Eighth Grade Science
We continue the Introductory Physical Science (IPS) program in eighth grade, which emphasizes three forms of active learning: experimenting, solving problems, and effectively communicating the results of a scientific investigation through writing. After setting up lab notebooks, creating classroom agreements, and reviewing lab safety, students generate and test each others’ procedures, reinforcing the importance of communication in science.
In the fall, students work their way down to the atomic model through close observation in the lab. In the second half of the year, they focus on carefully investigating the physical world as seen through the lens of Newtonian mechanics. Students design and perform experiments and tackle engineering challenges. Particular emphasis is placed on critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Our goal is for each student to find their own answers through experiences in the lab, discussions with classmates, engaging with the textbook, and doing research. Students learn to support or reject their predictions with data from the whole class. Explanations are evidence-based.