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Pushes and Pulls; COAcademic StandardsKindergartenSC.K.1.1Pushes and pulls can have different strengths and directions, and can change the speed or direction of an object’s motion or start or stop it.1
Sunlight Warms the Earth; COAcademic StandardsKindergartenSC.K.1.2Sunlight affects the Earth’s surface.1
Living vs. Non-Living Things; Plants Need Water And Light; Animals Need Food; COAcademic StandardsKindergartenSC.K.2.1To live and grow, animals obtain food they need from plants or other animals, and plants need water and light.1
Introduction to Weather; Reducing Our Impact on Earth;COAcademic StandardsKindergartenSC.K.3.1Patterns are observed when measuring the local weather, including how humans and other organisms impact their environment.1
Habitats; COAcademic StandardsKindergartenSC.K.3.2Plants and animals meet their needs in their habitats and impact one another; people can prepare for severe weather.1
Introduction to Sound; COAcademic StandardsFirst GradeSC.1.1.1Sound can make matter vibrate and vibrating matter can make sound.1
External Animal Parts; Parts of a Plant; Inspired by Nature (Biomimicry); COAcademic StandardsFirst GradeSC.1.2.1All organisms have external parts that they use to perform daily functions.1
Introduction to Traits; COAcademic StandardsFirst GradeSC.1.2.2Young organisms are very much, but not exactly, like their parents, and also resemble other organisms of the same kind.1
Patterns in the Sky; COAcademic StandardsFirst GradeSC.1.3.1Patterns of movement of the sun, moon and stars as seen from Earth can be observed, described and predicted.1
Solids, Liquids and Gases; Material Properties and Purposes; COAcademic StandardsSecond GradeSC.2.1.1Matter exists as different substances that have observable different properties.1
Plant Growth Conditions; Pollination and Seed Dispersal; COAcademic StandardsSecond GradeSC.2.2.1Plants depend on water and light to grow and on animals for pollination or to move their seeds around.1
Biodiversity of Life on Earth; COAcademic StandardsSecond GradeSC.2.2.2A range of different organisms lives in different places.1
Timescale of Earth's Events; COAcademic StandardsSecond GradeSC.2.3.1Some events on Earth occur quickly; others can occur very slowly.1
Changing the Shape of Land; COAcademic StandardsSecond GradeSC.2.3.2Wind and water can change the shape of the land; models can show the shape and these changes to the land.1
Adaptations and the Environment; Ecosystems; COAcademic StandardsThird GradeSC.3.2.5Sometimes differences in characteristics between individuals of the same species provide advantages in survival and reproduction.2
Animal Group Behavior;COAcademic StandardsThird GradeSC.3.2.2Being part of a group helps animals obtain food, defend themselves and cope with changes.2
Animal & Plant Life Cycles;COAcademic StandardsThird GradeSC.3.2.1Organisms have unique and diverse life cycles.2
Balanced & Unbalanced Forces;COAcademic StandardsThird GradeSC.3.1.1Patterns of motion can be used to predict future motion.2
Collisions;COAcademic StandardsFourth GradeSC.4.1.3When objects collide contact forces transfer so as to change objects’ motion.2
Collisions; Energy Transfer; COAcademic StandardsFourth GradeSC.4.1.1The faster an object moves the more energy it has.2
Conservation of Matter; COAcademic StandardsFifth GradeSC.5.1.2Chemical Reactions that occur when substances are mixed can be identified by the emergence of substances with different properties; the total mass remains the same.2
Earth’s Orbit and Rotation;COAcademic StandardsFifth GradeSC.5.3.2Earth’s orbit and rotation and the orbit of the moon around earth cause observable patterns.2
Earth's Landscapes; Fossils & Extinction; COAcademic StandardsFourth GradeSC.4.3.1Earth has changed over time.2
Energy Transfer;COAcademic StandardsFourth GradeSC.4.1.2Energy can be moved from place to place.2
Energy Transfer; COAcademic StandardsFourth GradeSC.4.1.4Energy can be produced, used or released by converting stored energy.2
Extreme Weather Solutions;COAcademic StandardsThird GradeSC.3.3.2A variety of weather hazards result from natural process; humans cannot eliminate weather-related hazards but can reduce their impacts.2
Extreme Weather Solutions; Natural Disasters; COAcademic StandardsFourth GradeSC.4.3.5A variety of hazards result from natural process; humans cannot eliminate natural hazards but can reduce their impacts’ effect.2
