• Welcome to Adventures in Science 8!

    On the menu on the left titled "Class Calendar," click on the title of the week's lessons to find out what we're learning, how we're learning it, and what each night's short, nightly homework activity is.

    If your child says, "I already did my homework," they are playing you.There is a tremendous correlation between students who complete short, nightly practice tasks (which reinforces science vocabulary), and students who are successful on unit tests. Learning science words and concepts is no different than learning how to play soccer, or a musical instrument in this regard.

    North Middle is a "StemScopes" school. That means your child has online access to all of the lessons and activities and readings when they are sick or have gone away on a vacation. I also provide copies of our last textbook series and explain what chapters apply to what we're currently studying upon request.

    I believe in removing barriers to success. My after-hours contact is 472.1115, if your student is having difficulty with a specific assignment and needs tutoring to complete it.

    Grading Policy:

    Grants Pass School District 7 mandates that 30% of the grade is to be determined by practice assignments, and 70% is determined by proficiency tests.

    If your child fails a proficiency test, they are welcome to do a re-take ticket, which usually consists of reviewing readings, re-copying lab conclusions or worksheets, quizzing flashcards with family members, or watching a couple of YouTube clips. After showing the re-take ticket to the teacher, students are welcome to re-take the test. Attempting a re-take without completing a re-take ticket is not allowed.

    Specific Course Standards:

    Power Standard


    Scope (Unit) Title

    Life Science Supporting Science Standards

    Natural Selection and Adaptations

    ·         Fossil Record

    ·         Evolutionary History and Relationships

    ·         Embryonic Development

    ·         Natural Selection and Populations

    ·         Adaptation by Natural Selection


    MS-LS4-1: Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past.

    MS-LS4-2: Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships.

    MS-LS4-3: Analyze displays of pictorial data to compare patterns of similarities in embryological development across multiple species to identify relationships not evident in the fully formed anatomy.

    MS-LS4-4: Construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variations of a trait in a population increase some individual’s probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment.

    MS-LS4-6: Use mathematical representations to support explanations of how natural selection may lead to increases and decreases of specific traits in populations over time.


    Growth, Development, and Reproduction of Organisms

    ·         Genes and Gene Mutations

    ·         Mutations

    ·         Artificial Selection


    MS-LS3-1-: Develop and use a model to describe why structural changes to genes (mutations) located on chromosomes may affect proteins and may result in harmful, beneficial, or neutral effects to the structure and function of the organism.

    MS-LS4-5: Gather and synthesize information about the technologies that have changed the way humans influence the inheritance of desired traits in organisms.



    Power Standard


    Scope (Unit) Title

    Earth Science Supporting Science Standards


    Space Systems

    ·         Patterns of Motion

    ·         Earth, Sun, and Moon Systems

    ·         The Universe

    ·         The Solar System

    ·         Formation of the Solar System

    MS-ESS1-1: Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons.

    MS-ESS1-2: Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.

    MS-ESS1-3: Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.


    History of Earth

    ·         Geologic History of the Earth

    MS-ESS1-4: Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth’s 4.6-billion-year-old history.


    Power Standard


    Scope (Unit) Title

    Physical Science Supporting Science Standards

    Forces and Motion

    ·         Newton’s Third Law of Motion

    ·         Changes in Motion, Force, and Direction

    ·         Electromagnetic Forces

    ·         Gravitational Forces

    ·         Force Fields


    MS-PS2-1: Apply Newton’s Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects.

    MS-PS2-2: Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object.

    MS-PS2-3: Ask questions about data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces.

    MS-PS2-4: Construct and present arguments using evidence to support the claim that gravitational interactions are attractive and depend on the masses of interacting object.

    MS-PS2-5: Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact.




    ·         Introduction to Properties of Waves

    ·         Modeling Waves through Various Mediums

    ·         Properties of Visible Light

    ·         Modeling Electromagnetic Waves

    ·         Digital vs. Analog Signals

    MS-PS4-1: Use mathematical representations to describe a simple model for waves that includes how the amplitude of a wave is related to the energy in a wave.

    MS-PS4-2: Develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.

    MS-PS4-3: Integrate qualitative scientific and technical information to support the claim that digitized signals (sent as wave pulses) are a more reliable way to encode and transmit information.


    Kinetic and Potential Energy

    ·         Kinetic Energy

    ·         Potential Energy

    ·         Energy Transfer Between Objects


    MS-PS3-1: Construct and interpret graphical displays of data to describe the relationships of kinetic energy to the mass of an object and to the speed of an object.

    MS-PS3-2: Develop a model to describe that when the arrangement of objects interacting at a distance changes, different amounts of potential energy are stored in the system.