Eighth Grade Science
Bloomfield Hills Middle
TEXTBOOK : Science Plus
Technology and Society (Level Blue), 2002 Edition
Eighth grade Science will be a
course which will be dominated by laboratory activity and the inquiry method of
learning. Students will be asked to complete experiments and form conclusions
about the meaning of these experiments. Classroom discussions will assure the
assimilation of new concepts with concepts about science that are all ready
developed in students. Our spiral approach to Science ensures that students
will learn about all the disciplines of Science during the course of eighth
Photosynthesis and Plant Structures-
Students will engage
in a series of experiments to help them develop the equation for
photosynthesis. They will also study
leaves and identify structure and functions of leaves. They will also develop
an understanding of how photosynthesis is part of the water cycle, and why
animals and plants are essential for each other. This material is mostly from
chapter one of the Science Plus textbook.
Respiration and Animal Structures
Students will be able to describe the symbiotic relationship
between animals an
Plants, and describe the relationship between photosynthesis
and respiration. They will also develop a basic understanding of systems of
structures in living things. This material is primarily from chapters 2 and 3
of the Science Plus textbook.
Weather, Climate, Atmosphere, and Water
Students will learn through experimentation the fundamentals
of how land, sea, and air interact to create both weather and climate. They
will discuss the effects of global climatic change, and how man influences the
environment, for good and bad. These topics can be found in chapters 10, 11,
and 12 of our textbook.
The fundamentals of the periodic table will be discussed.
The student will also develop an understanding of types of matter, with
emphasis on solution chemistry. This unit is not a part of the Science Plus
The student will complete a series of experiments to help
understand the characteristics of sound. They will develop an understanding of
the wave model of sound, and create speakers and musical instruments. This material is mostly found in chapters 16,
17, an 18 of our textbook.
This unit will focus on the components of the
electromagnetic spectrum. Students will also learn about light characteristics
and behavior. Diffraction, reflection, and refraction will be a few of the
topics that will be discussed. This material is found mostly in chapters 20,
21, and 22 of our textbook.
UNIT 7-Continuity of Life
This unit will introduce the students into the structure and
function of DNA, RNA, and proteins. This unit will also introduce mitosis and
meiosis. Genetics will be the main focal point of this unit, as students learn
about sex-linked and autosomal genetic characteristics. Students will make
punnett squares and use probability to determine the likelihood of offspring
obtaining any given trait. This material
is found mostly in chapters 22 and 23 of our textbook.
SCIENCE 8 / AMERICAN STUDIES
Standard Based Grading System
Below 60 E
will be based on points accumulated on various assignments made during the
course of the year.
Breakdown of Points
objective- matching, multiple choice, fill in the blank
Activity Projects 40 50 %
Assignments such as laboratory reports,
cooperative group projects,
reports, PowerPoint or web based assignments.
Homework 20 30 %
Questions from the textbook, worksheets, or short
will be part of the student grade.
Class Notebook 5 10%
During the course of each marking
period, you will be asked to turn in a notebook which reflects all the work
which we have done in class. You will be
asked to turn in notes, worksheets and other assignments that we worked on
during the marking period.
Extra Credit- There will be
opportunities for extra credit from time to
time during the
marking period. You can also brainstorm
and come up
with an idea
that will benefit you and the whole class, for extra credit.
Extra credit must be student initiated
and approved by the teacher
before it will
be considered for credit.
Behavior is considered an extra ingredient, which can
your grade. No point value will be awarded. However
slightly improve your grade. If
your behavior in a
situation is hazardous to other students, you will be
sat down and
loss of credit could result.
Accounting of your Grade
It is expected
that you will keep track of assignments and of your points in your class journal.
I will also post your grades on my web site,
that in some
cases it will take several days in order for late
work to be
reflected on my grade sheets. PLEASE BE
If there are long term (one or two week)
between what you
think your grade is and what I have on
the grade sheet,
I will be glad to sit down with you before or
after school to rectify the situation. THIS CAN NOT
HAPPEN DURING CLASS TIME.