Grade 8 Science

Ce site est une collection de ressources qui appuient les programmes d'étude de la 6e à la 9e année de la Saskatchewan.

A to Z Teacher Stuff is a teacher-created site designed to help teachers find online resources more quickly and easily. Find lesson plans, thematic units, teacher tips, discussion forums for teachers, downloadable teaching materials & eBooks, printable worksheets and blacklines, emergent reader books, themes, and more.

A to Z Teacher Stuff

Choose to play an interactive, online scientific mystery, search the database for grade and subject appropriate activities, or view graphics and animations. This is a large website with a lot to offer!

Access Excellence Activities Exchange


In this lesson, students will identify the causes of acid rain, research ways to reduce the negative effects of acid rain, learn about government regulation and monitoring of acid rain and investigate acidity data of surface water for different areas of the United States.

All About Cells

Great lessons and interactive activities from "Centre of the Cell" Visitor Centre in London.  There are many games that can be used on an interactive whiteboard, such as "What organs do you need?" and "How many cells do you make in a minute?".  There is also a teacher page that lists classroom resources and links and gives teachers an opportunity to register their classes for online quizzes or cell-based research.

Welcome to Ask A Scientist! Our service has been in operation since 1991. We have already compiled answers to more than 20,000 questions - and this site now receives more than nine million hits each month!

If you have a question, first check our Archives to see if it has been asked and answered before. Ask A Scientist includes Archives containing questions that our volunteer scientists have answered since our service began. And since 1991, questions have come from every country on the planet!

Ask a Scientist Service

The BBC has a terrific site for English, Math and Science learning.  The activities are highly interactive and engaging!

BBC BItesize KS3 Links
Dr. Saul's Biology in Motion features fantastic interactive activities and animations for students to use to learn human biology concepts. The activities and animations seem to be targeted toward a middle school audience there is a lot of value in this website for high school students too. Biology in Motion offers some good tips for teachers planning to use these activities in the classroom. Most of the tips are things that might seem obvious, but are good reminders none-the-less.

Biology in Motion
Thousands of free videos from the best teachers are brought together on this site.  Math topics include Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus and Calculus.  Science topics include Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Brightstorm Math and Science
Bubbabrain is a question and answer review game that would work very well on an interactive whiteboard.  You can either choose from user-created questions or create your own.  Both words and images are supported.

Based on the popular TV series, these web adventures allow you to analyze forensic evidence and test your investigative skills!

CSI: Web Adventures
Do a search for "Lesson Plan Ideas" for various levels and subjects, including Simple Machines, Space Exploration, Structures and Shapes, Sound.

Canada Science and Technology Museum
A diagram and explanation of the Natural Carbon Cycle on Earth and the Greenhouse Effect.

Carbon Cycle
The Caring For Our Watersheds program is sponsored by Agrium. It is an environmental educational competition that encourages creativity and rewards students for the solutions they identify. CARING FOR OUR WATERSHEDS partners with communities to create focused solutions to local watershed issues.

Caring For Our Watersheds
The Biology Department at Davidson College has put together a large collection of videos and animations of cell biology processes. Most of the videos are in QuickTime format while most of the animations are GIF animations. The collection is divided into five categories; Movies of Cells, Movies of Cellular Calcium, Movies of Molecular Methods, Molecular Movies, and a miscellaneous category.

Cell Biology Videos

Cells Alive!

Models, animations, research, puzzles, quizzes - everything to do with cells!

Saskatchewan people will now be able to find climate change information more easily, understand climate change and learn what to do to lessen its effects.  There are many links on this site for educators, along with some Mini-Units based on the Saskatchewan's K - Grade 12 Curriculum (although these units do not reflect the recent renewal of curricula).

Climate Change Saskatchewan

 A collection of media pieces (illustrations, animations, games, movies) for Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts.  These would be great with an interactive whiteboard!


This is one cool site for all elementary students. There are informative videos, articles, interactive activities and games.
Discovery Kids: Home Page

Explore the World of Earth Science. An incredible site with interactive visualizations and investigations about all topics of Earth Science.

Earth Science
Build your own sustainable community in this online simulator.  Use social, economic and environmental factors to help you make choices for the best.


