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
Properties and changes of properties in matter
Motions and forces
Transfer of energy
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 in the solar system
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Abilities of technological design
Understandings about science and technology
SCIENCE IN PERSONAL AND SOCIAL PERSPECTIVES
Population, resources, and environments
Risks and benefits
Science and technology in society
HISTORY AND NATURE OF SCIENCE
Science as a human endeavor
Nature of science
History of science