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Mastering Ohio's Grade 8 Science Achievement Test has the same innovative features as the fifth-grade book above. An introductory unit provides test-taking strategies, including the unique "E-R-A" approach described above. The book also provides techniques for answering short-answer and extended-response questions. Students learn how to use an Answer Box for planning answers to constructed-response questions, and they practice applying a model rubric to score sample answers. A comprehensive content review covers all 20 benchmarks and 105 grade-level indicators on the test from Grades 6, 7, and 8. Each content unit covers an entire standard. Main Ideas sections at the beginning of each chapter serve as advance organizers. A clear and insightful text is accompanied by diagrams, charts, graphs, illustrations, and graphic organizers. After each section, students are challenged with Applying What You Have Learned activities. A What You Need To Know box summarizes and reinforces mastery of each benchmark. Each chapter ends with Study Cards, while each unit ends with a Concept Map and a Checklist of Benchmarks. The book also provides nearly 200 OAT-style practice questions, including a complete final test.

The OGT in Science assesses student mastery of three years of science, covering 6 standards, 24 benchmarks, and 103 grade-level indicators. The greatest challenge for many students is to bring their knowledge from astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, physics and technology together and to draw connections across these diverse fields. Mastering the Ohio Graduation Test in Science will help your students achieve this synthesis. It uses clear, insightful explanations and an interactive format to prepare students for the OGT. Unlike others that claim to be 100% aligned, this book actually does cover every benchmark assessed on the OGT in Science.

Unit 1 provides an overview of the test and describes question types found on the OGT: recalling, analyzing scientific information, explaining scientific investigations, and applying scientific concepts to "real world" situations. Students learn the unique "E-R-A" approach to guide their thinking in answering questions. Students also learn how to analyze scientific information in graphs, tables, diagrams, flow charts, and maps. Finally, students learn how to respond to short-answer and extended-response questions.

Units 2 through 5. The main part of the book presents a complete "refresher" course of all the content and skills tested on the OGT.

  • Each unit begins with a Unit Opener, which serves as an advance organizer.
  • Each chapter begins with a Major Ideas section, previewing the most important concepts, relationships, and facts in the chapter.
  • Each chapter is divided into small, comprehensible sections. Students learn to master and recall key concepts, facts, and relationships. There is an abundance of photos, diagrams, and illustrations to help students visualize as they learn.
  • After each content section, students reinforce and apply their learning with an Applying What You Have Learned activity. These exercises challenge students to describe, explain, or analyze information and provide students with an opportunity to think about what they have read.
  • Each chapter ends with a What You Should Know summary and Study Cards, which further reinforce the major ideas of the chapter.
  • Each chapter then closes with a Checking Your Understanding section composed of authentic OGT-style questions. Every question is identified by its standard, benchmark, and grade-level indicator.

Unit 6. The final part of the book consists of a complete practice test, mirroring the distribution of questions and level of difficulty found on the real OGT in Science.

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