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This collections contains many resources suitable for a middle school science teacher, and which comply with the National Education Science Education Standards. The eight categories of content standards are Unifying concepts and processes in science. Science as inquiry. Physical science. Life science. Earth and space science. Science and technology. Science in personal and social perspectives. History and nature of science. The sequence of the seven grade-level content standards is not arbitrary: Each standard subsumes the knowledge and skills of other standards. Students' understandings and abilities are grounded in the experience of inquiry, and inquiry is the foundation for the development of understandings and abilities of the other content standards. The personal and social aspects of science are emphasized increasingly in the progression from science as inquiry standards to the history and nature of science standards. Students need solid knowledge and understanding in physical, life, and earth and space science if they are to apply science. Multidisciplinary perspectives also increase from the subject-matter standards to the standard on the history and nature of science, providing many opportunities for integrated approaches to science teaching. Content Standards, Grades 5-8 UNIFYING CONCEPTS AND PROCESSES Systems, order, and organization Evidence, models, and explanation Change, constancy, and measurement Evolution and equilibrium Form and function SCIENCE AS INQUIRY Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry Understandings about scientific inquiry PHSYICAL SCIENCE Properties and changes of properties in matter Motions and forces Transfer of energy LIFE SCIENCE Structure and function in living systmes Reproduction and heredity Regulation and behavior Populations and ecosystems Diversity and adaptations of organisms EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE Structure of the earth system Earth’s history Earth in the solar system SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Abilities of technological design Understandings about science and technology SCIENCE IN PERSONAL AND SOCIAL PERSPECTIVES Personal health Population, resources, and environments Natural hazards Risks and benefits Science and technology in society HISTORY AND NATURE OF SCIENCE Science as a human endeavor Nature of science History of science


  • Science > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8


middle school physical life earth integrated



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Curriki Rating
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On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-11-28.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This unit is designed for elementary students and begins a brief history of aeronautics, then leads into a set of developmentally appropriate activities divided into three chapters: Air, Flight and We Can Fly, You and I. Each hands-on activity begins with objectives, education standards and skills, and background material for the subject matter in the activity. Procedures and student handouts are clear and assessment and extensions are included. Each of the three sections ends with a list of suggested interdisciplinary activities. Student handouts can easily be used with pre-literate students.

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