The following learning targets represent the skills and concepts that are at the core of 8th grade science curriculm and will be assessed throughout the year. All graded assessments will be linked to these targets.
The student will be able to...
1. Make detailed observations using their senses as well as the
tools of the modern scientist. Includes observations made with our five senses (seeing, feeling,
hearing, tasting, smelling) and those made with scientific tools (microscope, balance, etc.). Taking accurate
measurments is an important part of making observations.
2. Communicate accurate information in order to share
observations, procedures, and results. Students can communicate their observations verbally, in
writing, or with pictures. Graphs, charts, maps, diagrams, and visual demonstrations are useful in communication.
3. Classify objects based on student observations. Arranging objects according to
simularities, differences, or how they interrelate to one another. Some classification systems are simple and some are very complex.
4. Interpret information and make inferences. Inferences are assumptions we make
based on our observations. Example: "Dogs bark at strangers" is an observation.
"Dogs bark at strangers because they are protecting their family" is an inference.
5. Modify inferences based on experimentation and additional
observations. Inferences can be modified or even rejected in favor of new inferences when further observations are
available. Example: "My dog barks to protect me but he also barks to let me know when he needs to go outside" is a modified
6. Make predictions based on observations and inferences. Design
experiments to test a hypothesis. Predictions are what we expect to observe in the future based on
current observations and past experiences. Predictions are based on logical reasoning and can be supported with experiments.
Example: "I predict my dog will bark at the new mailman tomorrow because he always barks at strangers who approach the house".
Can you design an experiment to support this prediction?
Teaching the Science Process Skills - for anyone who wants to "read the research"