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8th Grade Science

by Oklahoma State School Boards Assoc

This course material is only available in the iTunes U app on iPhone or iPad.

Course Description

Students in middle school develop understanding of key concepts to help them make sense of the life sciences. These ideas build upon students’ science understanding from earlier grades and from the disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts of other experiences with physical and Earth sciences. There are five life science topics in middle school: (1) Structure, Function, and Information Processing; (2) Growth, Development, and Reproduction of Organisms; (3) Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems; (4) Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems; and (5) Natural Selection and Adaptations. The performance expectations in middle school blend core ideas with science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts to support students in developing useable knowledge across the science disciplines. While the performance expectations in middle school life sciences couple practices with specific disciplinary core ideas, instructional decisions should include the use of many science and engineering practices integrated in the performance expectations.

This course is meant to be used to easily access a variety of content digital resources personally curated by Oklahoma science teachers.  Lesson plans, hands-on activities, applications, videos, digital textbooks, websites, and interactive activities have been researched and tested for classroom use.  These resources can be used to supplement classroom resources and encourage engagement from students.

If you have any questions, see links that no longer work, have suggestions for new resources, or would like to contribute to this resource please contact the science content manager, Chanda Peters at


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