Eduweb develops award-winning digital learning games and interactives about art, history, science, and technology.  Their mission is to "create exciting and effective learning experiences that hit the sweet spot where learning theory, digital technology, and fun meet." 


Eduweb Interactive Learning Games

Environment Canada's monthly on-line newsmagazine was launched in December 2000. It covers a wide range of current topics.  Looking for information about a particular subject? Browse by Subject to find articles on the following categories: Air, Climate Change, Environmental Action, Nature and Wildlife, Pollution, Science & Technology, Water, and Weather.

EnviroZine, Environment Canada's On-line Newsmagazine

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources bring an electonic magazine about the great outdoors to kids in grades 4-8.  There are teacher pages to help facilitate learning on this site.

Environmental Education for Kids (EEK)

The Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco has compiled a collection of "snacks", or miniature experiments of popular exhibits at their facility.  These are perfect for classrooms!

Snacks about Reflection

The Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco has compiled a collection of "snacks", or miniature experiments of popular exhibits at their facility.  These are perfect for classrooms!

Snacks about Refraction

The Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco has compiled a collection of "snacks", or miniature experiments of popular exhibits at their facility.  These are perfect for classrooms!

Snacks about Life Science

The Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco has compiled a collection of "snacks", or miniature experiments of popular exhibits at their facility.  These are perfect for classrooms!

Snacks about Mechanics

Online since 1993, the Exploratorium was one of the first science museums to build a site on the World Wide Web. Our site now contains over 15,000 Web pages exploring hundreds of different topics. 

Exploratorium: the museum of science, art and human perception

Welcome to the Famous Scientists / Inventors Challenge. This is an online voyage of discovery about people who have questioned the world around them and made important choices and discoveries as a result.  This was a Grade 8 ELA "Burning Question"  and Science "Earth and Space Unit" webquest but it can fit into any Science unit by changing the scientists accordingly.

Teacher Page

This exciting site has much to offer the sciene teacher.  Browse through the "Web-based Classroom Projects" for a variety of elementary, middle and high school projects.

Fermilab Science Education

The University of Oklahoma Police Department has created a site called "Everything You Wanted To Know About Fire Safety (But Were Afraid to Ask)".  It has a series of questions with answers that are appropriate for middle years students.

Fire Safety for Middle Years

A guidebook from the Saskatchean Forestry Association for Grades 5 to 8 teachers regarding forests.

Focus on Forests

Choose your grade level and subject to access flashcards to test your knowledge of that area.  This is an American website so you may have visit other grade levels for any Saskatchewan subjects that are not listed for your grade level.

Select the appropriate age of your students and choose from a variety of Mathematics, Geography, Art, Science, Language Arts, etc. games.

FunBrain Game Finder

Equipment and materials to support the grade 8 Science Unit, Optics.



Gizmos are online simulations that power inquiry and understanding.  You can browse for math or science gizmos for students from Grade 3 to Grade 12.  These are great for whiteboard use!


This site features resources (units and internet sites) that support the Saskatchewan Science Curriculum objectives grades 1-9.

Grade Specific Science Resources

As you read and learn about Canada's vanishing natural heritage, you might want to know what an individual can do about it. Well, you've come to the right section, because we've included many practical and doable ideas that you can begin implementing to help Canada's wildlife right now. So, whether you just start out by making your own backyard nature-friendly, or take on a bigger project including your whole community, we know that you'll enjoy the sense of accomplishment you get from making the world a better place for wildlife.


Action and Awareness

Welcome to inner exploration of Human Anatomy. Each topic has animations, 100's of graphics, and thousands of descriptive links. Study the anatomy of the human body. It's fun, interactive, and an ideal reference site for students or those who just want to know more about the medical descriptions used by doctors and nurses.

Human Anatomy Online

Here are some links that can be powerful whole-group instructional tools when used on an interactive whiteboard.  These are grouped by subject area and subdivided by grade levels.

Interactive Whiteboard Links
Explore the playful side of invention and the inventive side of play in this website.  Learn how play - the ordinary and everyday "work of childhood" - connects to the creative impulse of both historic and contemporary inventors.

