Eighth grade begins the year learning about Lab Safety. Students who were in my seventh grade class last year can attest that I am very strict about lab rules and safety procedures when we are conducting scientific investigations. All of my science classes begin with this training, so that everyone is aware of the expectations and how to work safely in the lab.
Eighth graders are studying the new Kentucky Core Academic Standards for Science(Next Generation Science Standards,) which focuses on three domains: science/engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and cross cutting concepts. Students are also engaging in the Engineering Design Process.
Eighth grade science/engineering units of study include: Weather & Climate, Human Impact, Heredity and Genetics, Geologic Time, and Change over Time.
The Science Resources for Students section of my webpage is an excellent place to begin if your child needs help with homework or in preparation for a quiz or test. There are several interactive links and fun activities to fuel curiosity and critical thinking!
If you are curious about he Next Generation Science Standards, please read the parent guide featured on my website. Although some schools are using commercial STEM curriculum for science courses, KSD is developing its own K-12 Science/Engineering curriculum (from the same NGSS standards) to fit the unique needs and learning styles of our students.