Mississippi Standards 8th Grade Science Activities
Printable Eighth Grade Science Worksheets and Study Guides.
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MS.1. Inquiry: Draw conclusions from scientific investigations including controlled experiments.
1.c. Summarize data to show the cause and effect relationship between qualitative and quantitative observations (using standard, metric, and non-standard units of measurement). (DOK 3)
1.c.1. Tools (e.g., English rulers , metric rulers [to the nearest millimeter], thermometers, scales, hand lenses, microscopes, balances, clocks, calculators, anemometers, rain gauges, barometers, hygrometers, telescopes, compasses, spring scales, pH indicators, stopwatches, graduated cylinders, medicine droppers)
1.c.2. Types of data (e.g., linear measures, mass, volume, temperature, area, perimeter)
1.d. Analyze evidence that is used to form explanations and draw conclusions. (DOK 3)
1.g. Justify a scientist's need to revise conclusions after encountering new experimental evidence that does not match existing explanations. (DOK 3)
MS.2. Physical Science: Apply concepts relating to an understanding of chemical and physical changes, interactions involving energy, and forces that affect motion of objects.
2.a. Identify patterns found in chemical symbols, formulas, reactions, and equations that apply to the law of conservation of mass. (DOK 1)
2.a.1. Chemical symbols and chemical formulas of common substances such as NaCl (table salt), H20 (water), C6H12O6 (sugar), O2 (oxygen gas), CO2 (carbon dioxide), and N2 (nitrogen gas)
2.a.3. Balanced chemical equations such as photosynthesis and respiration
2.b. Predict the properties and interactions of given elements using the periodic table of the elements. (DOK 2)
2.b.1. Metals and nonmetals
2.b.2. Acids and bases
2.b.3. Chemical changes in matter (e.g., rusting , combustion [fast oxidation], food spoilage)
2.c. Distinguish the motion of an object by its position, direction of motion, speed, and acceleration and represent resulting data in graphic form in order to make a prediction. (DOK 2)
2.d. Relate how electrical energy transfers through electric circuits, generators, and power grids, including the importance of contributions from Mississippi companies. (DOK 2)
2.d.1. The Electrical Power Products Division of Howard Industries, a leading manufacturer of electrical distribution equipment in such locations as Laurel and Ellisville, MS
2.d.2. Kuhlman Electric Corporation, located in Crystal Springs, MS
2.e. Contrast various components of the electromagnetic spectrum (e.g., infrared, visible light, ultraviolet) and predict their impacts on living things. (DOK 2)
2.f. Recognize Newton's Three Laws of Motion and identify situations that illustrate each law (e.g., inertia, acceleration, action, reaction forces).(DOK 2)
MS.3. Life Science: Compare and contrast the structure and functions of the cell, levels of organization of living things, basis of heredity, and adaptations that explain variations in populations.
3.a. Analyze how adaptations to a particular environment (e.g., desert, aquatic, high altitude) can increase an organism's survival and reproduction and relate organisms and their ecological niches to evolutionary change and extinction. (DOK 3)
3.b. Compare and contrast the major components and functions of different types of cells. (DOK 2)
3.b.1. Differences in plant and animal cells
3.b.2. Structures (nucleus, cytoplasm, cell membrane, cell wall, mitochondrion, and nuclear membrane)
3.b.3. Different types of cells and tissues (e.g., epithelial, nerve, bone, blood, muscle)
3.c. Describe how viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites may infect the human body and interfere with normal body functions. (DOK 1)
3.d. Describe heredity as the passage of instructions from one generation to another and recognize that hereditary information is contained in genes, located in the chromosomes of each cell. (DOK 2)
3.d.1. How traits are passed from parents to offspring through pairs of genes
3.d.2. Phenotypes and genotypes
3.d.3. Hierarchy of DNA, genes, and chromosomes and their relationship to phenotype
3.d.4. Punnett square calculations
3.e. Explain energy flow in a specified ecosystem. (DOK 2)
3.e.1. Populations, communities, and habitats
3.e.2. Niches, ecosystems and biomes
3.e.3. Producers, consumers and decomposers in an ecosystem
3.g. Research and draw conclusions about the use of single-celled organisms in industry, in the production of food, and impacts on life. (DOK 3)
3.h. Describe how an organism gets energy from oxidizing its food and releasing some of its energy as heat. (DOK 1)
MS.4. Earth and Space Science: Describe the Earth's System in terms of its position to objects in the universe, structure and composition, climate, and renewable and nonrenewable resources.
4.a. Compare and contrast the lithosphere and the asthenosphere. (DOK 1)
4.a.3. How the lithosphere responds to tectonic forces (faulting and folding)
4.b. Describe the cause and effect relationship between the composition of and movement within the Earth's lithosphere. (DOK 1)
4.b.1. Seismic wave velocities of earthquakes and volcanoes to lithospheric plate boundaries using seismic data
4.b.2. Volcanoes formed at mid-ocean ridges, within intra-plate regions, at island arcs, and along some continental edges
4.b.3. Modern distribution of continents to the movement of lithospheric plates since the formation of Pangaea
4.c. Examine weather forecasting and describe how meteorologists use atmospheric features and technology to predict the weather. (DOK 2)
4.c.1. Temperature, precipitation, wind (speed/direction), dew point, relative humidity, and barometric pressure
4.c.2. How the thermal energy transferred to the air results in vertical and horizontal movement of air masses, Coriolis effect
4.c.3. Global wind patterns (e.g., trade winds, westerlies, jet streams)
4.c.4. Satellites and computer modeling
4.d. Research the importance of the conservation of renewable and nonrenewable resources, including (but not limited to) Mississippi, and justify methods that might be useful in decreasing the human impact on global warming. (DOK 3)
4.d.1. Greenhouse gases
4.d.2. The effects of the human population
4.d.3. Relationships of the cycles of water, carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen
4.e. Explain how the tilt of Earth's axis and the position of the Earth in relation to the sun determine climatic zones, seasons, and length of the days. (DOK 2)
4.f. Describe the hierarchical structure (stars, clusters, galaxies, galactic clusters) of the universe and examine the expanding universe to include its age and history and the modern techniques (e.g., radio, infrared, ultraviolet and X-ray astronomy) used to measure objects and distances in the universe). (DOK 2)
4.h. Justify why an imaginary hurricane might or might not hit a particular area, using important technological resources including (but not limited to) the following: (DOK 2)
4.h.1. John C. Stennis Space Center Applied Research and Technology Project Office in Hancock County
4.h.2. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
4.h.3. The National Weather Service
MS.CC.RST.6-8. Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects
Craft and Structure
RST.6-8.4. Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
RST.6-8.7. Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
RST.6-8.9. Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.
MS.CC.WHST.6-8. Writing Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects
Production and Distribution of Writing
WHST.6-8.4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Research to Build and Present Knowledge
WHST.6-8.7. Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
Text Types and Purposes
WHST.6-8.1. Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.
WHST.6-8.1(e) Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
WHST.6-8.2. Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.
WHST.6-8.2(a) Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories as appropriate to achieving purpose; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
WHST.6-8.2(f) Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.
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