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8th Grade Science Curriculum Pacing Guide

8th Grade Science

ACMS 2017-18

Deborah Hensley & Laura Willis

Bundle 1

MS-LS4-1, MS-LS4-2, MS-LS4-3, MS-ESS1-4

Unit 1 – A study of Lab Safety (2 weeks)

Phenomena:  Why is there a need for humans to be safe in a scientific environment?

1.   I can demonstrate proper lab safety techniques.

2.   I can make detailed observations and record them in my Learning Log.

3.   I can follow a lab procedure correctly.

4.   I can select and use science equipment properly.

5.   I can demonstrate proper use of science process skills.


Unit 2 – Atomic Structure (2 weeks)

Phenomena:  What is the purpose of the arrangement of the periodic table?

  1. I can explain the purpose of the periodic tables arrangement (HS-PS1-1)
  2. I can use the periodic table to determine atomic particles for an element (HS-PS1-1)
  3. I can model an atom based on the information obtained from the periodic table (HS-PS1-1)

Unit 3 – Earth History (6 weeks)

Phenomena:  What has the history of Earth looked like?

  1. I can explain the difference between an atom and an isotope. (HS-ESS1-5)
  2. I can describe the radioactive decay process and how that can be used in dating. (HS-ESS1-5)
  3. I can compare and contrast the absolute and relative methods geologists use to determine the age of the Earth. (HS-ESS1-5)
  4. I can explain the evidence that the Earth and solar system are 4.6 billion years old. (HS-ESS1-6)
  5. I can explain evidence that supports the plate tectonics theory. (HS-ESS1-5)
  6. I can describe the landforms which occur at constructive and destructive plate margins. (HS-ESS2-1)
  7. I can explain how land features are shaped by destructive forces, such as weathering, mass wasting, and coastal erosion.  (HS-ESS2-1)
  1. I can explain the ages of crustal rocks based on past and current plate movements. (HS-ESS1-5)

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Unit 4 – Earth Systems (6 weeks)

Phenomena:  How does matter move though a closed system?

1.    I can explain how Earth is a system of systems.

2.    I can develop a model of the carbon cycling among the spheres. (HS-ESS2-6)

3.    I can explain sphere-sphere interaction on Earth. (HS-ESS2-2)

4.    I can explain how the biosphere can cause changes in other Earth systems. (HS-ESS2-2)

5.    I can develop a model based on evidence of the Earth’s interior. (HS-ESS2-3)

6.    I can explain how thermal convection leads to cycling of matter on Earth. (HS-ESS2-3)

7.    I can explain the processes that form the three types of rocks. (HS-ESS2-5)

8.    I can explain the interactions between the hydrologic cycle and the rock cycle. (HS-ESS2-5)

9.    I can plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and

surface processes. (HS-ESS2-5)

10.  I can describe the dynamic feedbacks that control the evolution of life and continuously alter Earth’s surface.    


Unit 5 – Weather and Climate (6 weeks)

Phenomena:  What are the contributing factors to Earth’s Weather and Climate systems?

1.    I can explain how phase changes influence weather and climate.

2.    I can analyze how the three types of heat (energy) transfer are involved in weather and climate.

3.    I can explain how insolation is the basis for Earth’s global climate system. (HS-ESS2-4)

4.    I can describe how the albedo of various Earth surfaces affects global climate. (HS-ESS2-4)

5.   I can describe how sudden (1-100 years) variations in flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate. (HS-ESS2-4)

6.   I can describe how intermediate (thousands of years) variations in flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate. (HS-ESS2-4)

7.   I can describe how long-term variations (millions of years) in flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate. (HS-ESS2-4)

8.   I can examine data from global climate models to predict future impacts to Earth systems. (HS-ESS3-5)

9.   I can analyze data to confirm global climate change is occurring. (HS-ESS3-5) (HS-ESS3-6

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Phenomena:  How do human interactions affect the Earth Systems?

Unit 6 – Human Impacts (12 weeks)

1.   I can explain how natural resource availability has guided the development of human society. (HS-ESS3-1)

2.   I can describe how responsible management of natural resources sustains human society and biodiversity. (HS-ESS3-4)

3.   I can explain the economic, social, environmental and geopolitical costs and risks and benefits of energy production and resource extraction. (HS-ESS3-2)

4.   I can explain how technology and social regulations can change the economic, social, environmental and geopolitical factors. (HS-ESS3-2)

5.   I can explain how science and engineering develop technologies that have less impact on Earth systems. (HS-ESS3-4)

6.   I can describe how natural hazards have shaped the course of human history. (HS-ESS3-1)




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