Mr. White

Welcome to the 8 South Science page.


Use the helpful links on the left for resources to help with our current unit.
Our first unit will focus on Heredity and Reproduction, including both asexual and sexual reproduction. For an over view of all the units see below.

The following is a preview of the skills & topics that we will be covering in 8th grade science this year:


¨     Scientific inquiry is a thoughtful and coordinated attempt to search out, describe, explain and predict natural phenomena.

¨     Scientific inquiry progresses through a continuous process of questioning, data collection, analysis and interpretation.

¨     Scientific inquiry requires the sharing of findings and ideas for critical review by colleagues and other scientists.


¨     Scientific literacy includes speaking, listening, presenting, interpreting, reading and writing about science.

¨     Scientific literacy also includes the ability to search for and assess the relevance and credibility of scientific information found in various print and electronic media.


¨     Scientific numeracy includes the ability to use mathematical operations and procedures to calculate, analyze and present scientific data and ideas.

C INQ.1      Identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigation.

C INQ.2      Read, interpret and examine the credibility of scientific claims in different sources of information.

C INQ.3      Design and conduct appropriate types of scientific investigations to answer different questions.

C INQ.4      Identify independent and dependent variables, and those variables that are kept constant, when designing an experiment.

C INQ.5      Use appropriate tools and techniques to make observations and gather data.

C INQ.6      Use mathematical operations to analyze and interpret data.

C INQ.7      Identify and present relationships between variables in appropriate graphs.

C INQ.8      Draw conclusions and identify sources of error.

C INQ.9      Provide explanations to investigated problems or questions.

C INQ.10   Communicate about science in different formats, using relevant science vocabulary, supporting evidence and clear logic.

Grade 8

Core Themes, Content Standards and Expected Performances

Content Standards

Expected Performances

Forces and Motion – What makes objects move the way they do?

8.1 - An object’s inertia causes it to continue moving the way it is moving unless it is acted upon by a force to change its motion.

¨     The motion of an object can be described by its position, direction of motion and speed.

¨     An unbalanced force acting on an object changes its speed and/or direction of motion.

¨     Objects moving in circles must experience force acting toward the center.

C 1.     Calculate the average speed of a moving object and illustrate the motion of objects in graphs of distance over time.

C 2.     Describe the qualitative relationships among force, mass and changes in motion.

C 3.     Describe the forces acting on an object moving in a circular path.

Heredity and Evolution – What processes are responsible for life’s unity and diversity?

8.2 - Reproduction is a characteristic of living systems and it is essential for the continuation of every species.

¨     Heredity is the passage of genetic information from one generation to another.

¨     Some of the characteristics of an organism are inherited and some result from interactions with the environment.

C 4.     Explain the similarities and differences in cell division in somatic and germ cells.

C 5.     Describe the structure and function of the male and female human reproductive systems, including the process of egg and sperm production.

C 6.     Describe how genetic information is organized in genes on chromosomes, and explain sex determination in humans.

Earth in the Solar System – How does the position of Earth in the solar system affect conditions on our planet?

8.3 - The solar system is composed of planets and other objects that orbit the sun.

¨     Gravity is the force that governs the motions of objects in the solar system.

¨     The motion of the Earth and moon relative to the sun causes daily, monthly and yearly cycles on Earth.

C 7.     Explain the effect of gravity on the orbital movement of planets in the solar system.

C 8.     Explain how the regular motion and relative position of the sun, Earth and moon affect the seasons, phases of the moon and eclipses.

Science and Technology in Society – How do science and technology affect the quality of our lives?

8.4 - In the design of structures there is a need to consider factors such as function, materials, safety, cost and appearance.

¨     Bridges can be designed in different ways to withstand certain loads and potentially destructive forces.

C 9.     Explain how beam, truss and suspension bridges are designed to withstand the forces that act on them.