The NGSS in Massachusetts

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Skills available for Massachusetts eighth-grade science standards

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8.MS-ESS Earth and Space Sciences

  • 8.MS-ESS1 Earth's Place in the Universe

    • 8.MS-ESS1-1b Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun system to explain the cyclical pattern of seasons, which includes the Earth's tilt and differential intensity of sunlight on different areas of Earth across the year.

    • 8.MS-ESS1-2 Explain the role of gravity in ocean tides, the orbital motions of planets, their moons, and asteroids in the solar system.

  • 8.MS-ESS2 Earth's Systems

    • 8.MS-ESS2-1 Use a model to illustrate that energy from the Earth's interior drives convection which cycles Earth's crust leading to melting, crystallization, weathering, and deformation of large rock formations, including generation of ocean sea floor at ridges, submergence of ocean sea floor at trenches, mountain building, and active volcanic chains.

    • 8.MS-ESS2-5 Interpret basic weather data to identify patterns in air mass interactions and the relationship of those patterns to local weather.

    • 8.MS-ESS2-6 Describe how interactions involving the ocean affect weather and climate on a regional scale, including the influence of the ocean temperature as mediated by energy input from the sun and energy loss due to evaporation or redistribution via ocean currents.

  • 8.MS-ESS3 Earth and Human Activity

8.MS-LS Life Science

8.MS-PS Physical Science

8.MS-ETS Technology/Engineering

  • 8.MS-ETS2 Materials, Tools, and Manufacturing

    • 8.MS-ETS2-4(MA) Use informational text to illustrate that materials maintain their composition under various kinds of physical processing; however, some material properties may change if a process changes the particulate structure of a material.

    • 8.MS-ETS2-5(MA) Present information that illustrates how a product can be created using basic processes in manufacturing systems, including forming, separating, conditioning, assembling, finishing, quality control, and safety. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of human vs. computer control of these processes.