Grade 8 - Science

Science 8 A - Semester 1 (Credit: 0.50)

Science is the study of the natural world. It relies on investigations and evidence to describe the natural events that occur around us. Science 8A is an integrated science course that covers topics selected from Earth science and life science. This course discusses genes and inheritance, the evolution of species, and managing energy resources on Earth. In the first unit, you will explain how an organism’s genes transfer traits from parents to offspring. You’ll also learn about genetic diversity and genetic mutations. In the second unit, you’ll compare the anatomy and development of species to give evidence for evolution. You’ll also see how fossils and rock strata on Earth hold important clues about evolution. In the third unit, you will differentiate between renewable and nonrenewable energy resources on Earth. You’ll see how energy transforms as it moves from one sphere of Earth to another. In hands-on activities, you’ll devise ways to harness and control energy for human benefit.