• Science Curriculum

     
    St. Patrick School Middle School follows the Next Generation Science Standards for grades 6-8 
     

     

    MS NGSS Earth Science I Can Statements
     

    Standard Met

    Standard #

    I Can Statement

     

     

    Earth’s Place in the Universe

     

    MS-ESS1-1

    I can develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns if lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons.

     

    MS-ESS1-2

    I can develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.

     

    MS-ESS1-3

    I can analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.

     

    MS-ESS1-4

    I can construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic timescale is used to organize Earth’s 4.6-billion-year-old history.

     

     

    Earth’s Systems

     

    MS-ESS2-1

    I can develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.

     

    MS-ESS2-2

    I can construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.

     

    MS-ESS2-3

    I can analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of past plate motions.

     

    MS-ESS2-4

    I can develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth’s systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.

     

    MS-ESS2-5

    I can collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses result in changes in weather conditions.

     

    MS-ESS2-6

    I can develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climate.

     

     

    Earth & Human Activity

     

    MS-ESS3-1

    I can construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distribution of Earth’s mineral, energy, & groundwater resources are the result of past &current geoscience processes.

     

    MS-ESS3-2

    I can analyze & interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events & inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effect.

     

    MS-ESS3-3

    I can apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring & minimizing a human impact on the environment.

     

    MS-ESS3-4

    I can construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population & per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.

     

    MS-ESS3-5

    I can ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.

     

     

    Engineering Design

     

    MS-ETS1-1

    I can define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

     

    MS-ETS1-2

    I can evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

     

    MS-ETS1-3

    I can analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

     

    MS-ETS1-3

    I can develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.

     
     

     

    MS NGSS Life Science I Can Statements
     

    Standard Met

    Standard #

    I Can Statement

     

     

    From Molecules to Organisms: Structures & Processes

     

    MS-LS1-1

    I can conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.

     

    MS-LS1-2

    I can develop & use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways the parts of cells contribute to the function.

     

    MS-LS1-3

    I can use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of inter-acting sub-systems composed of groups of cells.

     

    MS-LS1-4

    I can use argument based on empirical evidence & scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals & plants.

     

    MS-LS1-5

    I can construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental & genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.

     

    MS-LS1-6

    I can construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.

     

    MS-LS1-7

    I can develop a model to describe how food is rearranged through chemical reactions forming new molecules that support growth and/or release energy as the matter moves through an organism.

     

    MS-LS1-8

    I can gather & synthesize information that sensory receptors respond to stimuli by sending messages to the brain for immediate behavior or storage as memories.

     

     

    Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, & Dynamics

     

    MS-LS2-1

    I can analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.

     

    MS-LS2-2

    I can construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems

     

    MS-LS2-3

    I can develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem

     

    MS-LS2-4

    I can construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.

     

    MS-LS2-5

    I can evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.

     

     

    Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits

     

    MS-LS3-1

    I can develop and use a model to describe why structural changes to genes (mutations) located on chromosomes may affect proteins and may result in harmful, beneficial, or neutral effects to the structure and function of the organism.

     

    MS-LS3-2

    I can develop and use a model to describe why asexual reproduction results in offspring with identical genetic information and sexual reproduction results in offspring with genetic variation.

     

     

    Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

     

    MS-LS4-1

    I can analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past.

     

    MS-LS4-2

    I can apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships.

     

    MS-LS4-3

    I can analyze displays of pictorial data to compare patterns of similarities in the embryological development across multiple species to identify relationships not evident in the fully formed anatomy.

     

    MS-LS4-4

    I can construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variations of traits in a population increase some individuals’ probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment.

     

    MS-LS4-4

    I can gather and synthesize information about the technologies that have changed the way humans influence the inheritance of desired traits in organisms.

     

    MS-LS4-6

    I can use mathematical representations to support explanations of how natural selection may lead to increases and decreases of specific traits in populations over time.

     

     

    Engineering Design

     

    MS-ETS1-1

    I can define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

     

    MS-ETS1-2

    I can evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

     

    MS-ETS1-3

    I can analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

     

    MS-ETS1-3

    I can develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.

     
     

    MS NGSS Physical Science I Can Statements

    Standard Met

    Standard #

    I Can Statement

     

     

    Matter and Its Interactions

     

    MS-PS1-1

    I can develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.

     

    MS-PS1-2

    I can analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.

     

    MS-PS1-3

    I can gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society.

