8th grade Science Standards

Grade 8 : Standard 5 - Biodiversity and Change

 GLE 0807.5.1 Identify various criteria used to classify organisms into groups.
 GLE 0807.5.2 Use a simple classification key to identify a specific organism.
 GLE 0807.5.3 Analyze how structural, behavioral, and physiological adaptations within a population enable it to survive in a given environment.
 GLE 0807.5.4 Explain why variation within a population can enhance the chances for group survival.
 GLE 0807.5.5 Describe the importance of maintaining the earth’s biodiversity.
 GLE 0807.5.6 Investigate fossils in sedimentary rock layers to gather evidence of changing life forms.
 SPI 0807.5.1 Use a simple classification key to identify an unknown organism.
 SPI 0807.5.2 Analyze structural, behavioral, and physiological adaptations to predict which populations are likely to survive in a particular environment
 SPI 0807.5.3 Analyze data on levels of variation within a population to make predictions about survival under particular environmental conditions.
 SPI 0807.5.4 Identify several reasons for the importance of maintaining the earth’s biodiversity.
 SPI 0807.5.5 Compare fossils found in sedimentary rock to determine their relative age.

Grade 8 : Standard 9 - Matter

 GLE 0807.9.1 Understand that all matter is made up of atoms.
 GLE 0807.9.2 Explain that matter has properties that are determined by the structure and arrangement of its atoms.
 GLE 0807.9.3 Interpret data from an investigation to differentiate between physical and chemical changes.
 GLE 0807.9.4 Distinguish among elements, compounds, and mixtures.
 GLE 0807.9.5 Apply the chemical properties of the atmosphere to illustrate a mixture of gases.
 GLE 0807.9.6 Use the periodic table to determine the characteristics of an element.
 GLE 0807.9.7 Explain the Law of Conservation of Mass.
 GLE 0807.9.8 Interpret the events represented by a chemical equation.
 GLE 0807.9.9 Explain the basic difference between acids and bases.
 SPI 0807.9.1 Recognize that all matter consists of atoms.
 SPI 0807.9.2 Identify the common outcome of all chemical changes.
 SPI 0807.9.3 Classify common substances as elements or compounds based on their symbols or formulas.
 SPI 0807.9.4 Differentiate between a mixture and a compound.
 SPI 0807.9.5 Describe the chemical makeup of the atmosphere.
 SPI 0807.9.6 Compare the particle arrangement and type of particle motion associated with different states of matter.
 SPI 0807.9.7 Apply an equation to determine the density of an object based on its mass and volume.
 SPI 0807.9.8 Interpret the results of an investigation to determine whether a physical or chemical change has occurred.
 SPI 0807.9.9 Use the periodic table to determine the properties of an element.
 SPI 0807.9.10 Identify the reactants and products of a chemical reaction.
 SPI 0807.9.11 Recognize that in a chemical reaction the mass of the reactants is equal to the mass of the products (Law of Conservation of Mass).
 SPI 0807.9.12 Identify the basic properties of acids and bases.

Grade 8 : Standard 12 - Forces in Nature

 GLE 0807.12.1 Investigate the relationship between magnetism and electricity.
 GLE 0807.12.2 Design an investigation to change the strength of an electromagnet.
 GLE 0807.12.3 Compare and contrast the earth’s magnetic field to that of a magnet and an electromagnet.
 GLE 0807.12.4 Identify factors that influence the amount of gravitational force between objects.
 GLE 0807.12.5 Recognize that gravity is the force that controls the motion of objects in the solar system.
 SPI 0807.12.1 Recognize that electricity can be produced using a magnet and wire coil.
 SPI 0807.12.2 Describe the basic principles of an electromagnet.
 SPI 0807.12.3 Distinguish among the Earth’s magnetic field, a magnet, and the fields that surround a magnet and an electromagnet.
 SPI 0807.12.4 Distinguish between mass and weight using appropriate measuring instruments and units.
 SPI 0807.12.5 Determine the relationship among the mass of objects, the distance between these objects, and the amount of gravitational attraction.
 SPI 0807.12.6 Illustrate how gravity controls the motion of objects in the solar system.