Outcome Chart - British Columbia - Science 8

This outcome chart contains media-related learning outcomes from the British Columbia, Grade 8 Science curriculum, with links to supporting resources on the MediaSmarts site.

Curricular Competencies

Students are expected to be able to do the following:

Questioning and predicting

  • Demonstrate a sustained curiosity about a scientific topic or problem of personal interest
  • Make observations aimed at identifying their own questions about the natural world
  • Identify a question to answer or a problem to solve through scientific inquiry
  • Formulate alternative “If…then…” hypotheses based on their questions
  • Make predictions about the findings of their inquiry

Planning and conducting

Measure and control variables (dependent and independent) through fair tests

Observe, measure, and record data (qualitative and quantitative), using equipment, including digital technologies, with accuracy and precision

Processing and analyzing data and information

  • Experience and interpret the local environment
  • Construct and use a range of methods to represent patterns or relationships in data, including tables, graphs, keys, models, and digital technologies as appropriate
  • Seek patterns and connections in data from their own investigations and secondary sources
  • Use scientific understandings to identify relationships and draw conclusions


  • Reflect on their investigation methods, including the adequacy of controls on variables (dependent and independent) and the quality of the data collected
  • Identify possible sources of error and suggest improvements to their investigation methods
  • Demonstrate an awareness of assumptions and bias in their own work and secondary sources
  • Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of evidence (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Exercise a healthy, informed skepticism and use scientific knowledge and findings from their own investigations to evaluate claims in secondary sources
  • Consider social, ethical, and environmental implications of the findings from their own and others’ investigations

Applying and innovating

  • Contribute to care for self, others, community and world through personal or collaborative approaches
  • Transfer and apply learning to new situations
  • Generate and introduce new or refined ideas when problem solving


  • Communicate ideas, findings, and solutions to problems, using scientific language, representations, and digital technologies as appropriate

MediaSmarts Resources