Science & Engineering Practices

- Asking questions and defining problems
- Developing and using models
- Planning and carrying out investigations
- Analyzing and interpreting data
- Using mathematics and computational thinking
- Constructing explanations and designing solutions
- Engaging in argument from evidence
- Obtaining evaluating and communicating information

Disciplinary Core Ideas

Crosscutting Concepts

In this unit, students explore the science phenomena of how energy is transferred in a circuit to do work. In this lesson, students figure out the phenomena affecting the left and right movement of an electric car. This page is a high-level extract of this lesson.

In this unit, students focus on the science phenomena of the relationship between gravity and motion, tracing how gravitational potential energy transforms to kinetic energy in different energy systems. In this lesson, they investigate the relationship between the drop height of a bouncy ball and its rebound height. This page is a high-level extract of this lesson.

In this unit, students explore the relationship between matter and energy using the phenomenon of material properties to discover why certain materials are useful for a particular function. For this lesson, they focus on the role of energy in changing matter during a chemical reaction phenomena between two substances. This page is a high-level extract of this lesson.

In this unit, students connect their explorations of Earth and life sciences with physical sciences with an exploration into the science phenomena of magnetism and electricity. They investigate magnetic fields and electromagnets in this lesson. This page showcases key parts of this lesson.

In this unit, students analyze the science phenomena of connections between energy, forces, and motion. In this lesson, students use data to construct an explanation about phenomena that occur because of the relationships between an object’s kinetic energy, its mass, and its speed. This page provides an overview of this lesson.

In this unit, students explore how communication systems transmit information from one person or place to another. In this lesson, students use what they know about the science phenomena of electromagnets and magnetic fields to design a speaker, a common decoding device in many audio technologies. This page highlights key components of this lesson.

In this unit, students build on what they know about the science phenomena of energy transfer to focus on information transfer and how different technologies use patterns of sound, light, or numbers to transmit information. This page showcases key components of this lesson.

In this unit, students focus on the science phenomena of sound and hearing. Students begin with this lesson that has them exploring how sound causes matter to vibrate and how it moves differently through solids and liquids. This page highlights each component of this lesson.

In this unit, students analyze the science phenomenon of how sound is a form of energy that travels through vibrating molecules. They test whether sound travels through both liquid and solid mediums and observe how sound makes sand particles vibrate. In this lesson, students apply their scientific knowledge of sound to an engineering challenge.

In this unit, students focus on the science phenomenon of light energy, investigating how it travels in a straight line and interacts with matter. Students apply their knowledge to design a prototype with mirrors and water that creates rainbows. This page showcases each component of the lesson.

*Next Generation Science Standards: For States, By State*s. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. Neither WestEd nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of this product, and do not endorse it.

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