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The left column states the SOL, the middle column provides a website that addresses the SOL, and the right column lists downloadable activities for your students.

PS.1     PS.2     PS.3     PS.4     PS.5     PS.6     PS.7     PS.8      PS.9     PS.10     PS.11

PS.1 The student will plan and conduct investigations in which:

a) chemicals and equipment are used safely


 
 

b) length, mass, volume, density, temperature, weight, and force are accurately measured and reported using metric units (SI—International System of Units);

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c) conversions are made among metric units, applying appropriate prefixes

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d) triple beam and electronic balances, thermometers, metric rulers, graduated cylinders, and spring scales are used to gather data

  Reading a Triple Beam Balance  

e) numbers are expressed in scientific notation where appropriate

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f) research skills are utilized using a variety of resources

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g) independent and dependent variables, constants, controls, and repeated trials are identified

●  SETUP's Car Comparison  

h) data tables showing the independent and dependent variables, derived quantities, and the number of trials are constructed and interpreted

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i) data tables for descriptive statistics showing specific measures of central tendency, the range of the data set, and the number of repeated trials are constructed and interpreted

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j) frequency distributions, scattergrams, line plots, and histograms are constructed and interpreted

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k) valid conclusions are made after analyzing data

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l) research methods are used to investigate practical problems and questions

●  BrainPop- Scientific Method
●  Scientific Experiments- Interactive Flowchart
●  Scientific Method Lab
●  Boil Water in Shockwave

 

m) experimental results are presented in appropriate written form

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n) an understanding of the nature of science is developed and reinforced.

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PS.2 The student will investigate and understand the basic nature of matter. Key concepts include:

a) the particle theory of matter

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b) elements, compounds, mixtures, acids, bases, and salts;


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c) solids, liquids, and gases

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d) characteristics of types of matter based on physical and chemical properties

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e) physical properties (shape, density, solubility, odor, melting point, boiling point, color)

●  Phases of Matter
●  Changing State Interactive with quiz
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f) chemical properties (acidity, basicity, combustibility, reactivity)

●  Acids & Bases  study & test
●  GEMS Alien Juice Bar
 

PS.3 The student will investigate and understand the modern and historical models of atomic structure. Key concepts include:   

a) the contributions of Dalton, Thomson, Rutherford, and Bohr in understanding the atom

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b) the modern model of atomic structure.

●  Jefferson Lab- All About Atoms
●  Build an Atom add Quarks, Neutrons, Protons, & Electrons
●  The Particle Adventure

●  Spectroscope of an Atom
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●  Build an Atom Model
 

PS.4 The student will investigate and understand the organization and use of the periodic table of elements to obtain information. Key concepts include:

a) symbols, atomic number, atomic mass, chemical families (groups), and periods

●  Chemical Elements- Interactive Periodic Table
●  Chemicool- Interactive Periodic Table
●  Creative Chemistry- Interactive Periodic Table
●  Scientific Calculator for Chemists
 

b) classification of elements as metals, metalloids, and nonmetals

●  Metal & Non-metal Chemical Properties  study & test
●  Metal & Non-metal Physical Properties  study & test
 

c) simple compounds (formulas and the nature of bonding)

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PS.5 The student will investigate and understand changes in matter and the relationship of these changes to the Law of Conservation of Matter and Energy. Key concepts include:

a) physical changes

●  States of Matter
●  Physical Changes  study & test
●  Solids, Liquids, & Gases activity, fact sheet, test, & worksheet
●  Changing Materials activity, fact sheet, test, & worksheet
●  Seperating Materials activity, fact sheet, test, & worksheet
 

b) nuclear reactions (products of fusion and fission and the effect of these products on humans and the environment)

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c) chemical changes (types of reactions, reactants, and products; and balanced equations).

