Texas Grade 8

New and expanded TEKS for grade 8 science cover everything from Newton's laws to topographic maps. We have assembled a suite of student components, including videos, interactivities, and lessons for each and every new or expanded grade 8 science TEKS. Correlated to the "5 E" model of Engage/Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate, our materials provide your students with the knowledge and skills they need to master the TEKS while teacher components provide background and teacher support.

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Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe Video: Reaching into Deep Space

Go with the Untamed Science crew to McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis, Texas as they explore the universe using telescopes and spectroscopy. This video is a great introduction to TEKS 8C, which requires students to explore how the electromagnetic spectrum is used to gain information about distances and properties of components in the universe.

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Chemical Reactions Interactivity: Will It React?

You probably don't want your students dropping sodium into water in your classroom, but in the virtual lab it helps reinforce the TEKS 5B and 5C concepts of chemical properties and periodic trends.

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Weather Interactivity: Predicting the Weather

Students can play meteorologist with this TEKS 10B interactivity in which they learn how to interpret weather maps and then use a weather map to predict the weather.

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Earth Interactivity: Placing a Bay Area Stadium

TEKS 9C requires students to interpret topographic maps and satellite images. In this interactivity, students interpret a GIS-style map to choose a safe and accessible location for a new sports stadium in the Bay Area.

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Nature of Science Teacher Background: Safety in the Science Lab

This document explains what's new in TEKS 4B. It also provides a content refresher, suggestions for activating prior knowledge, and the exact locations of questions that assess student understanding.

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Nature of Science Lab: Properties of Molecular Compounds

As required by TEKS 4B, students use chemical splash goggles, lab apron, and gloves in this experiment in which they observe the melting of sodium chloride and sugar using a Bunsen burner. They then relate the relative melting points of these two compounds with their identity as a molecular or ionic compound.