reading exercises for 8th graders


The Average Salary of a Meter Reader

Meter readers record information from various types of utility meters, including water, electric, gas and steam. These jobs usually require a high school diploma, and new meter readers typically learn the necessary skills on the job by helping experienced workers. Although the salaries of meter readers vary widely, annual pay averaged approximately $39,000 as of […]



How to Read an Indicator Color Chart

Indicator color charts come in different varieties and are used to show the pH of a substance. Chemical compounds that change color in response to acid or base materials are usually embedded in a piece of paper or other substrate. The substance being tested is then applied, turning the compound a new color. The simplest […]



How to Read a Megger

In order to measure the insulation resistance in electrical wiring and electrical motors, electricians use the megohmmeter, also known as a megger. It differs from an ohmmeter in that, unlike the ohmmeter, it is able to measure resistances in ohm values of more than one million. This capacity is practical when measuring resistance in high-voltage […]



How to Read a Scale by Weighing Grams

There are three types of scales to weigh grams. The triple beam scale has been in use from the time the pyramid were built in ancient Egypt and are precise to the tenth of a gram in weight. The most common scales are battery operated digital scales that generally weigh in whole grams. Mechanical scales […]



How to Read Aura Photography

The aura is believed to be an electromagnetic field that surrounds living things. The aura used to be perceived only by those who were “gifted.” This changed with the advent of aura photography in 1891. The first aura photograph was taken by Nicola Tesla. The Russians expanded on the work of Tesla through the development […]



How to Use a Manual Light Meter

Using a manual light meter to determine the aperture of your camera may take some getting used to, but once you become accustomed to how your meter works, you should be able to get readings without much difficulty. Manual light meters allow you to read the reflected light of your subject or the incident light […]



How to Read a Stock Ticker

Edward Calahan invented the stock ticker in 1863 and the New York Stock Exchange installed the first stock ticker in 1867. Messengers used to run price updates from the exchanges to brokers’ offices prior to the ticker. You may spot stock tickers scrolling across financial websites or on digital displays inside and outside financial buildings. […]



How to Fix an Original Xbox Disk Read Error

The Xbox continues to be a well-used gaming console, despite the advent of the more powerful Xbox 360. Dirt and debris can get into the DVD drive inside of the Xbox and cause it to display a disk read error when you are attempting to play a disc. You can fix the DVD drive yourself, […]



How to Read OBD2 Codes

Since 1996, every car manufactured has been required to have an Onboard Diagnostic system by law. This system monitors a car’s performance and will alert the driver when it detects any problems. The codes can be downloaded and read with an OBD2 code reader or recorded with the help of the “Check Engine” light on […]



How to Take an Accurate GPS Reading Using a GPS Receiver

Scientists have enhanced the Global Positioning Systems (GPS) capabilities immensely since the first GPS satellite was launched for military surveillance purposes in 1968. Today GPS devices exist for a variety of purposes from driving directions to pinpointing your coordinates as you’re hiking. Taking a specific GPS reading can be especially important if you are charting […]



How to Read & Sing Shape Note Music

Reading shape notes is a simplified way for a singer to read music. Used in the early part of American history when many singers were musically untrained, simplified notation was a way for people to sing printed music in church choirs. Since shape notes only influence the way music is printed, the way the music […]



How to Keep Awake While Reading

Whether you are studying for an exam or leisurely reading a book, the last thing you want to do is fall asleep. When you get sleepy, it becomes hard to focus and retain the information you are reading. This becomes even more difficult when reading late at night. You can take a number of steps […]



How to Read Bus Maps

Bus lines can seem confusing at first. What route goes where? What times do they come by each stop on the route? Fortunately, this is where bus maps come in. A bus map provides an outline of all the stops along a route, along with a timetable showing when it will stop at each location. […]



How to Read Piano Music

The most complex part of learning the piano is reading the notes and then playing the note that you read. Here are tips to help you. Reading music is crucial to playing and their is no shortcut. You can use flashcards and memorize the notes, but not know where the notes are on the piano. […]