Gateway Regional High School

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8th Grade Science 


Ms. Shannon Dorsett


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Course Description

        This course provides structured and guided instruction to assist students in acquiring basic understandings at a pace that meets their needs. The eighth grade science program is designed to present scientific concepts through an integrated approach with emphasis on the following areas: (1) structure and behavior of matter; (2) force and motion; (3) energy; and (4) earth and space. While knowledge of content is being developed, students are engaged in real-life, hands-on and cooperative activities that encourage problem-solving, critical thinking, and Instruction is organized into modeling cycles that engage students in model development, evaluation and application in concrete situations –– thus promoting an integrated understanding of modeling processes and acquisition of modeling skills. The teacher sets the stage for student activities, typically with a demonstration and class discussion to establish common understanding of a question to be asked of nature. Then, in small groups, students collaborate in planning and conducting experiments to answer or clarify the question. Students present and justify their conclusions in oral and/or written form, including a formulation of models for the phenomena in question and evaluation of the models by comparison with data.


Course Expectations and Assessments


Assessment focuses both on the cognitive skills of conceptual understanding, history of science and systems, the process skills of problem solving, mathematics, and technology. Evaluation includes unit tests, quizzes, performance tasks, projects, presentations, and laboratory experiences. Throughout the learning process, students develop career planning and workplace readiness skills, demonstrate self-management skills, and apply safety principles.

MP1: Evidence of Common Ancestry Benchmark

         Battle of Beaks Research Activity

         Selection and Adaptation Benchmark

MP2: Natural Resources Activity

        Stability and Change on Earth Benchmark

        Oil Spill Clean Up Design Project

MP3: Relationship Among Forms of Energy Benchmark

        Tennis Ball Energy Conservation Lab

        Thermal Energy Benchmark

MP4: Penguin Dwelling Design Project

        Electromagnetic Spectrum Benchmark

        Electromagnetic Spectrum Research Project


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Required and Recommended Materials 


Classroom Behavioral Expectations and Rewards/Consequences

We always encourage students and parents to communicate any questions. Email is the fasted way to answer questions, but if a phone call is needed, please email with a phone number and time to call.