8th Grade Physical Science Benchmarks
[Constructing and Reflecting] [Life Science] [Physical Science] [Earth Science]
What do you want students to:
know, do, be like?
How will you know if benchmarks have been achieved?
What possible instructional resources
could be used?
Students should master these:
Introduction to Matter: Labs & Activities
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Print Material:

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Field Trips:

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IRC Activities:

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Units of Practice:
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IV.1.MS.1 Describe & compare objects in terms of mass, volume, and density.

Students will:

  • Measure the following physical properties of matter: volume, mass, and density
  • Identify differences in the densities of objects that have the same volume (For example, a brick versus a piece of wood of the same size Ñ the brick is more dense because it has more matter [stuff] in the same amount of space)
IV.1.MS.2 Explain when length, mass, weight, density, area, volume or temperature are appropriate to describe the properties of an object or substance.

Students will:

  • Construct a table of physical properties of matter, the units used to describe each property, and the tools used to measure each property
  • Use the appropriate tools to measure the size of an object and the amount of a substance in the object
IV.1.MS.3 Classify substances as elements, compounds, or mixtures and justify classifications in terms of atoms and molecules.

Students will:

  • Classify substances as elements, compounds, or mixtures
  • Justify their classifications in terms of atoms and molecules.
IV.1.MS.4 Describe the arrangement and motion of molecules in solids, liquids, and gases.

Students will:

  • Describe correctly the arrangement and motion of molecules in states of matter:
    • solids
    • liquids
    • gases

IV.2.MS.1 Describe common physical changes in matter: evaporation, condensation, sublimation, thermal expansion and contraction.

Students will:

  • Describe the following physical changes in matter:
    • Evaporation
    • Condensation
    • Sublimation
    • Thermal expansion
    • Contraction
IV.2.MS.2 Describe common chemical changes in terms of properties of reactants and products.

Students will:

  • Observe and describe that all chemical changes begin with original substances that are called reactants
IV.2.MS.3 Explain physical changes in terms of the arrangement and motion of atoms and molecules.

Students will:

  • Identify and explain physical changes that occur when a substance changes size, shape, or state of matter (e.g., solid, liquid, gas)

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Last Revised: Thu, Feb 5, 2004