EVS course curriculum for Grade VIII for home tuitions has been introduced keeping the NCERT and CBSE syllabus in mind. The EVS home tutors teach it while going along with the school syllabus. Tentative session wise EVS course curriculum for class VIII is as following:
- Crop production
- Foods we get from animal sources
- Crop production: Soil preparation, selection of seeds, sowing, applying fertilizers, irrigation, weeding, harvesting and storage; nitrogen fixation, nitrogen cycle.
- Micro organisms – useful and harmful.
- Microscope, kit materials; information about techniques of food preservation.
- Materials in daily life
- Synthetic clothing materials. Other synthetic materials, especially plastics; usefulness of plastics and problems associated with their excessive use.
- Different kinds of materials and their reactions.
- Metals and non-metals.
- Combustion, flame, Fuels
- Conservation of biodiversity/wild life/ plants; zoos, sanctuaries, forest reserves etc. flora, fauna endangered species, red data book; endemic species, migration.
- Films on wild life, TV programmes. Discussio
- n on depletion of wild life
- Cell structure, plant and animal cells, use of stain to observe, cell organelles – nucleus, vacuole, chloroplast, cell membrane, cell wall.
- Sexual reproduction and endocrine system in animals, secondary sexual characters, reproductive health; internal and external fertilisation.
- Idea of force-push or pull; change in speed, direction of moving objects and shape of objects by applying force; contact and non-contact forces.
- Friction – factors affecting friction, sliding and rolling friction, moving; advantages and disadvantages of friction for the movement of automobiles, airplanes and boats/ships; increasing and reducing friction.
- Idea of pressure; pressure exerted by air/liquid; atmospheric pressure.
- Various types of sound; sources of sound; vibration as a cause of sound; frequency; medium for propagation of sound; idea of noise as unpleasant and unwanted sound and need to minimise noise.
- Electric current and circuits
- Water conducts electricity depending on presence/ absence of salt in it. Other liquids may or may not conduct electricity.
- Chemical effects of current.
- Basic idea of electroplating.
- Emission of gases from salt solution.
- Natural Phenomena
- Rain, thunder and lightning
- Clouds carry electric charge. Positive and negative charges, attraction and repulsion. Principle of lightning conductor.
- Laws of reflection.
- Characteristics of image formed with a plane mirror.
- Regular and diffused reflection. Reflection of light from an object to the eye.
- Multiple reflection.
- Dispersion of light.
- Structure of the eye
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