M/J Comprehensive Science 3 – Grade 8

Credits: 1
Estimated Completion Time: 2 segments / 32-36 weeks
Earliest Start Date: November 2018


This course is recommended for students in 8th grade. There are no prerequisites for the M/J Comprehensive Science 3 course.


MJ Comprehensive Science 3 is the third in a series of three consecutive middle school science classes. It builds on concepts introduced in the first and second courses of the series, including the disciplines of life science, physical science, and earth-space science. In addition, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts are integrated throughout the course. Students learn about properties of matter, physical and chemical changes, atoms and the periodic table of elements, photosynthesis and cellular respiration, the universe, and the solar system. Hands-on and virtual laboratory investigations are included throughout the course to provide students opportunities for exploration through scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem solving, and experimental procedures. By the end of the course, students will be practicing, experimenting, thinking, and talking like a scientist!

Follow the link below for the Department of Education description for this course:

Regular course description: http://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewCourse/Preview/13074

Advanced course description: http://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewCourse/Preview/13075

Major Topics and Concepts


Module 01—Matter

  • Examples and Nonexamples of science
  • Pseudoscientific Ideas
  • Steps of the Scientific Method
  • Units of Measurements
  • Weight Versus Mass
  • Volume and Density
  • Physical Properties of Matter


Module 02—Changes in Matter

  • States of Matter
  • Physical and Chemical Changes
  • Conservation of Mass
  • Thermal Energy and Chemical Change
  • Scientific Models


Module 03—Elements and Compounds

  • Atomic Theory
  • The Periodic Table
  • Valence Electrons
  • Compounds
  • Acids, Bases, and Salts
  • Mixtures and Pure Substances
  • Advanced Predicting Severe Weather



Module 04—Cycles and Conservation

  • Science and Society
  • Photosynthesis
  • Cellular Respiration
  • The Carbon Cycle
  • Scientific Modeling


Module 05—The Universe

  • Space and the Universe
  • Galaxies
  • Stars
  • Solar Properties
  • Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Space Weather
  • Space Technology


Module 06—Our Solar System

  • Gravity
  • Our Solar System
  • Properties of Planets
  • Seasons
  • Tides
  • Eclipses
  • Moon Phases


Required Materials


Course Grading

Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, the course guides students to reflect on their learning and evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of practice lessons, multiple choice questions, writing assignments, projects, research papers, oral assessments, and discussions. This course will use the state-approved grading scale. Each course contains a mandatory final exam or culminating project that will be weighted at 20% of the student’s overall grade.***

***Proctored exams can be requested by FLVS at any time and for any reason in an effort to ensure academic integrity. When taking the exam to assess a student’s integrity, the exam must be passed with at least a 59.5% in order to earn credit for the course.

Communication Policy

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers; the minimum requirement is monthly. When teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

November 22 @ 02:25
02:25 — 03:25 (1h)


Kaaren Embertson, Mike Long, Patrick Kailey