Course Name: Science 8
The Science 8 course is based on the Intermediate Level Science Core Curriculum (5-8). The core incorporates Standard 4 of the intermediate level New York State Learning Standards for Mathematics, Science, and Technology; building on the concepts covered at the elementary level. It incorporates the scientific inquiry from Standard 1 the use of information systems in Standard 2, the interconnectedness of content and skills and the problem-solving approaches in Standards 6 and 7. This course helps to prepare students for the Intermediate Level Science Test that is administered at the end of 8th grade.
The course emphasizes an in depth understanding of major concepts rather than memorization of science facts. Key topics covered include: Cells and Cell Processes, Genetics & Heredity, Evolution and Extinction, Ecology and the Environment, The Atmosphere, The Water Cycle, Physical/Chemical Properties of Matter, Density, Physical/Chemical Changes of Matter, Law of Conservation of Mass, and Atoms & the Periodic Table. The course is designed to be a rigorous, hands-on, science course that will prepare students for Regent level courses.
The course culminates with a Local exam. There is no NYSED laboratory requirement to sit for the final exam; but the course must include significant laboratory activities that incorporate scientific inquiry from Standard 1, as part of the course grade.
A passing grade of 65 or above in the course earns in 1 credit toward the RCSD requirements.