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CA.CC.RST.6-8.Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects
Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas RST.6-8.7. Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
RST.6-8.9. Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.
Craft and Structure RST.6-8.4. Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6–8 texts and topics.
CA.CC.WHST.6-8.Writing Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects
Writing Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects
Research to Build and Present Knowledge WHST.6-8.7. Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
Production and Distribution of Writing WHST.6-8.4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Text Types and Purposes WHST.6-8.2. Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes. WHST.6-8.2.a. Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories as appropriate to achieving purpose; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
WHST.6-8.2.f. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.
CA.IE.Investigation and Experimentation
Investigation and Experimentation
IE.7. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept and addressing the content in the other three strands, students should develop their own questions and perform investigations. Students will: IE.7.a. Select and use appropriate tools and technology (including calculators, computers, balances, spring scales, microscopes, and binoculars) to perform tests, collect data, and display data.
IE.7.c. Communicate the logical connection among hypotheses, science concepts, tests conducted, data collected, and conclusions drawn from the scientific evidence.
IE.7.d. Construct scale models, maps, and appropriately labeled diagrams to communicate scientific knowledge (e.g., motion of Earth's plates and cell structure).
CA.LS.Focus on Life Sciences
Physical Principles in Living Systems (Physical Science) LS.6. Physical principles underlie biological structures and functions. As a basis for understanding this concept: LS.6.a. Students know visible light is a small band within a very broad electromagnetic spectrum. Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game Light Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Light
LS.6.b. Students know that for an object to be seen, light emitted by or scattered from it must be detected by the eye.
LS.6.c. Students know light travels in straight lines if the medium it travels through does not change.
LS.6.d. Students know how simple lenses are used in a magnifying glass, the eye, a camera, a telescope, and a microscope.
LS.6.e. Students know that white light is a mixture of many wavelengths (colors) and that retinal cells react differently to different wavelengths. Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game Light Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Light
LS.6.f. Students know light can be reflected, refracted, transmitted, and absorbed by matter.
LS.6.h. Students know how to compare joints in the body (wrist, shoulder, thigh) with structures used in machines and simple devices (hinge, ball-and-socket, and sliding joints).
LS.6.i. Students know how levers confer mechanical advantage and how the application of this principle applies to the musculoskeletal system.
LS.6.j. Students know that contractions of the heart generate blood pressure and that heart valves prevent backflow of blood in the circulatory system.
Structure and Function in Living Systems LS.5. The anatomy and physiology of plants and animals illustrate the complementary nature of structure and function. As a basis for understanding this concept: LS.5.a. Students know plants and animals have levels of organization for structure and function, including cells, tissues, organs, organ systems, and the whole organism.
LS.5.b. Students know organ systems function because of the contributions of individual organs, tissues, and cells. The failure of any part can affect the entire system.
LS.5.c. Students know how bones and muscles work together to provide a structural framework for movement.
LS.5.d. Students know how the reproductive organs of the human female and male generate eggs and sperm and how sexual activity may lead to fertilization and pregnancy.
LS.5.e. Students know the function of the umbilicus and placenta during pregnancy.
LS.5.f. Students know the structures and processes by which flowering plants generate pollen, ovules, seeds, and fruit.
LS.5.g. Students know how to relate the structures of the eye and ear to their functions.
Earth and Life History (Earth Science) LS.4. Evidence from rocks allows us to understand the evolution of life on Earth. As a basis for understanding this concept: LS.4.a. Students know Earth processes today are similar to those that occurred in the past and slow geologic processes have large cumulative effects over long periods of time. Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game Fossils Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Fossils
LS.4.b. Students know the history of life on Earth has been disrupted by major catastrophic events, such as major volcanic eruptions or the impacts of asteroids.
LS.4.c. Students know that the rock cycle includes the formation of new sediment and rocks and that rocks are often found in layers, with the oldest generally on the bottom. Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Rocks Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game Rocks
LS.4.d. Students know that evidence from geologic layers and radioactive dating indicates Earth is approximately 4.6 billion years old and that life on this planet has existed for more than 3 billion years.
LS.4.e. Students know fossils provide evidence of how life and environmental conditions have changed.
LS.4.f. Students know how movements of Earth's continental and oceanic plates through time, with associated changes in climate and geographic connections, have affected the past and present distribution of organisms.
LS.4.g. Students know how to explain significant developments and extinctions of plant and animal life on the geologic time scale.
Evolution LS.3. Biological evolution accounts for the diversity of species developed through gradual processes over many generations. As a basis for understanding this concept: LS.3.a. Students know both genetic variation and environmental factors are causes of evolution and diversity of organisms.
LS.3.b. Students know the reasoning used by Charles Darwin in reaching his conclusion that natural selection is the mechanism of evolution.
LS.3.c. Students know how independent lines of evidence from geology, fossils, and comparative anatomy provide the bases for the theory of evolution.
LS.3.d. Students know how to construct a simple branching diagram to classify living groups of organisms by shared derived characteristics and how to expand the diagram to include fossil organisms.
Genetics LS.2. A typical cell of any organism contains genetic instructions that specify its traits. Those traits may be modified by environmental influences. As a basis for under-standing this concept: LS.2.a. Students know the differences between the life cycles and reproduction methods of sexual and asexual organisms.
LS.2.b. Students know sexual reproduction produces offspring that inherit half their genes from each parent.
LS.2.c. Students know an inherited trait can be determined by one or more genes.
LS.2.d. Students know plant and animal cells contain many thousands of different genes and typically have two copies of every gene. The two copies (or alleles) of the gene may or may not be identical, and one may be dominant in determining the phenotype while the other is recessive.
LS.2.e. Students know DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is the genetic material of living organisms and is located in the chromosomes of each cell.
Cell Biology LS.1. All living organisms are composed of cells, from just one to many trillions, whose details usually are visible only through a microscope. As a basis for understanding this concept: LS.1.a. Students know cells function similarly in all living organisms.
LS.1.b. Students know the characteristics that distinguish plant cells from animal cells, including chloroplasts and cell walls.
LS.1.c. Students know the nucleus is the repository for genetic information in plant and animal cells.
LS.1.d. Students know that mitochondria liberate energy for the work that cells do and that chloroplasts capture sunlight energy for photosynthesis.
LS.1.e. Students know cells divide to increase their numbers through a process of mitosis, which results in two daughter cells with identical sets of chromosomes.
LS.1.f. Students know that as multicellular organisms develop, their cells differentiate.