SEPUP Science Grade 8: Teacher Links
Unit 1: Ecosystems
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Unit 2: Force and Motion
Activity 16 Interpreting Motion Graphs
Activity 19 Force, Acceleration, and Mass
Activity 20 Inertia Around a Curve
Activity 21 Newton’s Laws of Motion
Activity 26 Crash Testing
Activity 28 Fatal Accidents
Interpreting Motion Graphs
PhET Simulation: Moving Man
Learn about position, velocity and acceleration graphs using this interactive simulation.
Activities 19, 20, 21
This website contains music videos and Power Point presentations of Newton’s Three Laws of Motion. There are additional links to information about Newton’s life and everyday examples of the three laws of motion.
Crash Test Videos
See how your car would fare in a crash — view crash test videos for recent vehicle types and models. Conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) the crash tests show several different vehicle types including small cars, SUV’s, and pickup trucks.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Find out why is it important to wear seat belts, put infant seats in the back seat, or never hold an infant on your lap in the car. See video clips of crash test dummies in these situations and many others.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Vehicle Research Center
Have you ever wondered how crash test dummies were constructed or how the vehicle safety rating were determined? Read about these topics and how the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests vehicles to determine safety ratings.
US Census: 2012 Statistical Abstract
Latest accident statistics from the government.
Unit 3: The Chemistry of Materials
The Impact of Electronic Products
“Green Chemistry Takes Root” by Elizabeth Weise. USA Today, November 22, 2004.
Families of Elements
IUPAC – International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry: Periodic Table of the Elements
Click on “Periodic Table of the Elements” to download the latest version of the table approved by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemists (IUPAC).
Elements and the Periodic Table
Dmitiri Mendeleev Online
Maintained by Eugene V. Babaev at Moscow State University.
Multilingual dictionary of the names of chemical elements
This website lists the names of elements in more than twenty languages.
Producing Circuit Boards
Consumer Fact sheet on Copper
This website by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency – Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water provides basic information about copper in drinking water.
Reclaiming the Copper
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Unit 4: The Earth and Weather
Activity 43 Natural Disasters
Activity 50 Oceans and Climate
Activity 51 The Causes of Climate
Activity 52 Measuring Wind Speed and Direction
Activity 55 Observing the Earth from Space
Activity 58 The Theory of Plate Tectonics
Oceans and Climate
The Causes of Climate
Be the first to post your class’s predictions on how the climate in your area might change. Email us a pdf of your students’ predictions and we’ll post them on our website!
Measuring Wind Speed and Direction
Observing the Earth from Space
The Theory of Plate Tectonics
Video Segment 1 – Plate Tectonics: The Scientist Behind the Theory
This video segment chronicles the Alfred Wegener’s development of the theory of continental drift and is from the WGBH Teacher’s Domain website. It is recommended that you have the latest version of QuickTime installed to properly view this video.
Video Segment 2 – Plate Tectonics Further Evidence
Using evidence from Alfred Wegener’s theory of continental drift, this video on the WGBH Teacher’s Domain website details the evidence that supported the theory of plate tectonics. It is recommended that you have the latest version of QuickTime installed to properly view this video.
Unit 5: Cycles and Seasons
Activity 66 As Earth Rotates
Activity 67 Sunlight and Seasons
Activity 68 A Year Viewed From Space
Activity 70 The Earth on the Move
Activity 71 The Predictable Moon
Activity 73 Moon Phase Simulator
Activity 74 Tides and the Moon
Activity 75 Marking Time
As Earth Rotates
The North American Sundial Society
This site provides answers to questions about sundials and gives information about how to make or set up your own sundial. It also provides references and links to other sites.
Making a Sun Clock
This site from the Exploratorium tells you how to make a simple sun clock.
A Walk Through Time
This site of the National Institute for Standards and Technology provides information on both ancient and modern methods for measuring time.
Educational Exhibits about time, clocks, daylight savings, or calendars
This site lists the official U.S. time and has links to additional sites about time.
Sunlight and Seasons
Sun-Earth Day 2005—Ancient Observatories
This NASA site contains links to a timeline and photographs of ancient structures used to observe the Sun and indicate the seasons.
A Year Viewed from Space
SEPUP Seasons Interactive
Use this link to explore the seasons on Earth as viewed from space.
The Earth on the Move
This NASA site explains the seasons and includes an animation.
The animation at this site shows the change in seasons as the Earth orbits the Sun.
The Predictable Moon
Virtual Reality Moon Phase Pictures
This site of the United States Naval Observatory provides virtual views of the Moon for any date in the past or future.
This site provides today’s view of the Moon.
Moon Phase Simulator
The United States Naval Observatory Eclipse Home Page
This site provides information about eclipses of the Sun (solar eclipses) and the Moon (lunar eclipses).
Tides and the Moon
NOAA: Tide Animation
This animation from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Moon’s rotation around Earth helps you understand how the phase of the Moon relates to extreme tides.
Tide Region Selection
This site allows you to look up tides at numerous sites in the United States.
Calendars and their History
This site provides information on the history and astronomical basis of calendars. It includes information on the Gregorian, Julian, Jewish, Islamic, Indian, and Chinese calendars.
Unit 6: The Universe
Modeling the Milky Way
Explore the Milky Way
This website provides a 3-D Model of the Milky Way
The Classification of Stars
A diagram that shows most of the major types of stars.
Measuring the Universe
Evidence for the Big Bang
This short video excerpt adapted from Nova describes the work of Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson.
The Dynamic Universe
Astronomy for Kids: Redshift
An explanation of redshift geared for a student audience.
Galactic Redshift Simulator
Simulate how a spectrum changes based on a galaxy’s redshift.