Food Webs;COAcademic StandardsFifth GradeSC.5.2.2Matter cycles between air and soil and among plants, animals and microbes as these organisms live and die.2
Fossils & Extinction;COAcademic StandardsThird GradeSC.3.2.4Some living organisms resemble organisms that once lived on Earth.2
Gravity Pulls Things Down (K-2 Series)COAcademic StandardsFifth GradeSC.5.1.3The gravitational force of Earth acting on an object near Earth’s surface pulls that object toward the planet’s center.2
How Do We Use Food; COAcademic StandardsFifth GradeSC.5.2.1Plants acquire their material from growth chiefly from air and water.2
How Do We Use Food; Food Webs;COAcademic StandardsFifth GradeSC.5.1.4The energy released from food was once energy from the sun.2
Information Transfer; COAcademic StandardsFourth GradeSC.4.1.7Patterns can encode, send, receive and decode information.2
Interactions of Earth’s Spheres;COAcademic StandardsFifth GradeSC.5.3.3Earth’s major systems interact in multiple ways to affect Earth’s surface materials and processes.2
Light Reflection & Vision; COAcademic StandardsFourth GradeSC.4.1.6An object can be seen when light reflected from its surface enters the eyes.2
Magnets & Static Electricity;COAcademic StandardsThird GradeSC.3.1.2Objects in contact exert forces on each other; electric and magnetic forces between a pair of objects do not require contact.2
Natural Disasters;COAcademic StandardsFourth GradeSC.4.3.3Earth’s physical features occur in patterns.2
Particle Nature of Matter;COAcademic StandardsFifth GradeSC.5.1.1Matter exists as particles that are too small to be seen; measurements of a variety of observable properties can be used to identify particular materials.2
Renewable vs. Nonrenewable Resources; COAcademic StandardsFourth GradeSC.4.3.4Energy and fuels that humans use are derived from natural sources and their use affects the environment in multiple ways.2
Structure of Living Things; Brain Processing of Senses;COAcademic StandardsFourth GradeSC.4.2.1Organisms have both internal and external structures that serve various functions.2
Sun and Other Stars;COAcademic StandardsFifth GradeSC.5.3.1Stars range greatly in size and distance from Earth, and this can explain their relative brightness.2
Variation of Traits; COAcademic StandardsThird GradeSC.3.2.3Different organisms vary in how they look and function because they have different inherited information; the environment also affects the traits that an organism develops.2
Water Quality & Distribution; COAcademic StandardsFifth GradeSC.5.3.4Most of Earth’s water is in the ocean and much of Earth’s freshwater in glaciers or underground.2
Water Quality & Distribution; Interactions of Earth’s Spheres;COAcademic StandardsFifth GradeSC.5.3.5Societal activities have had major effects on land, ocean, atmosphere and even outer space.2
Wave Properties;COAcademic StandardsFourth GradeSC.4.1.5Waves are regular patterns of motion.2
Weather vs. Climate; COAcademic StandardsThird GradeSC.3.3.1Climate describes patterns of typical weather conditions over different scales and variations; historical weather patterns can be analyzed.2
Weathering & Erosion;COAcademic StandardsFourth GradeSC.4.3.2Four major earth systems interact.2
Atoms & Molecules;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.1.1The fact that matter is composed of atoms and molecules can be used to explain the properties of substances, diversity of materials, states of matter and phases changes.
Digital vs. Analog Signals;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.1.10Designed technologies can transmit digital information as wave pulses.
Chemical Reactions;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.1.2Reacting substances rearrange to form different molecules, but the number of atoms is conserved. Some reactions release energy and others absorb energy.
Newton’s Laws of Motion;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.1.3Motion is described relative to a reference frame that must be shared with others and is determined by the sum of the forces acting on it. The greater the mass of the object, the greater the force needed to achieve the same change in motion.
Electric & Magnetic Fields; Gravitational Forces Between Objects;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.1.4Forces that act a distance (gravitational, electric, and magnetic) can be explained by force fields that extend through space and can be mapped by their effect on a test object.