●  Chemistry Simulations  PhET Simulations
●  Tutorial on Balancing Equations
●  Chemical Reactions  study & test
●  Element and Equation Quizzes
●  Molecule Magic match the chemical formula to the name
●  Types of Equations with practice from SciLinks/ NSTA
 

PS.6 The student will investigate and understand states and forms of energy and how energy is transferred and transformed. Key concepts include:

a) potential and kinetic energy

●  Bungee Jumper
●  Crossword Puzzle
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b) mechanical, chemical, and electrical energy

●  Electrical Conductors activity, fact sheet, test, & worksheet
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c) heat, light, and sound

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PS.7 The student will investigate and understand temperature scales, heat, and heat transfer. Key concepts include: 

a) Celsius and Kelvin temperature scales and absolute zero

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b) phase change, freezing point, melting point, boiling point, vaporization, and condensation

●  A Heating Experiment
●  Heat & Thermo  PhET Simulations
 

c) conduction, convection, and radiation

●  Thermal Conductors activity, fact sheet, test, & worksheet  

d) applications of heat transfer (heat engines, thermostats, refrigeration, and heat pumps)

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PS.8 The student will investigate and understand characteristics of sound and technological applications of sound waves. Key concepts include:

a) wavelength, frequency, speed, and amplitude

●  Sound activity, fact sheet, test, & worksheet
●  Sound  study & test
●  Changing Sounds  Interactive with quiz
●  Sound and Hearing  Interactive with quiz
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b) resonance

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c) the nature of mechanical waves

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d) technological applications of sound

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PS.9 The student will investigate and understand the nature and technological applications of light. Key concepts include:     

a) the wave behavior of light (reflection, refraction, diffraction, and interference)

●  Light activity, fact sheet, test, & worksheet
●  Light  study & test
●  How We See Things  Interactive and quiz
 

b) images formed by lenses and mirrors

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c) the electromagnetic spectrum

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PS.10 The student will investigate and understand scientific principles and technological applications of work, force, and motion. Key concepts include:   

a) speed, velocity, and acceleration

● Motion Madness matching, concentration, word search
●  Motion Animations with graphs and tasks
●  Friction  Tutorial & Quiz
●  All About Forces  Tutorial & Quiz
●  Push  jump Fonzie over the sharks
●  Stop  drive a vehicle
●  Motion  PhET Simulations
●  Forces in Action  Interactive and Quiz
●  Forces and Movement  Interactive with quiz
●  Roller Coaster WebQuest - Save Appalachian Gardens

b) Newton’s laws of motion

●  Balanced & Unbalanced Forces  

c) work, force, mechanical advantage, efficiency, and power

●  Forces & Motion  study & test
●  Friction  Interactive with Quiz

●  Forces: Gravity/Friction activity, fact sheet, test, & worksheet
●  Forces: Springs/Direction activity, fact sheet, test, & worksheet
●  Work, Energy & Power  PhET Simulations
 

d) applications (simple machines, compound machines, powered vehicles, rockets, and restraining devices)

●  Motion, Forces & Simple Machines Quiz
●  Ed Heads- Simple Machines
●  Simple & Complex Machines
●  Mechanical Mission Game
●  Simple Machines Crossword Puzzle (follow the directions)
●  Simple Machines Matching Game
●  Simple Machines Identification Game

●  The Essence Simple Machines
●  Simple Machines- Wicked Quiz It
 

PS.11 The student will investigate and understand basic principles of electricity and magnetism. Key concepts include:

a) static electricity, current electricity, and circuits

●  Electricity  study & test
●  Circuit Construction Kit PhET Simulations- Electricty, Magnets & Circuits
●  Using Electricity  Interactive with quiz
●  Changing Circuits  Interactive with quiz
●  Circuits and Conductors  Interactive with quiz
 

b) magnetic fields and electromagnets

●  Force: Magnetism activity, fact sheet, test, & worksheet
●  Magnetism  study & test
●  Magnets  Interactive with quiz
 

c) motors and generators

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Assessments

  Quia 8th Grade SOL Science  
Texas 8th Grade 2006 Science Test    
     

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Eighth Grade Science Standards of Learning

