Grade 6 to Grade 8 Science Lesson Plans

  • Food as Batteries - Anytime food is involved in an experiment, students pay attention. In this lesson students will use various fruits to try to create enough energy to light a light bulb.
  • Growing Bacteria - Bacteria grow all around us. Learning about it can be fun and fascinating. In this lesson students will observe the growth of bacteria over a week's period.
  • How Full Can You Go? - The student will be able to fill a graduated cylinder to the top without it overflowing using three different measuring cups and/or spoons.
  • Making Crystals - Making crystals is fun and easy. Students will enjoy watching their crystals form as they note the changes they see in a daily journal.
  • Moon Craters - Most craters on the moon are made when a meteorite hits the surface. In this lesson students will make craters using small round objects dropped into powder. They will be able to study the way the craters look and how big they are in relation to the size of the object.
  1. A Trip Through the Colonies - Students will gain an understanding of life in colonial America through summarizing information, choosing a theme, selecting evidence supporting the theme, finally creating a news story on the theme.
  2. Air Movements - Explain why different latitudes on Earth receive different amounts of solar energy.
  3. Alternative Energy Sources - The learner will be able to discuss advantages and disadvantages of using alternative energy resources. The learner will be able to describe how important water is to living things.
  4. Atomic Structures - Explaining the makeup of an atom and being able to describe in paragraph form what makes up an atom, how and why it can change.
  5. Atoms - Summarize how models of the atom have changed over time.
  6. Bad Neighbors - Students will identify how one organism can affect an entire ecosystem.
  7. Biomes of the United States - We look at all the differences in the entire USA.
  8. Bottle Rocket Experiment - Use Newton's Laws during building and launching of bottle rockets.
  9. Careers Inside the Cell - Students will illustrate a typical cell and its parts.
  10. Cell Analogies - Students will be able to effectively engage in the lab by using their scientific reasoning skills to create different analogies about different cell parts.
  11. Chicken or the Egg? - Cells perform specific functions are group together to make tissues.
  12. Condensation - The Water Cycle - Be able to name and condensation explain the stages of the water cycle.
  13. Earth's Mantle Convection - The student will make predictions based on prior knowledge.
  14. Evolution! - For students to be able to recognize how DNA can be used to support evolution.
  15. Earth Day - To incorporate community/family involvement as interaction that will help children learn.
  16. Earth's and Its Many Layers - To understand that the Earth has different layers that are made of gases, water, soils and minerals.
  17. Electricity - Introduction - Students understand that moving charges transfer electricity.
  18. Electricity and Magnetism - The goal is for students to learn how magnetic poles interact.
  19. Evidence and Investigation - To learn about the process of investigating a criminal case involving human activity.
  20. First Face Transplant - The overall goal of this lesson is to have students understand the procedure of a 'face transplant,' the emotional difficulty and struggle the patient went through.
  21. Force and Motion - Describe or compare motions of common objects in terms of speed and direction.
  22. Forensic Science and S. M. - To introduce the concept that the Scientific Method is used on a day to day basis by some who we may not perceive as scientists, such as forensic investigators.
  23. Garbology: Whose Trash Is It? - Students will apply their understanding of the scientific method to a study of garbology by developing a hypothesis about what information they should gain from sorting through a garbage bag, making and recording observations of garbage contents.
  24. Genetics and Heredity - Determine the genotypes and phenotypes of offspring that could result from a given pair of parental genotypes.
  25. Geological Cycles - The learner will build an understanding of geological cycles, forces, processes and agents which shape the lithosphere.
  26. GT Lesson Plan - The students will learn about Earth's interior and the consistency of each layer. Students will learn about the movement of Earth's plates.
  27. Gravity and Forces - Those students who do not meet 80% mastery will correct their tests over the weekend and retest on Monday.
  28. Homeostasis - Students will explain how organisms maintain stable internal conditions and adapt to the environment.
  29. How Are Cells Setup? - Students should be able to differentiate between plant and animal cells.
  30. Human Organ Systems - Students should understand the interrelationship between the eleven human organ systems.
  31. Human Organ Systems PowerPoint - Every student will create a PowerPoint presentation and poster on a specific human system.
  32. Infectious Disease - To analyze the dangers of infectious disease and how quickly they can spread from one person to another.
  33. Introduction to the Environment - Students will have a better understanding and appreciation of the environment through various lessons focusing on factors that affect the environment.