Invention at Play
No matter what your grade level or subject area, Learn Alberta's website has many resources for you.  You can find resources by grade, subject, keyword, media type, audience, language or learning resource type. 


The Center for Innovation in Science Learning (CISL) at The Franklin Institute is a premier center for science learning research, program development, and educational services.  Choose "Curricular Companions" to show how Grade 4-8 teachers can integrate lessons like "Ecosystems", "Sound and Light", or "Introduction to Matter" into their unit plans.  The topics do not follow the Saskatchewan Science Curriculum but you can find something at every level.

Learn at The Franklin Institute Online

Learn.Genetics delivers educational materials on genetics, bioscience and health topics. They are designed to be used by students, teachers and members of the public. The materials meet selected US education standards for science and health.

Teach.Genetics provides resources for K-12 teachers, higher education faculty, and public educators. These include PDF-based Print-and-Go™ activities, unit plans and other supporting resources. The materials are designed to support and extend the materials on Learn.Genetics.

Developed for teachers and students, finds the best science interactives and resources in the world.  Choose an area of science to discover and find resources for your grade level.
You may wonder why your body wants to "slide" to the side of the car as you go around a tight turn in the road? Has your stomach felt queazy on a roller-coaster ride? Why should you not be riding in the back of a pickup truck while going around a curve traveling too fast? All of these questions and experiences deal with the force that this chapter deals with.

May the 'Force' Be With You
The McGraw-Hill Companies have compiled a list of grades 3-6 Science lessons that correspond with their textbooks.  Even if you do not use these particular textbooks in your classrooms, there are still great ideas for every science class!

McGraw-Hill Science Resources

This method of research is used to walk an entire class through the research process at the beginning of the year.

Micro-Research Model

Make your SmartBoard more interactive with these Flash animations.  Simply download one of the mini-movies for science or math and use them on your interactive whiteboards.

Mister Teacher

Activities, Experiments,Games, Stories, News, Animals, Pictures ~ all are found on this site.

National Geographic Kids

This site has been categorized by grade to make your search easier. The lessons are online based and weave nicely with the curriculum in both science and social studies.

Lesson Plans and Activities

NetVet Veterinary Resources / Electronic Zoo Animal Species. The title speaks for itself. Everything one wanted to know about animals ... and then some.

NetVet Veterinary Resources / Electronic Zoo Animal Species

Energy, and the essential role it plays in today's society, is a complex topic for elementary school children. Our theme - save energy, save nature - provides a practical introduction to the subject. It can be used to help kids understand the relationship between energy production and use and environmental problems such as smog and climate change.

Kids Club

Busy teachers are always looking for new teaching ideas and ways to save time. The Saskatoon Public Schools OLC has compiled a list of online resources that their teachers have created or recommended. 

Online Learning Centre Resources 

A complete copy of the Periodic Table and guide on how to use it.

Periodic Table

Pics4Learning is a copyright-friendly image library for teachers and students. The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers. Unlike many Internet sites, permission has been granted for teachers and students to use all of the images donated to the Pics4Learning collection.

Pics4Learning - Tech4Learning

Free & fun science resources for children, young people, teachers and parents.

Planet Science

An easy to play game that tests your knowledge of the Periodic Table.

Proton Don

An excellent collection of free science sites!  There are five fields of study, with many topics in each field.  You will find student-friendly articles and activities for a multitude to topics.  The fields include:

Astronomy (Universe, Galaxies, Stars, Systems, Solar Systems, Exploration)
Biology (Cell Structure, Cell Function, Microorganisms, Plants, Scientific Study, Invertebrates, Vertebrates, Animal Systems)
Chemistry (Matter, Periodic Table, Elements, Atoms, Reactions, Biochemistry)
Earth Science (Earth Energy, Earth Structure, Atmosphere, Hydrosphere, Biosphere, Climates, BCG Cycles)
Physics (Motion and Mechanics, Heat and Thermodynamics, Light and Optics, Electricity and Magnetism, Modern Physics). 
A list of experiments on topics such as "Inertia", "Floatation", and "Cohesion".

Reeko's Bag of Tricks
Browse and download lessons and demonstrations made for the Smartboard!

SMART Exchange

A collection of lesson plans and experiments for all grade levels.

