8.MS-ESS: Earth and Space Sciences

8.MS-ESS1: Earth’s Place in the Universe

8.MS-ESS1-1b: Develop and use a model of the Earth-Sun system to explain the cyclical pattern of seasons, which includes the Earth’s tilt and differential intensity of sunlight on different areas of Earth across the year.

2D Eclipse
3D Eclipse
Moonrise, Moonset, and Phases
Phases of the Moon
Seasons Around the World
Seasons in 3D
Seasons: Earth, Moon, and Sun
Seasons: Why do we have them?
Summer and Winter

8.MS-ESS1-2: Explain the role of gravity in ocean tides, the orbital motions of planets, their moons, and asteroids in the solar system.

Gravity Pitch
Solar System
Solar System Explorer

8.MS-ESS2: Earth’s Systems

8.MS-ESS2-1: Use a model to illustrate that energy from the Earth’s interior drives convection which cycles Earth’s crust leading to melting, crystallization, weathering, and deformation of large rock formations, including generation of ocean sea floor at ridges, submergence of ocean sea floor at trenches, mountain building, and active volcanic chains.

Carbon Cycle
Cell Energy Cycle
Plate Tectonics
Rock Cycle

8.MS-ESS2-5: Interpret basic weather data to identify patterns in air mass interactions and the relationship of those patterns to local weather.

Coastal Winds and Clouds - Metric
Hurricane Motion - Metric
Weather Maps - Metric

8.MS-ESS3: Earth and Human Activity

8.MS-ESS3-1: Analyze and interpret data to explain that the Earth’s mineral and fossil fuel resources are unevenly distributed as a result of geologic processes.

Carbon Cycle

8.MS-ESS3-5: Examine and interpret data to describe the role that human activities have played in causing the rise in global temperatures over the past century.

Carbon Cycle
Greenhouse Effect - Metric

8.MS-LS: Life Science

8.MS-LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

8.MS-LS1-5: Construct an argument based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.

Fast Plants® 1 - Growth and Genetics
Growing Plants
Measuring Trees
Seed Germination
Temperature and Sex Determination - Metric

8.MS-LS1-7: Use informational text to describe that food molecules, including carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, are broken down and rearranged through chemical reactions forming new molecules that support cell growth and/or release of energy.

Cell Energy Cycle
Dehydration Synthesis
Digestive System

8.MS-LS3: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits


8.MS-LS3-1: Develop and use a model to describe that structural changes to genes (mutations) may or may not result in changes to proteins, and if there are changes to proteins there may be harmful, beneficial, or neutral changes to traits.

Evolution: Mutation and Selection
Genetic Engineering
Human Karyotyping

8.MS-LS3-2: Construct an argument based on evidence for how asexual reproduction results in offspring with identical genetic information and sexual reproduction results in offspring with genetic variation. Compare and contrast advantages and disadvantages of asexual and sexual reproduction.

Chicken Genetics
Fast Plants® 1 - Growth and Genetics
Fast Plants® 2 - Mystery Parent
Mouse Genetics (One Trait)
Mouse Genetics (Two Traits)

8.MS-LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

8.MS-LS4-4: Use a model to describe the process of natural selection, in which genetic variations of some traits in a population increase some individuals’ likelihood of surviving and reproducing in a changing environment. Provide evidence that natural selection occurs over many generations.

Evolution: Mutation and Selection
Evolution: Natural and Artificial Selection
Natural Selection
Rainfall and Bird Beaks - Metric

8.MS-LS4-5: Synthesize and communicate information about artificial selection, or the ways in which humans have changed the inheritance of desired traits in organisms.

Evolution: Natural and Artificial Selection
GMOs and the Environment
Genetic Engineering

8.MS-PS: Physical Science

8.MS-PS1: Matter and Its Interactions

8.MS-PS1-1: Develop a model to describe that (a) atoms combine in a multitude of ways to produce pure substances which make up all of the living and nonliving things that we encounter, (b) atoms form molecules and compounds that range in size from two to thousands of atoms, and (c) mixtures are composed of different proportions of pure substances.

Dehydration Synthesis

8.MS-PS1-2: Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.

Chemical Changes

8.MS-PS1-4: Develop a model that describes and predicts changes in particle motion, relative spatial arrangement, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.

Melting Points
Phase Changes
Phases of Water
Temperature and Particle Motion

8.MS-PS1-5: Use a model to explain that atoms are rearranged during a chemical reaction to form new substances with new properties. Explain that the atoms present in the reactants are all present in the products and thus the total number of atoms is conserved.

Balancing Chemical Equations
Chemical Changes
Chemical Equations

8.MS-PS2: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

8.MS-PS2-1: Develop a model that demonstrates Newton’s third law involving the motion of two colliding objects.

Crumple Zones

8.MS-PS2-2: Provide evidence that the change in an object’s speed depends on the sum of the forces on the object (the net force) and the mass of the object.

Crumple Zones
Fan Cart Physics
Force and Fan Carts
Free-Fall Laboratory

8.MS-ETS: Technology/Engineering

8.MS-ETS2: Materials, Tools, and Manufacturing

8.MS-ETS2-4(MA): Use informational text to illustrate that materials maintain their composition under various kinds of physical processing; however, some material properties may change if a process changes the particulate structure of a material.

Density Experiment: Slice and Dice

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