• 7th Grade Standards

    Structure and Function Unit

    • MS-LS1-1.  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.  Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole  and ways parts of cells contribute to the function. 
    •  MS-LS1-3.  Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.
    •  MS-LS1-6. 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.  Develop a model to describe how food is rearranged through chemical  reactions forming new molecules that support growth and/or release energy as  this matter moves through an organism. 
    •  MS-LS1-8.  Gather and synthesize information that sensory receptors respond to  stimuli by sending messages to the brain for immediate behavior or storage as  memories.  
    •   MS-LS4-2.  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.  Analyze displays of pictorial data to compare patterns of similarities in embryological development across multiple species to identify relationships not  evident in the fully formed anatomy.

    Genes and Molecular Machines Unit

    • MS-LS1-1.  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.  Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole  and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.  
    •  MS-LS1-3.  Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.
    •  MS-LS1-6. 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.  Develop a model to describe how food is rearranged through chemical  reactions forming new molecules that support growth and/or release energy as  this matter moves through an organism.  
    •  MS-LS1-8.  Gather and synthesize information that sensory receptors respond to  stimuli by sending messages to the brain for immediate behavior or storage as  memories.  
    •   MS-LS4-2.  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.  Analyze displays of pictorial data to compare patterns of similarities in embryological development across multiple species to identify relationships not  evident in the fully formed anatomy.

    Ecosystems and Their Interactions Unit

    MS-LS1-5. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how
    environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.


    MS-LS1-6. 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-LS2-1. 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. Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions
    among organisms across multiple ecosystems.

    MS-LS2-3. Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of
    energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.

    MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that
    changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect
    populations.

    MS-LS2-5. Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity
    and ecosystem services.

    MS-LS4-4. 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-LS4-6. Use mathematical representations to support explanations of
    how natural selection may lead to increases and decreases of specific traits
    in populations over time.

    MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring
    and minimizing a human impact on the environment.

    MS-ETS1-1. 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. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process
    to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

     

    8th grade standards

    Matter and Its Interactions
    MS-PS1-1.
    Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple
    molecules and extended structures.

    MS-PS1-2.
    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.
    Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic
    materials come from natural resources and impact society.

    MS-PS1-4.
    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.
    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.
    Undertake a design project to construct, test, and modify a device
    that either releases or absorbs thermal energy by chemical processes.

    MS-PS3-4.
    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-ETS1-1.
    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.
    Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process
    to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

    MS-ETS1-3.
    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-ETS1-4.
    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.

    Space Systems and Explorations

    MS-ESS1-1. Develop and use a model of the Earth-Sun-Moon
    system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of
    the Sun and Moon, and seasons.

    MS-ESS1-2. Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity
    in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.

    MS-ESS1-3. Analyze and interpret data to determine scale
    properties of objects in the solar system.

    MS-PS2-4. Construct and present arguments using evidence to
    support the claim that gravitational interactions are attractive and
    depend on the masses of interacting objects.

    MS-ETS1-1. 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. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic
    process to determine how well they meet the criteria and
    constraints of the problem.

    MS-ETS1-3. 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- 4. 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.

    Weather and Climate Systems

    MS-ESS2-4. 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. Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and
    complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions.

    MS-ESS2-6. Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and
    rotation of Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that
    determine regional climates.

    MS-ESS3-2. Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future
    catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate
    their effects.

    MS-ESS3-4. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases
    in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources
    impact Earth’s systems.

    MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused
    the rise in global temperatures over the past century.

    MS-ETS1-1. 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. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process
    to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

    MS-PS3-4. 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.