These activities support the
8th Grade Science
Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4
Chapter 1 - Matter
Play with fire!
This interactive explores the chemical reactions involved in combustion
States of Matter
This interactive shows the relationship between energy and phases of matter.
See that there must be the same number and kinds of atoms on both sides of a chemical reaction by balancing simple chemical equations.
Chapter 2 - Energy
This interactive about photosynthesis includes leaf anatomy and has good information on the reactants and products of photosynthesis.
Students manipulate a food web and see the results.
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.
Chapter 3 - Earth
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.
Layers of Time
In this simulation, students move rock layers and fossils to various heights and try to create a geologic rock column.
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.
Chapter 4 - Motion
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.
Go go to different rooms in a house and a shed and identify the simple machines in there.