8th grade CAST Science Test Prep Review Strategies, Practice Problems & graphs

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    Are you finding it difficult to find middle school 8th grade CAST NGSS science test prep questions that mimic the state test and help students review and learn test-taking strategies? This NGSS science test prep reiew will provide students with some simple test-taking strategies to help them answer questions that include diagrams, data tables, and graphs, even if they have forgotten or never learned the topic. 

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    What will Students be doing?

    ✅ Identifying the question

    ✅ Underlining key details in the passages

    ✅ Interpreting data tables, graphs, and diagrams

    ✅ Using strategies to help them identify the answer or answers

    ✅ Writing their answers using the CER format

    This test-taking strategies activity includes:

    ✅ 21 practice questions with graphs, data tables, and diagrams

    ✅ Mulitple-choice, multi-answer, and short (CER) questions

    ✅ Teacher slide presentation to guide the students with the strategies and how they can help them

    ✅ Answers for the example questions

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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems. Emphasis is on predicting consistent patterns of interactions in different ecosystems in terms of the relationships among and between organisms and abiotic components of ecosystems. Examples of types of interactions could include competitive, predatory, and mutually beneficial.
    Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells. Emphasis is on developing evidence that living things are made of cells, distinguishing between living and non-living cells, and understanding that living things may be made of one cell or many and varied cells.
    Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem. Emphasis is on cause and effect relationships between resources and growth of individual organisms and the numbers of organisms in ecosystems during periods of abundant and scarce resources.
    Develop a model to describe that when the arrangement of objects interacting at a distance changes, different amounts of potential energy are stored in the system. Emphasis is on relative amounts of potential energy, not on calculations of potential energy. Examples of objects within systems interacting at varying distances could include: the Earth and either a roller coaster cart at varying positions on a hill or objects at varying heights on shelves, changing the direction/orientation of a magnet, and a balloon with static electrical charge being brought closer to a classmate’s hair. Examples of models could include representations, diagrams, pictures, and written descriptions of systems. Assessment is limited to two objects and electric, magnetic, and gravitational interactions.
    Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms. Emphasis is on tracing movement of matter and flow of energy. Assessment does not include the biochemical mechanisms of photosynthesis.


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