PS.1 The student will plan and conduct investigations in which:

a) chemicals and equipment are used safely;

b) length, mass, volume, density, temperature, weight, and force are accurately measured and reported using metric units (SI—International System of Units);

c) conversions are made among metric units, applying appropriate prefixes;

d) triple beam and electronic balances, thermometers, metric rulers, graduated cylinders, and spring scales are used to gather data;

e) numbers are expressed in scientific notation where appropriate;

f) research skills are utilized using a variety of resources;

g) independent and dependent variables, constants, controls, and repeated trials are identified;

h) data tables showing the independent and dependent variables, derived quantities, and the number of trials are constructed and interpreted;

i) data tables for descriptive statistics showing specific measures of central tendency, the range of the data set, and the number of repeated trials are constructed and interpreted;

j) frequency distributions, scattergrams, line plots, and histograms are constructed and interpreted;

k) valid conclusions are made after analyzing data;

l) research methods are used to investigate practical problems and questions;

m) experimental results are presented in appropriate written form; and

n) an understanding of the nature of science is developed and reinforced.

PS.2 The student will investigate and understand the basic nature of matter. Key concepts include:

a) the particle theory of matter;

b) elements, compounds, mixtures, acids, bases, and salts;

c) solids, liquids, and gases;

d) characteristics of types of matter based on physical and chemical properties;

e) physical properties (shape, density, solubility, odor, melting point, boiling point, color); and

f) chemical properties (acidity, basicity, combustibility, reactivity).

PS.3 The student will investigate and understand the modern and historical models of atomic structure. Key concepts include:

a) the contributions of Dalton, Thomson, Rutherford, and Bohr in understanding the atom; and

b) the modern model of atomic structure.

PS.4 The student will investigate and understand the organization and use of the periodic table of elements to obtain information. Key concepts include:

a) symbols, atomic number, atomic mass, chemical families (groups), and periods;

b) classification of elements as metals, metalloids, and nonmetals; and

c) simple compounds (formulas and the nature of bonding).

PS.5 The student will investigate and understand changes in matter and the relationship of these changes to the Law of Conservation of Matter and Energy. Key concepts include:

a) physical changes;

b) nuclear reactions (products of fusion and fission and the effect of these products on humans and the environment); and c

) chemical changes (types of reactions, reactants, and products; and balanced equations).

PS.6 The student will investigate and understand states and forms of energy and how energy is transferred and transformed. Key concepts include:

a) potential and kinetic energy;

b) mechanical, chemical, and electrical energy; and

c) heat, light, and sound.

PS.7 The student will investigate and understand temperature scales, heat, and heat transfer. Key concepts include:

a) Celsius and Kelvin temperature scales and absolute zero;

b) phase change, freezing point, melting point, boiling point, vaporization, and condensation;

c) conduction, convection, and radiation; and

d) applications of heat transfer (heat engines, thermostats, refrigeration, and heat pumps).

PS.8 The student will investigate and understand characteristics of sound and technological applications of sound waves. Key concepts include:

a) wavelength, frequency, speed, and amplitude;

b) resonance; c) the nature of mechanical waves; and

d) technological applications of sound.

PS.9 The student will investigate and understand the nature and technological applications of light. Key concepts include:

a) the wave behavior of light (reflection, refraction, diffraction, and interference);

b) images formed by lenses and mirrors; and

c) the electromagnetic spectrum.

PS.10 The student will investigate and understand scientific principles and technological applications of work, force, and motion. Key concepts include:

a) speed, velocity, and acceleration;

b) Newton’s laws of motion;

c) work, force, mechanical advantage, efficiency, and power; and

d) applications (simple machines, compound machines, powered vehicles, rockets, and restraining devices).

PS.11 The student will investigate and understand basic principles of electricity and magnetism. Key concepts include:

a) static electricity, current electricity, and circuits;

b) magnetic fields and electromagnets; and

c) motors and generators.  

 

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