Every science lesson should include a process skills standard AND a content standard. Additionally, investigations should be conducted to practice multiple process skills EACH nine weeks.

Process Skills Standards

The student will demonstrate an understanding of scientific reasoning, logic and the nature of science by planning and conducting investigations in which 

PS.1 a) chemicals and equipment are used safely;

PS.1 b) length, mass, volume, density, temperature, weight, and force are accurately measured;

PS.1 c) conversions are made among metric units, applying appropriate prefixes;

PS.1 d) triple beam and electronic balances, thermometers, metric rulers, graduated cylinders, probeware, and spring scales are used to gather data;

PS.1 e) numbers are expressed in scientific notation where appropriate;

PS.1 f) independent and dependent variables, constants, controls, and repeated trials are identified;

PS.1 g) data tables showing the independent and dependent variables, derived quantities, and the number of trials are constructed and interpreted;

PS.1 h) data tables for descriptive statistics showing specific measures of central tendency, the range of the data set, and the number of repeated trials are constructed and interpreted;

PS.1 i) frequency distributions, scatterplots, line plots, and histograms are constructed and interpreted;

PS.1 j) valid conclusions are made after analyzing data;

PS.1 k) research methods are used to investigate practical problems and questions;

PS.1 l) experimental results are presented in appropriate written form;

PS.1 m) models and simulations are constructed and used to illustrate and explain phenomena; and

PS.1 n) current applications of physical science concepts are used.


Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

Quarterly Classroom Routines
Review Weather & Measurement; Cycles

Unit 1 – The Nature of Science
(6 days)
6.1 - Science Investigation & Measurement
PS.1 - Scientific Investigation & Measurement

Unit 2 – Forces
(6 days)
PS.10 b, d - Newton's Laws

Unit 3 – Motion
(6 days)
PS.10 - Work, Force, & Motion

Unit 4 – Work & Mechanics
(6 days)
PS.10 c-d - Work, Force, & Power

Unit 5 – Thermal Energy
(8 days)
PS.6 b - Types of Energy
PS.7 a, c-d - Thermal Energy

Unit 6 – Classification of Matter
(6 days)
PS.2 b, d-f - Classification of Matter
BENCHMARK ASSESSMENT CUTOFF

Quarterly Classroom Routines
Review Cells & Heredity; Photosynthesis

Unit 7 – Solids, Liquids, & Gases
(5 days)
6.5 a-b - Properties of Water
6.6 a - Properties of Air
PS.2 a, c - Particle Theory
PS.7 b - Phases Changes

Unit 8 – Solutions
(5 days)
PS.2 b, d-e - Elements, Compounds, & Properties

Unit 9 – Acids, Bases, & Salts
(6 days)
PS.2 b, d-e - Elements, Compounds, & Properties

Unit 10 – Properties of Atoms, The Periodic Table, & Elements
(13 days)
6.4 a-c, g - Atoms, Elements, & Compounds
PS.2 d-f - Properties of Matter
PS.3 - Atomic Structure
PS.4 a-b - Periodic Table

Unit 11 – Chemical Bonds
(6 days)
6.4 d-e - Bonding & Formulas
PS.4 c - Bonding

Unit 12 – Chemical Reactions
(6 days)
6.4 f - Chemical Equations
PS.4 c - Bonding
PS.5 - Changes in Matter

Quarterly Classroom Routines
Review Classification; Animal Adaptations; Ecosystems; Food Chains & Food Webs

Unit 13 – The Solar System
(8 days)
6.8 - The Solar System

Unit 14 – Energy
(10 days)
6.3 a-b, e - Energy, Radiation, Convection, & Thermal Energy
PS.5 a - Matter & Energy Relationships
PS.6 - Types of Energy

Unit 15 – Energy Sources
(10 days)
6.2 - Sources of Energy
6.9 - Public Policy & the Environment

Unit 16 – Waves
(10 days)
PS.8 a-c - Waves

Unit 17 – Sound
(7 days)
PS.6 b - Types of Energy
PS.8 b, d - Resonance

Unit 18 – Electromagnetic Waves
(7 days)
PS.6 b - Types of Energy
PS.9 d - Electromagnetic Spectrum

Quarterly Classroom Routines
Review Energy Flow; Water Sheds; Changes in the Ecosystem & Environment

Unit 19 – Magnetism
(9 days)
PS.11 b-d - Magnetism

Unit 20 – Electricity
(9 days)
PS.11 a - Electricity

Unit 21 – Light
(7 days)
PS.6 b - Types of Energy
PS.9 a-b - Wave Characteristics

Unit 22 – Mirrors & Lenses
(7 days)
PS.9 c, e - Lenses & Mirrors

SOL REVIEW & ASSESSMENTS

38 Days 41 Days 52 Days 49 Days
ELL 6-12 Standards