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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.9. 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.9.c. Distinguish between variable and controlled parameters in a test.
IE.9.d. Recognize the slope of the linear graph as the constant in the relationship y = kx and apply this principle in interpreting graphs constructed from data.
IE.9.e. Construct appropriate graphs from data and develop quantitative statements about the relationships between variables. Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Motion Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game Motion
IE.9.f. Apply simple mathematic relationships to determine a missing quantity in a mathematic expression, given the two remaining terms (including speed = distance/time, density = mass/volume, force = pressure x area, volume = area x height). Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Motion Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game Motion
IE.9.g. Distinguish between linear and nonlinear relationships on a graph of data.
CA.PS.Focus on Physical Sciences
Focus on Physical Sciences
Periodic Table PS.7. The organization of the periodic table is based on the properties of the elements and reflects the structure of atoms. As a basis for understanding this concept: PS.7.a. Students know how to identify regions corresponding to metals, nonmetals, and inert gases.
PS.7.b. Students know each element has a specific number of protons in the nucleus (the atomic number) and each isotope of the element has a different but specific number of neutrons in the nucleus.
PS.7.c. Students know substances can be classified by their properties, including their melting temperature, density, hardness, and thermal and electrical conductivity.
Chemistry of Living Systems (Life Science) PS.6. Principles of chemistry underlie the functioning of biological systems. As a basis for understanding this concept: PS.6.a. Students know that carbon, because of its ability to combine in many ways with itself and other elements, has a central role in the chemistry of living organisms.
PS.6.b. Students know that living organisms are made of molecules consisting largely of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, and sulfur.
PS.6.c. Students know that living organisms have many different kinds of molecules, including small ones, such as water and salt, and very large ones, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and DNA.
Reactions PS.5. Chemical reactions are processes in which atoms are rearranged into different combinations of molecules. As a basis for understanding this concept: PS.5.a. Students know reactant atoms and molecules interact to form products with different chemical properties.
PS.5.b. Students know the idea of atoms explains the conservation of matter: In chemical reactions the number of atoms stays the same no matter how they are arranged, so their total mass stays the same.
PS.5.c. Students know chemical reactions usually liberate heat or absorb heat.
PS.5.d. Students know physical processes include freezing and boiling, in which a material changes form with no chemical reaction.
PS.5.e. Students know how to determine whether a solution is acidic, basic, or neutral.
Earth in the Solar System (Earth Science) PS.4. The structure and composition of the universe can be learned from studying stars and galaxies and their evolution. As a basis for understanding this concept: PS.4.a. Students know galaxies are clusters of billions of stars and may have different shapes.
PS.4.b. Students know that the Sun is one of many stars in the Milky Way galaxy and that stars may differ in size, temperature, and color.
PS.4.c. Students know how to use astronomical units and light years as measures of distances between the Sun, stars, and Earth.
PS.4.d. Students know that stars are the source of light for all bright objects in outer space and that the Moon and planets shine by reflected sunlight, not by their own light.
PS.4.e. Students know the appearance, general composition, relative position and size, and motion of objects in the solar system, including planets, planetary satellites, comets, and asteroids.
Structure of Matter PS.3. Each of the more than 100 elements of matter has distinct properties and a distinct atomic structure. All forms of matter are composed of one or more of the elements. As a basis for understanding this concept: PS.3.a. Students know the structure of the atom and know it is composed of protons, neutrons, and electrons.
PS.3.b. Students know that compounds are formed by combining two or more different elements and that compounds have properties that are different from their constituent elements.
PS.3.c. Students know atoms and molecules form solids by building up repeating patterns, such as the crystal structure of NaCl or long-chain polymers.
PS.3.d. Students know the states of matter (solid, liquid, gas) depend on molecular motion.
PS.3.e. Students know that in solids the atoms are closely locked in position and can only vibrate; in liquids the atoms and molecules are more loosely connected and can collide with and move past one another; and in gases the atoms and molecules are free to move independently, colliding frequently.
PS.3.f. Students know how to use the periodic table to identify elements in simple compounds.
Forces PS.2. Unbalanced forces cause changes in velocity. As a basis for understanding this concept: PS.2.a. Students know a force has both direction and magnitude. Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game Forces Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Forces Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Motion Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game Motion
PS.2.b. Students know when an object is subject to two or more forces at once, the result is the cumulative effect of all the forces.
PS.2.c. Students know when the forces on an object are balanced, the motion of the object does not change. Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game Forces Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Forces
PS.2.d. Students know how to identify separately the two or more forces that are acting on a single static object, including gravity, elastic forces due to tension or compression in matter, and friction. Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game Forces Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Forces
PS.2.e. Students know that when the forces on an object are unbalanced, the object will change its velocity (that is, it will speed up, slow down, or change direction). Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Motion Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game Motion
PS.2.f. Students know the greater the mass of an object, the more force is needed to achieve the same rate of change in motion. Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game Forces Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Forces
PS.2.g. Students know the role of gravity in forming and maintaining the shapes of planets, stars, and the solar system.
Motion PS.1. The velocity of an object is the rate of change of its position. As a basis for under-standing this concept: PS.1.b. Students know that average speed is the total distance traveled divided by the total time elapsed and that the speed of an object along the path traveled can vary. Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Motion Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game Motion
PS.1.c. Students know how to solve problems involving distance, time, and average speed. Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Motion Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game Motion
PS.1.d. Students know the velocity of an object must be described by specifying both the direction and the speed of the object. Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Motion Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game Motion
PS.1.e. Students know changes in velocity may be due to changes in speed, direction, or both. Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Motion Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game Motion
PS.1.f. Students know how to interpret graphs of position versus time and graphs of speed versus time for motion in a single direction. Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Motion Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game Motion