Academic Standards for
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Eighth Grade Standards


Nebraska Science Standards

8.2.1 By the end of eighth grade, students will develop the abilities needed to do scientific inquiry.
Example Indicators:

  • Identify questions and form hypotheses that can be examined through scientific investigations.
  • Design and conduct a scientific investigation.
  • Use appropriate tools and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret data.
  • Given evidence, develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, and models.
  • Show the relationship between evidence and explanations.
  • Recognize and analyze alternative explanations and predictions.
  • Communicate scientific procedures and explanations.
  • Use mathematics in scientific inquiry.

8.8.1 By the end of eighth grade, students will develop an understanding of science as a human endeavor.
Example Indicators:

  • Investigate and understand that women and men of various social and ethnic backgrounds, working alone or in teams, engage in the activities of science, engineering, and related fields.
  • Investigate and understand that science requires different abilities based on the type of inquiry and relies upon basic human qualities and scientific habits of mind.
  • Explain the need for ethical codes followed by scientists (e.g., humane treatment of animals and truth in reporting).

8.7.5 By the end of eighth grade, students will develop an understanding of science and technology in society.
Example Indicators:

  • Explain that the effect of science on society is neither entirely beneficial nor entirely detrimental.
  • Describe how societal challenges and priorities influence research priorities.
  • Explain why science cannot answer all questions and technology cannot solve all human problems or meet all human needs.

8.6.2 By the end of eighth grade, students will develop an understanding of science and technology.
Example Indicators:

  • Distinguish between scientific inquiry (asking questions about the natural world) and technological design (using science to solve practical problems).
  • Describe how science and technology are reciprocal.
  • Assess the avoidable and unavoidable limits of a technological design.
  • Recognize that solutions have intended and unintended consequences.

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