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8th Grade Science Online Interactive Activities

These activities support the 8th Grade Science Textbook.

Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4

Chapter 1 - Matter

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Play with fire!
This interactive explores the chemical reactions involved in combustion

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States of Matter
This interactive shows the relationship between energy and phases of matter.

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Balancing Act
See that there must be the same number and kinds of atoms on both sides of a chemical reaction by balancing simple chemical equations.
Reactants, Products and Leftovers
Play with reactants, products, and leftovers.
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Chapter 2 - Energy

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This interactive about photosynthesis includes leaf anatomy and has good information on the reactants and products of photosynthesis.
This is a photosynthesis simulation.
Photosynthesis and Respiration Game
This is a multi-level photosynthesis and respiration game.

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Ecology Lab
Students manipulate a food web and see the results.

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Footprint Calculator
This interactive from the Global Footprint Network has you input your life style and shows how many Earths it takes if everyone on the globe lived your same lifestyle.
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Chapter 3 - Earth

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Four Igneous Rocks
Interact with igneous rocks.
Animation of Metamorphic Rocks Forming
Interact with metamorphic rocks.
Animation of Clastic Sedimentary Rocks Forming
Interact with sedimentary rocks.

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Rock Cycle
This interactive teaches about the three types of rocks and how they form in the rock cycle.
The Rock Cycle
Students click on the different rock types and choose which direction they will take in the rock cycle.
Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Rocks
Interactive animation of the rock cycle.
Ages of Rock Layers
Experience the rock layers of the Grand Canyon.

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Layers of Time
In this simulation, students move rock layers and fossils to various heights and try to create a geologic rock column.

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USGS Earthquake Map
From the United States Geological Survey (USGS) this website lets students explore recent earthquakes (within the last 7 days) that have occurred around the globe.
Students look at seismograph data and calculate the time interval between the two waves to triangulate the origin of the earthquake.
Engineering for Earthquakes
Simulate engineering for earthquakes.
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Chapter 4 - Motion

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Sources of Radiation
This interactive explores sources of man-made and natural radiation.

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Power Play
Students create use simple machines to create Rube Goldberg Devices.
Simple and Complex Machines
Students help Harry, a brown hairy creature, and Pic, a green pickle, use simple machines to build pyramids.
Simple Machines
Go go to different rooms in a house and a shed and identify the simple machines in there.
Fantastic Contraption
Connect simple machines to move a pink ball to the goal.
Balancing Act
Students manipulate masses on a first class lever.
Roller Coaster Ride Builder
Construct a roller coaster from a limited assortment of pieces.