COURSE SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
8th Grade Integrated Science Pacing Guide

September

October

November

December

January

Unit 1: The Dynamic Earth

 

  • Earth’s spheres
  • Weathering
  • Erosion & deposition by water
  • Erosion & deposition by wind, ice and gravity

 

Unit 1: The Dynamic Earth

 

  • Geologic change over time
  • Relative dating
  • Absolute dating
  • The Geologic time scale
  • Minerals
  • The Rock Cycle

 

Unit 1: The Dynamic Earth

 

  • Rock classification & characteristics
  • Earth’s layers
  • Plate tectonics
  • Mountain building
  • Volcanoes
  • Earthquakes
  • Seismology

 

Unit 2: Cells & Heredity

 

  • The characteristics of cells
  • The chemistry of life
  • Cell structure & function
  • Cellular organization

 

Unit 2: Cells & Heredity

 

  • Homeostasis & cell processes
  • Photosynthesis & cellular respiration

 

February

March

April

May

June

Unit 2: Cells & Heredity

 

  • Mitosis
  • Meiosis
  • Sexual reproduction
  • Asexual reproduction

 

Unit 2: Cells & Heredity

 

  • Heredity
  • Punnett squares
  • Pedigrees
  • DNA structure & function
  • Biotechnology

 

Unit 3: Sound & Light

 

  • Types of waves
  • Wave properties
  • Sound waves & hearing
  • Interaction of sound waves
  • Sound technology

 

Unit 3: Sound & Light

 

  • The Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Interactions of light
  • Mirrors and lenses

 

Unit 3: Sound & Light

 

  • Light waves and sight
  • Light technology