San Diego Zoo Resources

This series of webpages was created by a retired teacher in Regina.  It includes pages on Canada, Space, The Arctic, Animals, Winter, Pioneers, Saskatchewan, Plains Indians, and more.

Saskatchewan and Canada Information

Teaching Resources, Student Activities, Reproducibles, and more! | Teachers

A one-page document that you can use in your science classroom to help students summarize an article that they read.

Article Analysis

The brain teasers on this site require understanding of the physical or biological world and the laws that govern it.  Suitable for grades 4-8.

Science Brain Teasers

The Science Learning Network (SLN) is an online community of educators, students, schools, science museums and other institutions demonstrating a new model for inquiry science education.  There is a list of resources developed by SLN museums.

Science Learning Network: Home

Providing a wealth of resources for K-12 science educators, Science NetLinks is your guide to meaningful standards-based Internet experiences for students.  Search the lesson plans, use intereactive sites, and support your students' learning.

Science Netlinks

Science News is an award-winning weekly newsmagazine covering the most important research in all fields of science. Its 16 pages are packed with short, accurate articles that appeal to both general readers and scientists.

Science News Online

This site offers a growing bank of imaginative, highly visual teaching-aids developed for use with interactive whiteboards. The resources are designed to be used as rich sources of visually stimulating material, making use of both animations and drag and drop interactivity. It is hoped that the resources will help students to make sense of some of the more challenging concepts they encounter. Many of the resources can be used to support starter or plenary activities.

Science Simulations and Activities

Shake, Rattle and Slide is designed for students in 5th - 8th grade to learn how forces on and inside the earth work to shape our world. Two major landform shaping processes, plate tectonics and continental glaciations, are discussed.  Many animations have been provided in this website to help visualize these sometimes complex processes. Activities for classrooms or individual use are also available to provide additional learning opportunities.

Shake, Rattle and Slide
Investigate wavelengths (light and colour) in these 4 modules.  Choose "Back to the Lesson" button to see the student-friendly pages.

Star Light, Star Bright
This game is to plan and construct a safer environment for a population to limit the damage when disaster strikes.  You can choose your skill level, disaster (flood, tsunami, hurricane, wildfire or earthquake) and area of the world.  There are teacher resources to help guide you through this game as you use it in your classroom.

Stop Disasters!
Great for Smartboard users!  Create seating plans, make jeopardy-style review games, make board games and more.

This teacher has gathered some Notebook 10 games and demonstrations for a variety of upper elementary classrooms.

Teachers Love Smart Boards
Physics Front editors have chosen the materials on this website as exemplary resources within their categories.  One category is Physical Sciences K-8 for pre-high school physics concepts like conservation of energy, wave energy, astronomy, light, and more.

The Physics Front
Perfect for Science or Health classes!  This high-interest site explains everything dandruff to worms!

The Yuckiest Site on the Internet
An overview of the major organelles of a cell. Users can zoom in on specific organelles to learn more.

The U.S. Geological Survey provides scientific information intended to help educate the public about natural resources, natural hazards, geospatial data, and issues that affect our quality of life. Discover selected online resources, including lessons, data, maps, and more, to support teaching, learning, education (K-12), and college inquiry and research.

USGS Education

Get an up-close view of a cell.  Zoom in on specific organelles to learn more.  There are worksheets for teachers to print off and a virtual textbook with animations on a variety of topics.

The Virtual Cell

Take a Virtual Field Trip to one of many locations. A great enhancer to any classroom.

Virtual Classroom Field Trips

Student-friendly webpage with information about the water cycle. There are printable activity sheets at the bottom of the webpage.

Water Cycle Handouts

Choose your grade level (Kindergarten to Grade 8) to explore daily weather patterns and extreme weather conditions.

Weather Watch Activities
Just as the title suggests, this is a site to narrow down the search for webquests.  There are a variety of webquests, all categorized to correlate with the Ontario Curriculum in 2007.

Webquest Locator
Welcome to The World Almanac for Kids Online!

Millions of kids read The World Almanac For Kids every year. Now the bestselling book has a companion Web Site -- The World Almanac For Kids Online. So dive in and explore. You might even get smarter.

World Almanac for Kids

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