Science 8

Course Outline

An important and universal goal of science education is to equip learners with an understanding of the roles that science and technology play in society. The Nova Scotia science curriculum aims to develop learners’ Scientific Literacy and their ability to problem solve and apply the principles of scientific inquiry to real-world situations and familiar problems. In so doing, learners will develop skills and competencies. Additionally, Science 8 seeks to develop scientific literacy through designing and building for technological innovation, writing for scientific communication and data analysis.

Learners in grade 8 will have opportunities to design scientific inquiries, evaluate evidence, use evidence for argumentation and use technology to solve problems. They will explore fundamental concepts of the Nature of Science such as:

  • Scientific Reasoning
  • Patterns
  • Cause and Effect
  • Systems and Models
  • Energy and Matter
  • Structure and Function
  • Change and Stability
  • Stewardship and Sustainability
  • Similarity and Diversity

Learning in Context:

The nature of science asks learners to question the phenomena of the world around them, then test those questions in controlled environments. Themes create authentic purpose for learning and facilitate cross curricular, project-based learning opportunities. Learners will see the context for what they are learning which will improve transfer of skills and knowledge. It is important that learners view themselves as scientists and as an integral part of the learning process. Teaching through themes is one way to make the learning meaningful for all learners. Each of the themes in Science 8 provide opportunities for learners to engage with inquiry based learning in a hands-on way that is crucial to science literacy and the development of critical thinking skills.

Science 8 Themes:

  • Healthy Cells, Healthy Systems - Learners explore concepts related to keeping their bodies healthy. They will learn about cell structures and functions in relation to various medical disorders. Learners will employ case study methodologies.
  • Climate Change - Learners will explore concepts related to heat and the kinetic molecular theory in relation to climate change and the greenhouse effect. They will examine the role of humans in climate change as well as potential solutions for adaptation and mitigation.
  • Hydraulics and Pneumatics - Learners will explore concepts related to the properties of fluids and fluid dynamics as they are applied in hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Learners will explore mechanical advantage provided by these systems and they will use the design process to create a hydraulic or pneumatic system to solve a problem.

Grade 7 and 8 renewed curriculum has been fully implemented across the province. 

Updated August 2, 2022