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 apply what they have previously learned about forces, motion, and matter to the solar system, focusing on the phenomena of gravity’s role in the universe. In this lesson, students engineer a solution to collisions between moving objects in space. This page is a high-level extract of this lesson.

In this unit, students explore phenomena related to the relationship between forces and motion and how energy is converted from one form to another in an energy system. This page is a high-level extract of the first lesson from this unit which has students investigating the connection between an object’s mass and the force needed to change its motion.

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 the relationship between the phenomena of forces and motion and how energy is converted from one form to another in an energy system. In this lesson, students design a vehicle that can travel over a surface on a cushion of air. This page highlights key parts of this lesson.

In this unit, students are introduced to the phenomena of magnetic and electric fields as they explore how objects can interact with other objects without coming into contact with them. For this lesson, students apply scientific concepts to engineer wind turbines that use a generator to produce electricity. This page provides an overview of this lesson.

In this unit, students focus on the properties of different kinds of waves and the relationship between waves and energy. In this lesson, students design a simple seismograph using what they know about the properties of seismic waves produced by earthquakes. This page is a high-level extract of this lesson.

In this unit, students explore the science phenomenon of electric currents and electrical energy. In this lesson, students figure out energy transfers, electricity, and circuits in the context of an electromagnetic motor system. This page showcases each key section of this 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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