8th Grade Earth Science Benchmarks
[Constructing and Reflecting] [ Life Science] [Physical Science] [Earth Science] [Health]
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:
Weather & Climate: Labs & Activities
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  • Multimedia Here

Print Material:

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Field Trips:

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IRC Activities:

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Units of Practice:
Each UOP, located on the Utica Learning Interchange (ULI), is developed by one of your colleagues, an experienced teacher, and exemplifies an approach to integrating technology into the teaching and learning process. Search the UOPs by Subject and Level or by Keyword.

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V.3.MS.1 Explain patterns of changing weather and how they are measured.

Students will:

  • Use weather maps and satellite images to detect weather patterns
  • Use weather maps and satellite images information to write weather predictions
  • Manipulate a variety of weather measuring instruments to measure temperature, wind speed and direction, cloud cover, humidity, dew point, amount of rainfall, and other weather phenomena
V.3.MS.2 Describe the composition and characteristics of the atmosphere.

Students will:

  • Explain the chemical composition of the atmosphere using molecular components like nitrogen, oxygen, water vapor and other gases
  • Describe the atmosphere using characteristics such as air pressure, temperature changes, and humidity
V.3.MS.3 Explain the behavior of water in the atmosphere.

Students will:

  • Investigate various forms of water in the atmosphere
  • Explain how water changes states as it moves through the water cycle by using the terms evaporation, condensation, and precipitation
V.3.MS.4 Describe health effects of polluted air.

Students will:

  • Research causes of natural pollution: pollen, carbon dioxide, ozone, sulfur dioxide, etc., and the effects these pollutants have on human health
  • Research man-made pollution: car exhaust, power plant emissions, industrial emissions, etc., and the effects these pollutants have on human health
  • Recommend solutions that will minimize the harmful effects of air pollutants on humans
V.4.MS.1 Compare the earth to other planets and moons in terms of supporting life.

Students will:

  • Compare Earth to other planets in the solar system
V.4.MS.2 Describe, compare, and explain the motions of solar system objects.

Students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the motion of major objects in our solar system, including the rotation, orbit, and revolution of planets, moons, and asteroids.
V.4.MS.3 Describe and explain common observations of the night skies.

Students will:

  • Diagram the phases of the Moon over time
  • Identify well-known constellations and stars

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Last Revised: Thu, Feb 5, 2004