CareerStart lessons: Grade eight

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These lessons will help students understand how classroom lessons about technology, water quality and the hydrosphere, cell theory and plant respiration, microbiology, remote sensing, biological and geological evolution, and chemical processes are applicable to future careers.

The lessons address the following questions:

  • Lesson 1: Which career paths involve the study of science?
  • Lesson 2: How is technology defined?
  • Lesson 3: How can water quality be improved by the actions of various professionals and by the personal choices of community members?
  • Lesson 4: Why do plants need sunlight to carry on cell respiration and photosynthesis?
  • Lesson 5: What are the physical and functional characteristics of bacteria?
  • Lesson 6: How can satellite images be used to monitor the earth from space?
  • Lesson 7: How does geological change influence biological evolution?
  • Lesson 8: How do the properties of materials determine their uses?
  • Lesson 9: What effect does salt have on the freezing point of water?
  • Lesson 10: How can knowing the physical properties of a substance help to identify it?
Concept/Lesson Career Activity
1. Areas of science Various scientific disciplines Defining science vocabulary
2. Technology Various, including commercial and industrial designers, computer scientists, medical and clinical laboratory technologists, and aircraft engine manufacturers Identifying technological artifacts
3. Understanding water quality and the hydrosphere Storm water analysts, chemists, environmental consultants, and elected public officials Career sorting activity, stewardship poster-making
4. Cell theory and plant respiration Various, including botanists, foresters, and farmers Plant respiration lab
5. Microbiology Various health care professionals Lab: Bacteria in the environment
6. Geological evolution and remote sensing Various, including surveyors, cartographers, atmospheric scientists, civil engineers, and oceanographers Satellite image analysis
7. Biological evolution Various, including biological scientists, conservation scientists, elected officials, and environmental scientists Species survival handout
8. Chemistry (elecroplating) Chemists and metalworkers Electroplating lab
9. Chemistry Chemical engineers, environmental scientists, and hydrologists Lab: Salt and the freezing point of water
10. Identifying unknown substances Various, including forensic scientists Lab: Physical properties