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Units for Middle School

Earth And Space Sciences

Earth's Place In The Universe

Focus: Space systems related to Earth and how these systems influence life.

Topics: Moon phases, rotation and revolution, the solar system.

Applications: By studying Earth and space systems, students learn how scientists investigate the universe and make discoveries.

NGSS: MS. Space Systems.

Weather Forecasting

Focus: Weather and climate, and human impacts.

Topics: Earth’s spheres; air and winds; energy transfer; weather; climate; and global warming.

Applications: By studying weather, students learn how their behavior can affect Earth’s climate.

NGSS: MS. Weather and Climate. MS. Human Impacts.

The Changing Planet

Focus: Earth’s systems and cycles for recycling materials.

Topics: Water cycle; rock cycle; minerals; the flow of energy; and geoscientific processes.

Applications: By studying Earth’s systems and cycles, students learn how their actions can impact the Earth.

NGSS: MS. Earth’s Systems MS. Human Impacts.

The Story of Earth 

Focus: Organization of Earth’s history on the geologic time scale.
Topics: Geologic time scale; plate tectonics; and fossil evidence. 

Applications: By studying Earth’s history, students consider how Earth today came to be.

NGSS: MS. History of Earth

Life Sciences

Knowing My Body​

Focus: Structure and function of the human body. ​

Topics: Cell structure; tissues; organs; and body systems. ​

Applications: By studying the human body, students learn how choices affect their health. ​
NGSS: MS. Structure, Function, and Information Processing.

The Game of Life

Focus: Reproduction and genetics.

Topics: Plant and animal reproduction; cell reproduction; organism multiplication; heredity; and DNA.

Applications: By studying inheritance, students learn what makes them unique.

NGSS: MS. Growth, Development, and Reproduction of Organisms.

Caring For Our Planet

Focus: Environmental changes that affect life.

Topics: Interactions in ecosystems; species variation; and natural and human impacts.

Applications: By studying the environment, students learn how they impact the planet.

NGSS: MS. Matter & Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems. MS. Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems.

Physical Sciences

Energy Matters

Focus: Uses of energy on Earth.

Topics: Types of energy; energy transformations; temperature; and energy sources.

Applications: By studying energy, students learn how their energy choices affect the health of the planet.

NGSS: MS. Energy.

Properties of Matter ​

Focus: Use of matter on Earth.

Topics: What matter is; forms of matter; how matter is changed; and matter’s properties.

Applications: By studying matter, students learn how matter makes up all things we need and why there are different materials in the universe.

NGSS: MS. Structure and Properties of Matter.

The World of Waves

Focus: Properties of waves and their use in transferring sound, matter, and water waves.

Topics: Models and properties of waves; waves in relation to everyday life; transfer of electromagnetic radiation; and use of signals for transmitting the information.

Applications: By studying waves, students learn how waves are part of everyday life.

NGSS: MS. Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation

Forces And Interactions ​

Focus: Relationship of force and motion on interacting objects.

Topics: Motion; laws of physics; and electric and magnetic forces.

Applications: By studying forces and interactions, students learn how objects and living things move and interact with each other.

NGSS: MS. Forces and Interactions

Foundational Skills

Scientific Models ​

Focus: Purpose and use of scientific models in science.

Topics: Development and evaluation of graphical, mathematical, conceptual, and physical models.

Applications: By studying scientific models, students learn how various models can be used to explore and explain scientific concepts.

NGSS: MS. Engineering Design.

Scientific Experiments ​

Focus: Experimental design and the scientific inquiry process.

Topics: Research questions; hypothesis; experimental design; data analysis; and drawing conclusions.

Applications: By studying the scientific inquiry process and scientific experiments, students learn how they can work as scientists to address questions that interest them.

NGSS: MS. Engineering Design.

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