Science 8

Science 8 Course Outline

Middle school can be a challenging time for both students and their parents. A part of this is that students are not aware of how their minds work; and prefer to do what "everyone" is doing, rather than what might be best for themselves. This includes their habits in review/preparation/studying. Students and their parents are encouraged to read my page on "Studying in Middle School."


Over the course of this year, the vast majority of student work will be done on Google Classroom. Due dates will appear on students' Google Classroom calendars. 
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Course Overview:


General Outline

Mix and Flow of Matter

Students will investigate and describe fluids, both in everyday materials and in technological devices, describe the composition of fluids, and compare the properties of gases and liquids.  This unit will begin in September, with the unit test falling about November 1.



Cells and Body Systems

 Students will investigate living things, describe the role of cells, interpret the healthy function of human body systems, and describe areas of scientific investigation leading to new knowledge about body systems.  The unit test will take place about December 21.

Light and Optical Systems

Students will investigate the nature of light and vision, the transmission of light, and explain the science of image formation and vision.  This unit will begin after Christmas, with students being tested on the material near the beginning of March



Mechanical Systems

Students will illustrate the development of science and technology by describing, comparing, and interpreting mechanical devices.  They will analyze machines by describing their structures and the transmission of force and energy.  Students will be given their unit test on or about May 3.

Freshwater and Saltwater Systems

 Students will cover the material of this unit through a series of 3 guided projects. The first deals with social justice and the global water crisis; the second will be about aquatic organisms and the adaptations that they have, in order to live successfully in their environment; and the third will look specifically at the local watershed, and what we can do to improve it.

 Throughout the course students will be challenged to develop higher level thinking skills as they strive for success.  Students will focus their attention on the processes by which scientific knowledge is developed and tested, they will see solutions to practical problems, and they will focus on issues and decisions relating to how science and technology are applied.


Please feel free to ask questions throughout the duration of the course.  If you have any concerns, please make contact me by email.

Re-work Policy:

Students who are not satisfied with their grade on a project or unit test may request the opportunity to re-work it. This opportunity is not offered on minor assignments or quizzes. The following criteria must be met by students wishing to re-work projects and tests:
-effort must have been demonstrated on the original (re-works will not be permitted on incomplete work)
-re-works will not be permitted in cases of academic dishonesty
-re-writes of tests will take place after school (3:45); multiple times/dates will not be made available
-students must attend a session with Mr. Allison during lunch time, to review the difficulties that they had, before re-writing a test
-for tests, the final score will be an average of the original and the re-write, to a maximum of 90%
-habitual use of this privilege (3 times/term or more) will result in a teacher-student conference to discuss the reasons for this occurrence -- this discussion may include the possibility of the privilege being withdrawn

 Science Tutorials

I am frequently available to assist students who are having difficulty with class material.  I expect students to see me for help as soon as possible, if they are having difficulties. Students are asked to request this time at least 24 hours in advance, to ensure that I am available.

 Course Marking Scheme:

Each term will be assessed as follows:

Minor Assignments 25%
Projects 20%
Quizzes 20%
Unit Tests 20%
Final Exam 15%


  • Quality work is definitely within your reach and is achievable.  Whether you are a very strong student, or struggle to do well in Science, you are expected to do your best.
  • Bring required materials to class.  This includes your Chromebook, binder, pen/pencils, ruler, and calculator.
  • Keep track of when quizzes and tests are coming up; and of when assignments are due. Go over this information with your parents so that they can help you to budget your time.
  • Complete all work on time and produce quality assignments.
  • When using other classrooms (or the IRC), show respect for personal belongings and property, enter and leave the area as you found it, and keep noise to a minimum.
  • See Mr. Allison as soon as possible if you are having problems or difficulties