Gateway Regional High School

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 8th Grade Science 


Lisa Eckley


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Remind account: on your phone, go to the link or open up web browser and go to

Google Classroom: parents/guardians are invited to join via email

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. 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.

1st Marking Period:

                Evidence of Common Ancestry Benchmark

Battle of Beaks Research Activity

                         Selection and Adaptation Benchmark

        2nd Marking period:

                Natural Resources Activity

                        Stability and Change on Earth Benchmark

                        Oil Spill Clean Up Design Project

        3rd Marking Period:

                Relationship Among Forms of Energy Benchmark

                        Tennis Ball Energy Conservation Lab

                        Thermal Energy Benchmark

        4th Marking Period

                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