Science with Ms. Nilsen


Science with Ms. Nilsen 2017-2018

We will kick off the year in science with lab activities that reinforce and deepen skills in metrics and problem solving using the scientific method. We will continue to delve into labs that explore the many forms of energy and the resources that provide energy for our daily lives. Designing, building and testing a solar oven is just one example of the exciting labs we have yet to undertake!

Science Curriculum Overview

This year in 8th grade science we will be delving into all the major divisions of science – Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science (physics and chemistry). Here is the breakdown of our topics for each quarter.

1st  Quarter – Physics/ Earth Science

•Review of scientific method and metric system

•The relationship between heat, density, air pressure and climate patterns

•Forms of energy and energy changes

•Conservation of energy

•Examination and debate of different sources of energy for electricity


2nd Quarter – Life Science

•Plant Anatomy, life/energy cycles and natural selection

•Osmosis and Diffusion

•Photosynthesis and Respiration

•Genetics (Heredity, GMO and Selective Breeding)


3rd  Quarter – Chemistry

•Review of physical and chemical properties of matter

•Differences between atom, element, molecule, compound and mixture

•Review of states of matter and a deeper understanding of kinetic energy changes during changing states of matter

•Chemical reactions

•Acids and Bases


4th Quarter – Physics/Earth Science/Engineering

•Force and Motion

*Gravitational forces

•Newton’s Laws of Motion

•Building and racing model solar cars (KMS participates in the regional Jr. Solar Sprint race)


•Building model rockets from recycled materials to blast out of 8th grade to the high school!!