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Earth Science

 

In this unit of study, students use information and models to identify and represent the shapes and kinds of land and bodies of water in an area and where water is found on Earth. The crosscutting concept of patterns is called out as an organizing concept for these disciplinary core ideas. Students demonstrate grade-appropriate proficiency in developing and using models and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information. Students are also expected to use these practices to demonstrate understanding of the core ideas.

 

In addition, students apply their understanding of the idea that wind and water can change the shape of land to compare design solutions to slow or prevent such change. The crosscutting concepts of stability and change; structure and function; and the influence of engineering, technology, and science on society and the natural world are called out as organizing concepts for these disciplinary core ideas. Students demonstrate grade-appropriate proficiency in asking questions and defining problems, developing and using models, and constructing explanations and designing solutions. Students are also expected to use these practices to demonstrate understanding of the core ideas.

 

 

Physical Science

 

This unit of study asks students to demonstrate an understanding of observable properties of a variety of materials through analysis and classification. Students will access crosscutting concepts of patterns, cause and effect, the influence of engineering, technology, and energy and matter, are used  as tools to organize concepts for the disciplinary core ideas. Students demonstrate grade appropriate proficiency in planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, constructing explanations, designing solutions, and using their evidence to support their arguments.  Understanding of core ideas will be evidenced through students use of these practices.

 

 

Life Science

 

 In this unit of study, students develop an understanding of what plants need to grow and how plants depend on animals for seed dispersal and pollination. Students also compare the diversity of life in different habitats. The crosscutting concepts of cause and effect and structure and function are called out as organizing concepts for these disciplinary core ideas. Students demonstrate grade-appropriate proficiency in planning and carrying out investigations and developing and using models. Students are also expected to use these practices to demonstrate understanding of the core ideas.