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Table 1.

North Carolina Standard Course of Study Objectives for 8th Grade Science addressed by the “STOP” curriculum.

Essential Standards, 6–8 ScienceHow Curriculum Addresses Standard
Overarching Standard: Science as Inquiry Exercises include brainstorming, collecting and combining novel data, and revisiting the topic based on new findings. 
8.E.1 Understanding the hydrosphere and the impact of humans on local systems and the effects of the hydrosphere on humans
• 8.E.1.3 Predict the safety and potablity of water supplies in North Carolina based on physical and biological factors
• 8.E.1.4 Conclude that the good health of humans requires (Monitoring of the hydrosphere/ Water quality standards/ Methods of water treatment / Maintaining safe water quality/ Stewardship) 
Analysis of microbial contents of a local body of water (e.g., Lake Norman, Davidson, NC)

Detecting bacteria in water, methods for treating and purifying water, understanding the need for water quality advocacy 
8.P.1 Understand the properties of matter and changes that occur when matter interacts in an open and closed container
• 8.P1.3 Compare physical changes such as size, shape, and state to chemical changes that are the result of a chemical reaction to include changes in temperature, color, formation of a gas or precipitate 
Studying chemical reactivity via reactivity activity and formation of byproducts

Discussing suitability of bleach as a disinfectant vs. other technologies like UV sterilization 
8.L.1 Understand the hazards caused by agents of disease that affect living organisms
• 8.L.1.1 Summarize the basic characteristics of viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites relating to the spread, treatment, and prevention of disease. 
Introducing microbiology

Introducing how bacterially contaminated water can cause illness 
Essential Standards, 6–8 ScienceHow Curriculum Addresses Standard
Overarching Standard: Science as Inquiry Exercises include brainstorming, collecting and combining novel data, and revisiting the topic based on new findings. 
8.E.1 Understanding the hydrosphere and the impact of humans on local systems and the effects of the hydrosphere on humans
• 8.E.1.3 Predict the safety and potablity of water supplies in North Carolina based on physical and biological factors
• 8.E.1.4 Conclude that the good health of humans requires (Monitoring of the hydrosphere/ Water quality standards/ Methods of water treatment / Maintaining safe water quality/ Stewardship) 
Analysis of microbial contents of a local body of water (e.g., Lake Norman, Davidson, NC)

Detecting bacteria in water, methods for treating and purifying water, understanding the need for water quality advocacy 
8.P.1 Understand the properties of matter and changes that occur when matter interacts in an open and closed container
• 8.P1.3 Compare physical changes such as size, shape, and state to chemical changes that are the result of a chemical reaction to include changes in temperature, color, formation of a gas or precipitate 
Studying chemical reactivity via reactivity activity and formation of byproducts

Discussing suitability of bleach as a disinfectant vs. other technologies like UV sterilization 
8.L.1 Understand the hazards caused by agents of disease that affect living organisms
• 8.L.1.1 Summarize the basic characteristics of viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites relating to the spread, treatment, and prevention of disease. 
Introducing microbiology

Introducing how bacterially contaminated water can cause illness 

North Carolina Standard Course of Study Objectives for 8th Grade Science from http://www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/science/scos/

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