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8th Grade

I can approximate irrational numbers with rational numbers.

I can work with radicals and integer exponents.

I can understand the connection between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations.

I can analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations.

I can define, evaluate, and compare functions.

I can use functions to model relationships between quantities.

I can understand congruence and similarity using physical models, transparencies, or geometry software.

I can understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem.

I can solve problems involving volume of cylinders, cones and spheres.

I can investigate patterns of association in bivariate data.

I can interpret data to describe the relationships of kinetic energy to the mass of an object and to the speed of an object

I can develop a model to illustrate that changing the distance of interacting objects affects the amount of potential energy that is stored in the system

I can apply scientific principles to design, construct, and test a device that either minimizes or maximizes thermal energy transfer

I can plan an investigation using temperature to determine the relationships among the energy transferred, the type of matter, the mass, and the change in the average kinetic energy of the particles

I can develop and present arguments to support the claim that when kinetic energy changes, energy is transferred to or from the object

I can apply and plan an investigation using Newton’s third law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects involving sum of forces and different accelerations

I can ask questions about data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces

I can apply the scientific research process to support the claim that gravitational interactions are attractive and depend on the masses of the interacting objects whether they are in contact or not

I can use mathematical representations to describe a simple model for waves that includes how the amplitude of a wave is related to energy

I can model how waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials

I can construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales

I can analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions

I can collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions

I can develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth causes patterns of implications on climate

I can develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons

I can develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.

I can independently read and understand text at an 8th grade level

I can use strong evidence from text to support ideas about the text’s theme and when comparing two or more story elements.

I can make inferences from a text

I can analyze how dialogue and incidents in a story move the plot forward, reveal character traits and bring about decisions.

I can determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and technical language.

I can analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities, differences and points of view, and reflect on how medium (text, written story, poetry, film) of the account impacts the portrayal of the subject.

I can understand and use 8th grade academic vocabulary.

I can write an opinion piece that includes an introduction that states a clear opinion, support that opinion (claim) with relevant facts, an alternate opinion (counterclaim), transition words between paragraphs and an ending section or statement that relates to the opinion.

I can write an informational or explanatory piece that introduces a topic with information grouped into paragraphs that include text features, precise vocabulary, facts, definitions and quotes transition words between sections, and ending with a statement or section that relates to the information in the writing.

I can write a narrative (either fictional or personal) that establishes a character or narrator, includes how the character reacts to events, uses time order transitions, includes dialog and precise literary language, a natural or logical sequence of events and a sense of closure at the end.

I can write about reading

I can conduct research on a self-selected or teacher generated topic and present a report about the topic.

I can demonstrate a command of the conventions of standard English grammar when writing or speaking.

I can participate in class discussions and small collaborative groups by listening, asking relevant questions, sharing ideas, using evidence from text, and building on the ideas of others

Social Studies
I can demonstrate an understanding of how government affects how people live.

I can evaluate multiple types of sources and take into consideration several points of view in order to answer questions.

I can analyze connections among historical events/developments in larger historical contexts.

I can organize evidence and provide reasoning into an argument about the past.

I can examine the origins, purposes, and impacts of how constitutions/laws/treaties have an impact on countries and it’s people.

I can use close reading strategies to analyze primary documents.

I can compare and contrast multiple forms of government using sources as evidence and support.

I can describe how political, civil, and economic organization have affected my life in the past, present, and future.

I can analyze and make connections between historical events into a broader historical context.

I can evaluate the credibility of a source (either primary or secondary) by determining its relevance and intended use.

I can distinguish the powers/responsibilities of citizens, political parties, interest groups, and the media in a variety of contexts.

I can identify the purpose that governmental rules and laws serve for addressing public problems or issues.

I can identify cultural, political, and geographical difference that may lead to conflict within a country or between countries.