M-STEP 8th Grade Comprehensive Science Practice

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Structure and Properties of Matter 7%
Chemical Reactions 7%
Forces and Interactions 7%
Energy 7%
Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation 6%
Structure, Function, and Information Processing 7%
Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems 7%
Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems 7%
Growth, Development, and Reproduction of Organisms 6%
Natural Selection and Adaptations 6%
Space Systems 7%
History of Earth 7%
Weather and Climate 6%
Earth's Systems 7%
Human Impacts 6%
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  • Engineering Design
  • Questions 3,210
  • Vocabulary Terms 485
  • Performance Tasks 303
  • Instructional Videos 151

Test Standards

Structure and Properties of Matter
1. (MS-PS1-1)  Atomic Models
2. (MS-PS1-3)  Natural to Synthetic
3. (MS-PS1-4 )  Thermal Energy
Chemical Reactions
1. (MS-PS1-2)  Physical and Chemical Properties
2. (MS-PS1-5)  Conservation of Matter
3. (MS-PS1-6)  Endothermic or Exothermic
Forces and Interactions
1. (MS-PS2-1)  Newton's Third Law
2. (MS-PS2-2)  Balanced and Unbalanced Forces
3. (MS-PS2-3)  Electric and Magnetic Forces
4. (MS-PS2-4)  Gravitational Interactions
5. (MS-PS2-5)  Force Fields
1. (MS-PS3-1)  Kinetic Energy
2. (MS-PS3-2)  Potential Energy
3. (MS-PS3-3)  Thermal Energy Transfer
4. (MS-PS3-4)  Average Kinetic Energy and Temperature
5. (MS-PS3-5)  Changes in Kinetic Energy
Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation
1. (MS-PS4-1 )  Model of Waves
2. (MS-PS4-2)  Reflection, Absorbtion, and Transmission
3. (MS-PS4-3 )  Digital vs. Analog
Structure, Function, and Information Processing
1. (MS-LS1-1)  Made of Cells
2. (MS-LS1-2)  Organelles
3. (MS-LS1-3)  System Interactions
4. (MS-LS1-8 )  Stimulus and Response
Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems
1. (MS-LS1-6)  Photosynthesis
2. (MS-LS1-7)  Food Energy
3. (MS-LS2-1 )  Resource Availability
4. (MS-LS2-3)  Cycling of Matter and Flow of Energy
5. (MS-LS2-4 )  Changes in Populations
Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
1. (MS-LS2-2 )  Pattern of Interactions
2. (MS-LS2-5 )  Maintaining Biodiversity
Growth, Development, and Reproduction of Organisms
1. (MS-LS1-4 )  Probability of Successful Reproduction
2. (MS-LS1-5)  Influence on Growth
3. (MS-LS3-2)  Asexual and Sexual Reproduction
4. (MS-LS3-1)  Mutations
5. (MS-LS4-5)  Desired Traits
Natural Selection and Adaptations
1. (MS-LS4-1)  Fossil Record
2. (MS-LS4-2 )  Anatomical Similarities
3. (MS-LS4-3)  Embryology
4. (MS-LS4-4)  Genetic Variations and Surviving
5. (MS-LS4-6 )  Natural Selection and Genes
Space Systems
1. (MS-ESS1-1 )  Earth-Sun-Moon System
2. (MS-ESS1-2)  Role of Gravity
3. (MS-ESS1-3 )  Scale of Solar System
History of Earth
1. (MS-ESS1-4 )  History of Earth
2. (MS-ESS2-2 )  Changing Earth Surface
3. (MS-ESS2-3 )  Evidence of Plate Movement
Weather and Climate
1. (MS-ESS2-5 )  Air Masses and Weather Patterns
2. (MS-ESS2-6 )  Regional Climates
3. (MS-ESS3-5)  Rise in Global Temperatures
Earth's Systems
1. (MS-ESS2-1 )  Cycling of Earth's Materials
2. (MS-ESS2-4)  Cycling of Water
3. (MS-ESS3-1)  Geoscience Processes
Human Impacts
1. (MS-ESS3-2 )  Natural Hazard Data
2. (MS-ESS3-3 )  Human Impact on Environment
3. (MS-ESS3-4 )  Human Population and Natural Resources
Engineering Design
1. (MS-ETS1-1)  Criteria and Constraints of a Design Problem
2. (MS-ETS1-2)  Evaluate Design Solutions
3. (MS-ETS1-3)  Compare/Contrast Design Solutions
4. (MS-ETS1-4)  Develop Models to Test Solutions