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Students analyze pieces of writing using the Microsoft Word thesaurus and readability tools. After reading a short non-descriptive paragraph, students rewrite the paragraph using the thesaurus, which will change the readability of the paragraph.
Eighth graders are introduced to the concept of design. It is intended to help students recognize that design is purposeful, based on requirements, systematic, iterative, creative and provides solution alternatives.
Eighth graders explore the design process.  In this investigative lesson students discuss as a class the concept of design and complete several assignments. 
Students explore the concept of turnover. In this turnover lesson plan, students read an article about executives leaving their business. Students discuss the benefits of turnover. Students create their own business and list the ideal conditions of their business for the employees, competitors, market, and luck.
Young scholars design and conduct an open-ended investigation using a variety of earth materials to answer a questions posed by the teacher: How does the erosion of sand compare with the erosion of gravel? After producing evidence that addresses this question, they generate their own question that could be answered with further scientific inquiry.
Young scholars measure the effect of water temperature on the rate of a chemical reaction, similar to the interaction of a weak acid and carbonate rock, using hot water and effervescent antacid tablets.
Students construct a barometer to use in an experiment that they design to measure the air pressure on a daily basis. These observations of air pressure allow students to determine how weather is affected when a storm is approaching and to predict weather.
Fifth graders explore career options and potential jobs. In this career lesson, 5th graders study various careers and the training or education needed for those careers. Students study posters and name career paths as well as occupations in the paths. Students complete worksheets related to the career exploration and research three jobs they would like to have.
Young scholars explore a hydrometer.  In this gravity lesson plan students construct a hydrometer and create a liquid density column. 
Upper graders practice their estimation skills by observing different objects then making their best guess without using measuring instruments. Students are asked to estimate mass, length, volume, and area.
Students determine the mass, volume, and density of two different mineral samples. Students show data and calculations as well as answer questions about the mineral identities.
Students perform an experiment, collect, and analyze data of a rolling marble down a ramp. They report results after they complete their experiment. Students are assessed in science and writing.
Eighth graders determine the presence of starch and sugar in unknown solutions. This task assesses students' abilities to observe, record and interpret data, classify, generalize/infer, construct data tables, and identify sugar and starch solutions.
Young scholars follow directions for a simple chemical experiment. They use the appropriate tools and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret data. Students identify a substance that has characteristic properties, such as density, a boiling point, and solubility, all of which are independent of the amount of the sample.
Eighth graders investigate what would happen to the length of a rubber band as more and more rings were hung on it. They base their explanation on what they observed, and as they develop cognitive skills, they should be able to differentiate explanation from description.
Students measure the rate of sinking of a test tube into a beaker of "glop", representing a model of the interaction between the Earth's crust and upper mantle. This task assesses students' abilities to make simple observations, collect, record, and represent data, use a graph to represent data, relate the model t their knowledge of geologic processes, infer from the model why this geologic process occurs, and describe other factors not addressed by the model.
Eighth graders determine the location of specific features of the stimulated ocean floor. The features include the continental shelf, continental slope, an ocean trench, and a mid-oceaniz ridge.
Learners determine which of several soil samples (sand, soil, and slit) produces puddles, providing insight into the permeability of these different soils. This task assesses students' abilities to make simple observations, collect, organize, and represent data, make conclusions from that data, and generalize about scientific concepts.
Students measure the properties of two different types of soap and wood and calculate their densities. Then they predict whether or not whether or not each object would float or sink in fresh or salt water.
Students examine the factors that affect population growth such as, the length of life cycles, carrying capacity and competition.  In this population lesson students conduct an experiment on population growth and collect data and analysis. 

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