Science 8

Course Overview

Unit 1: Earth Science

The Prime Minister is calling, he needs to give a speech at an Environmental Conference on when and where earthquakes will occur and doesn’t know a thing about earthquakes and the potential damage they can create! Your mission is to craft a speech for him, after researching where earthquakes are found within North America and how to prepare in the event of an earthquake. You’ll read testimonies of experiences, investigate maps and craft his response to the nation.

Unit 2: Biology

The cell is the smallest building block of life. How does it the cell relate to us as humans? And what types of cells do we come into contact with? After learning about the two most common types of cells, the prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell, students will get to create a scientific model that helps them represent the cell of their choosing. Then they will take what they’ve learned about cells and move into a study of viruses and bacteria while applying the basic knowledge of cells in an extremely real world application.

Unit 3: Physics

Have you ever wanted to become a photographer? Taking stunning images of scenery, babies or even weddings! Well now’s your chance. In this module, you get to create your own Pinhole Camera after learning how different lenses and mirrors work and how in combination with light, images are created.

Unit 4: Chemistry

A new art gallery is going up in your town, and as a local artist you’ve been selected to present your artwork in an entire section of the gallery. The art you’ve chosen to display depicts a timeline of how the understanding of Chemistry has changed over time. Your art pieces are dynamic, consisting of different types of models, paints, digital pieces and hand draw pieces, all created to show different theories (Kinetic Molecular Theory and the Atomic Theory) as well as models (Bohr) in Chemistry.

Synchronous Option Available

Students who choose this option will meet as a group with the course teacher via online video conferencing at a set time each week. The group will preview the week’s assignment and discuss any issues or questions. This option is designed to develop community, go over each week’s lesson briefly, ask questions, share work, get feedback, and support each other. We are very excited to offer this new feature and anticipate great success! Please and keep in mind that registration is limited this year, but we do hope to expand in the future. To view a class schedule visit https://hcos.ca/syncschedule.


Time Commitment:

This course consists of 4 modules, Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry and Physics. Each module is designed to take approximately 10 weeks. Each week consists of three 60 minute lessons in addition to assignments, quizzes and project work.


Students are required to stream videos contained within the course content, download and print assignments and note packages, scan (either by taking pictures or physically scanning) and upload their assignments within Moodle.

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