Grade Eight Physical Science Content and Skills

Grade eight physical science  content and skills are based on the Virginia Standards of Learning for Science. In grade eight students are encouraged to build upon prior knowledge and developed science process skills to analyze science topics with more depth and rigor. Students focus on the topics below.

  • Planning & Conducting Investigations
  • Characteristics of Matter
  • Atoms & Atomic Theory
  • The Periodic Table
  • Changes in Matter
  • States & Forms of Energy
  • Heat & Heat Transfer
  • Sound & Light
  • Work, Force, & Motion
  • Electricity & Magnetism


Science Standards of Learning Assessment

Grade eight physical science content and skills are included in the Standards of Learning assessment students take at the end of their eighth grade year. 

During the 2021-2022 school year, students will learn content in  each key topic and practice the science investigative and engineering design skills outlined in the 2018 standards. They will be assessed on the 2018 standards at the end of their eighth grade year. In subsequent years, grade eight students will learn and be assessed on the 2018 standards.

The 2018 Science Standards of Learning are located below.