 QX5 computer (digital) microscope connected to laptop for presentation or Pro-scope digital microscope  

8 primary microscopes 

8 magnifying glasses

8 rock and mineral test kits

1 rock formation and identification lab set

8 classroom rock and mineral collections

8 beakers, 8 graduated cylinders, pkg. of 500 5-mL transfer pipettes, 15 ml test tubes

8 triple beam balances

force sensors

8 Pangea plate tectonic activity models

2 water dispensing jugs

4 corning hot plates, paraffin candles

25 safety goggles

Set-up: 4 electric extensions, 8 ring stands with rings

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What is a Mineral?
(Click here to access an excellent PowerPoint.  Click here to access the student note page that accompanies the PowerPoint.)

Mineral Groups
(Uses the web site Mineralogy 4 Kids to teach students about groups of minerals.)

Mineral Identification Lab
(Adapt this activity to fit the mineral samples you have in your school.  Click here to access the worksheet that goes with the lab.)

Rock Identification Lab
(Use this activity to set up stations using the rock samples from Chevron.)

Rock Identification
(This PowerPoint can be used as a study guide or review.)

Interactive Rock Cycle
(This site can be used with an interactive board.)

Earthquakes & Patterns
(This activity uses mapping skills & Science As Inquiry to study earthquakes around the world.  Real-world application at its best!)

Use force sensors in place of spring scales to measure weights.

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Unit 3:  Geologic History of Earth
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8 rock and mineral test kits, 1 rock formation and identification lab set, 8 classroom  rock and mineral collections, continental drift sets 

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Unit 4: Landforms and Topography
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 8 GLXs with pH sensors, beakers, water dispensing jugs

metric rulers

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Testing Soils
contributed by John Simpson - PASCO PTE

Soil Erosion

Please use the Weather Stations that are available through the internet by all schools in the parish to record daily environmental conditions!

http://achieve.weatherbug.com/Registration/login.aspx

Weather Station Instructions

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Unit 5:  Factors that Affect Earth
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 GLXs with temperature sensors, metric rulers, goose neck lamps, ring stand with clamp

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Heating Water and Land

Let There Be Light

Insulation and the Seasons

Please use the Weather Stations that are available through the internet by all schools in the parish to record daily environmental conditions!

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Weather Station Instructions

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Unit 6:  Earth’s Forces
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8 magnetic sphere kits, 16 alnico bar magnets, 8 economy magnetic compass boards, 8 iron filings,1 natural magnet, 8 magnetic compasses

8 Ohaus triple beam balances, 16 rulers, 8 meter sticks, 8 GLXs,  8 force sensors, 8 motion sensors

references:  1 reference binder middle school force and motion, 1 electricity and magnetism reference binder

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Gravity

Exploring Motion
Author:  Aaron Debbink
from

web.bsu.edu/fseec/pie/Lessons/Physics/Exploring%20Motion.doc

 

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Unit 7:  Astronomy and Space Exploration
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1  illuminated planetarium motorized kit

8 flash lights

goose neck lamps, 10 prisms, 30 diffraction grating glasses  

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 Unit 8:  Pollution and Its Effects
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8 GLXs with pH sensors, temperature sensors, and turbidity sensors, beakers ,water dispensing jugs ,

 

 

 

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Thermal Pollution & Turbidity

Water Quality & Plant Growth
by John Simpson - PASCO PTE

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LEAP Testing Help

Science LEAP Assessment Guide

Science LEAP Practice Powerpoint