Science 8

Course Outline


Over two-thirds of the Earth’s surface is covered by oceans and freshwater features. A study of the Earth’s marine and freshwater systems provides opportunity for students to learn about the relationship between the geomorphology of the Earth and the dynamics of oceans and freshwater basins. As students explore these systems, they should be able to explain how these geological features have developed and to describe their impact on society. Students have opportunities to investigate how the oceans and the shorelines interact; what relationships exist between ocean currents, wind and climates; and how these abiotic factors impact upon life in and around the oceans.


Applications using the principles of light have resulted in devices that have improved scientific techniques and contributed to the quality of life. Students should experience and observe the properties of light using hands-on, minds-on activities. Opportunities and activities designed to investigate and explore the properties of light provide the basis for more in-depth experimentation with materials in order to investigate reflection and refraction of light.


Fluids, including air and water, are essential in most industrial processes. Students explore the properties of fluids, including viscosity and density, and explain them using the particle theory. They also explore and explain the buoyant forces acting on floating, submerged, and sunken objects. The focus of this unit is on the inquiry process. Students design and carry out activities using various fluids.


Students will continue to study the different body systems but not in minute detail. From activities, students should explore and explain healthful living and healthy systems and make correlations between the two. This is the first time that students deal with the systems as an integrated whole. The focus of this unit of study is on decision making. Using the context of healthy/non-healthy lifestyle choices and the ways these choices impact on cells, tissues, organs, and systems, students explore, explain, and elaborate on the interconnections and ways to use these systems to help make wise choices with regard to their health.



The curriculum guides for Science 7, 8 and 9 are old and do not match the current outcomes. The current outcomes that you will be assessing are found in the Learning Outcomes Framework (Outcomes document to the right) as well as in PowerSchool. 

Please find several documents under resources to help. The ‘Crosswalk’ documents have a list of the current Science 7, 8 and 9 outcomes along with references to pages in the older documents that could support the exploration of these outcomes.  Please note that the outcomes in the old documents are the old outcomes and should not be assessed – only the outcomes on the crosswalk documents (the same as the ones in the Learning Outcomes Framework and PowerSchool) should be used.

Updated March 10, 2022