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Tennessee Science Standards for 8th Grade

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Check out Tennessee's science standards for 8th graders with this article. Increase your understanding of what students at this grade level are expected to learn.

8th Grade Science Standards

Tennessee requires students to focus on three separate areas of scientific study in the 8th grade. These include:

Life Science

8th grade students in Tennessee will have the chance to study plant and animal cells. They will explore the functions that cells carry out. They will also work on understanding how living organisms interact with each other and the environment around them. Students will focus on the role of matter and energy in the biosphere. Additionally, they will explore reproduction, heredity, biodiversity and natural selection.

Classroom time will be spent on classifying organisms, understanding classification keys and exploring the adaptations of different creatures. The importance of biodiversity will be addressed. Students will also have the chance to learn about fossils in this grade.

You can help students stay on track with their schooling with this Middle School Life Science Course. Kids can study ecosystems, parts of a cell and heredity at their own pace with fun, easy-to-understand lessons. Or, this course, along with the others, can be used to create lesson plans.

Earth and Space Science

Students will learn about the universe's basic structure. They will study the types of geological events that affect the Earth's surface. Time will also be spent learning about the characteristics and make-up of the atmosphere.

Working with this Middle School Earth Science Course can help students reinforce what they're being taught in class. These lessons allow kids to study the features of the Earth more in-depth.

Physical Science

The structure of matter will be addressed at this grade level. Students will learn about atoms, the properties of matter, elements, compounds and chemical changes. They will also explore the periodic table and laws related to mass. Acids and bases will be discussed in some detail. Children will also learn about different forms of energy and motion. Forces in nature are covered in 8th grade. Students will need to learn about gravitational forces, magnetism and electricity.

Students can get extra help with this subject by checking out these Middle School Chemistry and Middle School Physical Science courses. Working with these resources give students the chance to go over the forces at play in the physical world, how to use a periodic table and more.

Embedded Standards

The state of Tennessee also includes standards that deal with scientific understanding. These standards can be used throughout the school year. 8th graders will need to develop their scientific inquiry skills by investigating facts, using tools, recording data and drawing conclusions based on what they have discovered.

They will also learn more about the benefits of technology and engineering. This involves studying the ways we adapt technology to fill our needs. Time will also be set aside for exploring unintended consequences of scientific or technological progress.

Performance Indicators for Standards

In order to make sure that students are fully absorbing the information they're learning, the state of Tennessee has set up performance indicators. To give you an idea of what's included in this component, you can find examples below.

Students in this grade should be able to:

  • Use classification keys
  • Analyze a large amount of data about a variety of subjects
  • Compare information
  • Identify substances, compounds, mixtures, reactants, acids and bases
  • Find density and use the periodic table
  • Understand the production of electricity and electromagnets
  • Contrast weight and mass
  • Grasp the effects of gravity

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