     

    MS-PS1-4

    I can develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.

     

    MS-PS1-5

    I can develop and use a model to describe how the total number of atoms does not change in a chemical reaction and thus mass is conserved.

     

    MS-PS1-6

    I can undertake a design project to construct, test, and modify a device that either releases or absorbs thermal energy by chemical processes.

     

     

    Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

     

    MS-PS2-1

    I can apply Newton’s Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects.

     

    MS-PS2-2

    I can plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object.

     

    MS-PS2-3

    I can ask questions about data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces.

     

    MS-PS2-4

    I can construct and present arguments using evidence to support the claim that gravitational interactions are attractive and depend on the masses of interacting objects.

     

    MS-PS2-5

    I can conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact.

     

     

    Energy

     

    MS-PS3-1

    I can construct and interpret graphical displays of data to describe the relationships of kinetic energy to the mass of an object and to the speed of an object.

     

    MS-PS3-2

    I can develop a model to describe that when the arrangement of objects interacting at a distance changes, different amounts of potential energy are stored in the system.

     

    MS-PS3-3

    I can apply scientific principles to design, construct, and test a device that either minimizes or maximizes thermal energy transfer.

     

    MS-PS3-4

    I can plan an investigation to determine the relationships among the energy transferred, the type of matter, the mass, and the change in the average kinetic energy of the particles as measured by the temperature of the sample.

     

    MS-PS3-5

    I can construct, use, and present arguments to support the claim that when the kinetic energy of an object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object.

     

     

    Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer

     

    MS-PS4-1

    I can use mathematical representations to describe a simple model for waves that includes how the amplitude of a wave is related to the energy in a wave.

     

    MS-PS4-2

    I can develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.

     

    MS-PS4-3

    I can integrate qualitative scientific and technical information to support the claim that digitized signals are a more reliable way to encode and transmit information than analog signals.

     

     

    Engineering Design

     

    MS-ETS1-1

    I can define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

     

    MS-ETS1-2

    I can evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

     

    MS-ETS1-3

    I can analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

     

    MS-ETS1-3

    I can develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.

     
     

     

    MS NGSS Physical Science I Can Statements

    Standard Met

    Standard #

    I Can Statement

     

     

    Matter and Its Interactions

     

    MS-PS1-1

    I can develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.

     

    MS-PS1-2

    I can analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.

     

    MS-PS1-3

    I can gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society.

     

    MS-PS1-4

    I can develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.

     

    MS-PS1-5

    I can develop and use a model to describe how the total number of atoms does not change in a chemical reaction and thus mass is conserved.

     

    MS-PS1-6

    I can undertake a design project to construct, test, and modify a device that either releases or absorbs thermal energy by chemical processes.

     

     

    Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

     

    MS-PS2-1

    I can apply Newton’s Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects.

     

    MS-PS2-2

    I can plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object.

     

    MS-PS2-3

    I can ask questions about data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces.

     

    MS-PS2-4

    I can construct and present arguments using evidence to support the claim that gravitational interactions are attractive and depend on the masses of interacting objects.

     

    MS-PS2-5

    I can conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact.

     

     

    Energy

     

    MS-PS3-1

    I can construct and interpret graphical displays of data to describe the relationships of kinetic energy to the mass of an object and to the speed of an object.

     

    MS-PS3-2

    I can develop a model to describe that when the arrangement of objects interacting at a distance changes, different amounts of potential energy are stored in the system.

     

    MS-PS3-3

    I can apply scientific principles to design, construct, and test a device that either minimizes or maximizes thermal energy transfer.

     

    MS-PS3-4

    I can plan an investigation to determine the relationships among the energy transferred, the type of matter, the mass, and the change in the average kinetic energy of the particles as measured by the temperature of the sample.

     

    MS-PS3-5

    I can construct, use, and present arguments to support the claim that when the kinetic energy of an object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object.

     

     

    Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer

     

    MS-PS4-1

    I can use mathematical representations to describe a simple model for waves that includes how the amplitude of a wave is related to the energy in a wave.

     

    MS-PS4-2

    I can develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.

     

    MS-PS4-3

    I can integrate qualitative scientific and technical information to support the claim that digitized signals are a more reliable way to encode and transmit information than analog signals.

     

     

    Engineering Design

     

    MS-ETS1-1

    I can define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

     

    MS-ETS1-2

    I can evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

     

    MS-ETS1-3

    I can analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

     

    MS-ETS1-3

    I can develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.