Idaho State Standards for Science — Grade 8


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8.ES.1.1.1

Explain the scientific meaning of system, order, and organization.

8.ES.1.1.2

Apply the concepts of order and organization to a given system.

8.ES.1.2.1

Use observations and data as evidence on which to base scientific explanations

8.ES.1.2.2

Develop models to explain concepts or systems.

8.ES.1.2.3

Develop scientific explanations based on knowledge, logic, and analysis.

8.ES.1.3.1

Measure changes that can occur in and among systems.

8.ES.1.3.2

Analyze changes that can occur in and among systems

8.ES.1.3.3

Measure and calculate using the metric system

8.ES.1.6.1

Identify questions and concepts that guide scientific investigations

8.ES.1.6.2

Utilize the components of scientific problem solving to design, conduct, and communicate results of investigations.

8.ES.1.6.3

Use appropriate technology and mathematics to make investigations.

8.ES.1.6.4

Formulate scientific explanations and models using logic and evidence

8.ES.1.6.5

Analyze alternative explanations and models.

8.ES.1.6.6

Communicate and defend a scientific argument.

8.ES.1.6.7

Explain the differences among observations, hypotheses, and theories

8.ES.1.8.1

Analyze technical writing, graphs, charts, and diagrams

8.ES.4.1.1

Explain the current scientific theory that suggests that the solar system formed from a nebular cloud of dust and gas

8.ES.4.1.2

Identify methods used to estimate geologic time

8.ES.4.1.3

Show how interactions among the solid earth, oceans, atmosphere, and organisms have changed the earth system over time.

8.ES.4.2.1

Explain the internal and external energy sources of the earth

8.ES.5.1.1

Analyze environmental issues such as water and air quality, hazardous waste, and depletion of natural resources

8.ES.5.2.1

Explain how science advances technology.

8.ES.5.2.2

Explain how technology advances science

8.ES.5.2.3

Explain how science and technology are pursued for different purposes

8.ES.5.3.1

Describe the difference between renewable and nonrenewable resources

8.ES.Goal 1.1

Understand Systems, Order, and Organization

8.ES.Goal 1.2

Understand Concepts and Processes of Evidence, Models, and Explanations

8.ES.Goal 1.3

Understand Constancy, Change, and Measurement

8.ES.Goal 1.4

Understand the Theory that Evolution is a Process that Relates to the Gradual Changes in the Universe and of Equilibrium as a Physical State

8.ES.Goal 1.5

Understand Concepts of Form and Function

8.ES.Goal 1.6

Understand Scientific Inquiry and Develop Critical Thinking Skills

8.ES.Goal 1.7

Understand That Interpersonal Relationships Are Important in Scientific Endeavors

8.ES.Goal 1.8

Understand Technical Communication

8.ES.Goal 4.1

Understand Scientific Theories of Origin and Subsequent Changes in the Universe and Earth Systems

8.ES.Goal 4.2

Understand Geo-chemical Cycles and Energy in the Earth System

8.ES.Goal 5.1

Understand Common Environmental Quality Issues, Both Natural and Human Induced

8.ES.Goal 5.2

Understand the Relationship between Science and Technology

8.ES.Goal 5.3

Understand the Importance of Natural Resources and the Need to Manage and Conserve Them

8.PS.1.1.1

Explain the scientific meaning of system, order, and organization.

8.PS.1.1.2

Apply the concepts of order and organization to a given system.

8.PS.1.2.1

Use observations and data as evidence on which to base scientific explanations.

8.PS.1.2.2

Develop models to explain concepts or systems.

8.PS.1.2.3

Develop scientific explanations based on knowledge, logic, and analysis

8.PS.1.3.1

Measure changes that can occur in and among systems.

8.PS.1.3.2

Analyze changes that can occur in and among systems.

8.PS.1.3.3

Measure and calculate using the metric system

8.PS.1.6.1

Identify questions and concepts that guide scientific investigations

8.PS.1.6.2

Utilize the components of scientific problem solving to design, conduct, and communicate results of investigations

8.PS.1.6.3

Use appropriate technology and mathematics to make investigations

8.PS.1.6.4

Formulate scientific explanations and models using logic and evidence

8.PS.1.6.5

Analyze alternative explanations and models.

8.PS.1.6.6

Communicate and defend a scientific argument

8.PS.1.6.7

Explain the differences among observations, hypotheses, and theories

8.PS.1.8.1

Analyze technical writing, graphs, charts, and diagrams.

8.PS.2.2.1

Explain motion using Newtons Laws of Motion

8.PS.2.3.1

Explain that energy can be transformed but cannot be created nor destroyed

8.PS.2.3.2

Classify energy as potential and/or kinetic and as energy contained in a field

8.PS.2.4.1

Describe the properties, function, and location of protons, neutrons, and electrons

8.PS.2.4.2

Explain the processes of fission and fusion.

8.PS.2.4.3

Describe the characteristics of isotopes

8.PS.2.4.4

State the basic electrical properties of matter

8.PS.2.4.5

Describe the relationships between magnetism and electricity.

8.PS.2.5.1

Explain how chemical reactions may release or consume energy while the quantity of matter remains constant.

8.PS.5.2.1

Explain how science advances technology.

8.PS.5.2.2

Explain how technology advances science.

8.PS.5.2.3

Explain how science and technology are pursued for different purposes.

8.PS.Goal 1.1

Understand Systems, Order, and Organization

8.PS.Goal 1.2

Understand Concepts and Processes of Evidence, Models, and Explanations

8.PS.Goal 1.3

Understand Constancy, Change, and Measurement

8.PS.Goal 1.4

Understand the Theory that Evolution is a Process that Relates to the Gradual Changes in the Universe and of Equilibrium as a Physical State

8.PS.Goal 1.5

Understand Concepts of Form and Function

8.PS.Goal 1.6

Understand Scientific Inquiry and Develop Critical Thinking Skills

8.PS.Goal 1.7

Understand That Interpersonal Relationships Are Important in Scientific Endeavors

8.PS.Goal 1.8

Understand Technical Communication

8.PS.Goal 2.1

Understand the Structure and Function of Matter and Molecules and Their Interactions

8.PS.Goal 2.2

Understand Concepts of Motion and Forces

8.PS.Goal 2.3

Understand the Total Energy in the Universe is Constant

8.PS.Goal 2.4

Understand the Structure of Atoms

8.PS.Goal 2.5

Understand Chemical Reactions

8.PS.Goal 5.1

Understand Common Environmental Quality Issues, Both Natural and Human Induced

8.PS.Goal 5.2

Understand the Relationship between Science and Technology

8.PS.Goal 5.3

Understand the Importance of Natural Resources and the Need to Manage and Conserve Them