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8th Grade Integrated Science

Skills   (introduced and reinforced throughout the year)

        *  using a textbook, note taking,  homework format

        *  preparing for exams, test taking strategies

        *  notebook organization

        *  conducting experiments - scientific method

        *  writing up experiments- lab reports

        *  how to conduct research and how to write a research report

        *  math integration-  graphing, charting and formation of data tables, rounding off, calculator    

            operation, use of formulas

        *  reading skills- integration of reading comprehension skills

        *  review of 6th & 7th grade laboratory skills (triple beam balance, metric ruler, microscope)


        *  types of energy

        *  electromagnetic  spectrum

        *   energy transformations

        *   states of matter / phase changes

        *   potential vs. kinetic energy

        *  conservation of energy


        *  balanced and unbalanced forces

        *  friction

        *  gravity


        *  speed / acceleration

        *  Newton’s Laws


        *  elements of weather, climate, hazardous weather

        *  fronts, air masses,  forecasting, station model


        *   solar system information –classification  of  stars

        *   seasons, axis tilt vs. distance from sun

        *   time--day and night, month and year

        *   earth moon relationships-- eclipses, tides and moon phases

        *   StarLab planetarium


        *   Earth - structure,  scale models of the earth, map studies

        *   rock formations, types of rocks

        *   minerals

        *  plate tectonics - earthquakes, volcanoes, ridges and trenches

Review of Life Science and Ecology

Assessment Preparation  - Review Book

Regents Earth Science

Observation and measurement of the environment

        *  Observation and Measurement

        *  Some useful Measurements of the Environment


            The Changing Environment

  Measuring the Earth

        *   Model of the Earth

        *    Locating Positions on the Earth

  Earth Motions

       *   Motions in the Sky

       *   Models of Celestial Motions


  Energy in Earth Processes


  Insolation and the Earth's Surface


  Energy Exchanges in the Atmosphere

       *   Weather

       *   Energy in the Atmosphere


   Moisture and Energy Budgets

        *   Water in the Earth

        *  The Local Water Budget

   The Erosional Process

        *  Weathering

        *  Erosion

   The Depositional Process

   The Formation of Rocks

         *  Minerals

         *  Rocks

    The Dynamic Crust

         *  Evidence of  Crustal Change

         *  The Earth’s Crust and Interior

         *  Theories of Crustal Change

     Interpreting Geologic History

          *  Dating Geological Events

          *  The Record in the Rocks

      Landscape Development and Environmental Change

          *  Landscape Characteristics

          *  Environmental Factors in Landscape Development

          *  Human Factors in Landscape Development

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