  34. Introduction to Meiosis - Students will recall the phases of mitosis in order to figure out the phase of meiosis.
  35. Introduction to Volcanoes - The goal of this lesson is to get to know the students and to understand their prior knowledge about volcanoes.
  36. Investigating Chemical Changes - Students will be able to take what they have learned about Chemical Changes and be able to predict what will happen, observe what does happen and infer what would happen if they were to change the procedure.
  37. Lab Station Week - My goal is for them to understand properties of matter, and what they are. I would like for them to understand what is matter and what is not matter and how to tell the difference.
  38. Levels of Organization - Compare and Contrast Levels of Organization including cells, tissues, organs, organ systems, and organisms.
  39. Machines that turn - We will be looking at ways of calculating the mechanical advantage of these and the velocity ratio of gears in particular.
  40. Magnetism - Recognizes the magnetic and non-magnetic materials Identifies the laws of magnets.
  41. Newton's Law of Motion - Identify situations that illustrate each Law of motion.
  42. Nonrenewable energy sources - They should also be able to explain what a fossil fuel is made of and what three types of fossil fuel is present.
  43. Owl Pellets - Students will be able to examine owl pellets and what their diet consisted of, specifically rodents.
  44. Parts of the Cell - Explain the function of each part of a eukaryotic cell, through drawings on the board.
  45. Phases of Matter - To understand the three states of matter and the properties associated with each state.
  46. Planet Brochures - Looking at the solar system with the help of an Internet connection.
  47. Producing Sound - First the information is imparted and then an experiment is performed to reinforce the concept.
  48. Reproduction and Heredity - Students will compare and classify the reproduction and heredity of organisms.
  49. Rock Cycle - For the students to be able to label the parts of the rock cycle in good detail.
  50. Rocks and Minerals - Minerals have specific physical properties that allow us to identify them.
  51. Steps in the Scientific Method - The student will be able to apply all the steps in the scientific method to an experiment given to them by their teacher.
  52. Structure and Function of Body - Students will be able to understand the relationship that the sun and earth have as well as the moon and earth and be able to apply that knowledge into making predictions about the day and the seasons.
  53. Sun Supplies Atmosphere's Energy - Students will be able to identify the percentage of energy that is reflected and absorbed by the earth, clouds, and atmosphere and way this absorption and reflection is important to us.
  54. Temperatures Around the World - Students see how those temperatures changed throughout the seasons, and how the patterns of change differ depending on where in the word your are.
  55. The Greenhouse Effect - These gases form a layer which lets sunlight through, but traps the heat in.
  56. The Life Cycle of Plants - Students will be able to identify different stages of of plant life cycles.
  57. The Plant Kingdom - To learn what a plant is, the origin of plants, how plants live on land, and the plants life cycles.
  58. The Structure of an Atom - To investigate and understand the modern and historical models of atomic structure.
  59. The Thinking Cap - The brain processes information from the senses in different areas of the brain.
  60. Transfer of Heat - Students will be able to define conduction, insulators, convection and radiation.
  61. Types of Volcanic Landforms - Student groups become experts on one type of volcano and teach the class about their volcano.
  62. Using the Microscope - The students will do a series of measurements and manipulation to become more familiar with the microscope.
  63. Vascular System of Plants Lab - The goal is to observe how a vascular system distributes water and nutrients throughout a plant.
  64. Vertebrates I - The student will identity the organs of a frog.
  65. Wave Introduce/Review - Students will begin to understand (be introduced to) key concepts and vocabulary associated with electromagnetic waves.
  66. Weather Forecasting - To gain an understanding of how to forecast weather, the students will be able to use weather reports for their personal benefit.
  67. What Happens When You Eat? - To help students understand how food is digested in the human body.
  68. What's In a Cell - Students will gain an understanding that all animals have something in common--cells.
  69. What is Energy? - The student should gain a better understanding of the flow of energy in a food chain and be able to represent the natural world using a model.
  70. What is Inside a Cell? - In this lesson, students will gain an understanding of the components of a cell. They will match definitions of organelles with the organelle name, research the organelle's form and function, and contribute to a class drawing of a cell by depicting a specific organelle within the composite cell.
  71. What is Life Science? - Living things are described as being made of cells, having organization, and having the ability to grow, reproduce, and respond to stimuli.

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