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8th Grade Learning Targets

Students and Parents, 

State testing is here!!! Students in grade 7 will take ELA and math. Students in grade 8 will take ELA, math and science. Science and math starts April 25 for the Middle School. 



Newest Learning Targets

  1. Compare the relative strengths of magnets by comparing the load they can lift.
  2. Use data collected to compare magnets of different shapes. 
  3. Review force diagrams and Punnett squares on Study Island.
  4. Predict how friction and gravity influence the motion of objects.
  5. Draw and label arrows to represent forces acting on an object
  6. Distinguish the difference between contact and noncontact forces.
Past Learning Targets
  1. Distinguish the features of Earth's core, mantle, and crust. 
  2. Explain how earthquakes, volcanoes, and continental drift support the theory of plate tectonics.
  3. Explain how sea floor spreading links continental drift with the theory of plate tectonics.
  4. Categorize heat transfer as either radiation, convection, or conduction.
  5. Discover how convection currents cause slabs of Earth's crust to move.
  6. Understand how density and temperature drive convection currents.
  7. Explain how glacier mold a landscape.
  8. Discover the many types of erosion.
  9. Analyze seismic waves for P waves, S waves, and surface waves.
  10. Distinguish the features of data from a seismograph.
  11. Locate the epicenter of an earthquake.
  12. Distinguish the terms erosion and deposition.
  13. Explain how waves cause erosion and deposition.
  14. Describe the process of glaciers forming and moving.
  15. Explain how glaciers cause erosion and deposition.
  16. Use a topographic map to describe and recognize changes to a landscape caused by erosion.
  17. Discover Darwin’s hypothesis.
  18. Explain what natural selection is.
  19. Show how fossils help tell the story of how species change and of extinction events.
  20. State the factors that need to exist for natural selection.
  21. Discover the factors that increase genetic diversity.
  22. Research adaptations that organisms have to help them survive and reproduce. 
  23. Identify and state examples of the patterns of natural selection.
  24. Create an animal that evolved from an original population.
  25. Explain how your animal goes through natural selection.
  26. Explain the difference between sexual and asexual reproduction.
  27. State why animals need to reproduce.
  28. Describe the difference between internal and external fertilization.
  29. Distinguish the difference between genotype, and phenotype.
  30. Distinguish the difference between homozygous and heterozygous.
  31. Apply the four steps to solve genetics word problems. 
  32. Use punnett squares to predict the traits of the offspring of Spongebob characters.
  33. Participate in a genetics game.