Potential vs. Kinetic Energy;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.1.5Kinetic energy can be distinguished from the various forms of potential energy.
Heat: Transfer of Thermal Energy;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.1.6Energy changes to and from each type can be tracked through physical or chemical interactions. The relationship between the temperature and the total energy of a system depends on the types, states and amounts of matter.
Newton’s Laws of Motion;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.1.7When two objects interact, each one exerts a force on the other that can cause energy to be transferred to and from the object.
Wave Reflection, Absorption & Transmittance;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.1.8A simple wave model has a repeating pattern with specific wavelength, frequency, and amplitude and mechanical waves need a medium through which they are transmitted. This model can explain many phenomena which include light and sound.
Wave Reflection, Absorption & Transmittance;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.1.9A wave model of light is useful to explain how light interacts with objects through a variety of properties.
Plant & Animal Cells;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.2.1All living things are made up of cells, which is the smallest unit that can be said to be alive.
Natural Selection;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.2.10Genetic variations among individuals in a population give some individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing in their environment.
Natural Selection;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.2.11Adaptation by natural selection acting over generations is one important process by which species change over time in response to changes in environmental conditions.
Maintaining Biodiversity;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.2.12Biodiversity is the wide range of existing life forms that have adapted to the variety of conditions on Earth, from terrestrial to marine ecosystems.
Reproduction of Living Things;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.2.2Organisms reproduce, either sexually or asexually, and transfer their genetic information to their offspring.
Food Webs: Cycling of Matter & Flow of Energy;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.2.3Sustaining life requires substantial energy and matter inputs.
Multicellular Organisms;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.2.4Each sense receptor responds to different inputs (electromagnetic, mechanical, chemical), transmitting them as signals that travel along nerve cells to the brain.
Competition in Ecosystems; Symbiosis (Interactions Between Organisms);COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.2.5Organisms and populations of organisms are dependent on their environmental interactions both with other living things and with nonliving.
Food Webs: Cycling of Matter & Flow of Energy;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.2.6Ecosystems are sustained by the continuous flow of energy, originating primarily from the sun, and the recycling of matter and nutrients within the system.
Food Webs: Cycling of Matter & Flow of Energy;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.2.7Ecosystems are dynamic in nature; their characteristics can vary over time. Disruptions to any physical or biological component of an ecosystem.
Reproduction of Living Things; Genes & Mutations;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.2.8Heredity explains why offspring resemble, but are not identical to, their parents and is a unifying biological principle. Heredity refers to specific mechanisms by which characteristics or traits are passed from one generation to the next via genes.
The Fossil Record;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.2.9Fossils are mineral replacements, preserved remains, or traces of organisms that lived in the past.
The Solar System;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.3.1Motion is predictable in both solar systems and galaxies.
Human Impacts on the Environment;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.3.10Human activities have altered the biosphere, sometimes damaging it, although changes to environments can have different impacts for different living things.
Intro to Climate Change;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.3.11Human activities affect global warming. Decisions to reduce the impact of global warming depend on understanding climate science, engineering capabilities, and social dynamics.
The Solar System; Gravitational Forces Between Objects;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.3.2The solar system contains many varied objects held together by gravity. Solar system models explain and predict eclipses, lunar phases, and seasons.
The Fossil Record; Rock Layers (Geologic Time);COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.3.3Rock strata and the fossil record can be used as evidence to organize the relative occurrence of major historical events in Earth’s history.
Tectonic Plates;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.3.4Energy flows and matter cycles within and among Earth’s systems, including the sun and Earth’s interior as primary energy sources. Plate tectonics is one result of these processes.
Tectonic Plates;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.3.5Plate tectonics is the unifying theory that explains movements of rocks at Earth’s surface and geological history.
Water Cycle (6-8 Version);COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.3.6Water cycles among land, ocean, and atmosphere, and is propelled by sunlight and gravity. Density variations of sea water drive interconnected ocean currents. Water movement causes weathering and erosion, changing landscape features.
Climate Zones & Ocean Currents;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.3.7Complex interactions determine local weather patterns and influence climate, including the role of the ocean.
Natural Resource Distribution;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.3.8Humans depend on Earth’s land, ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere for different resources, many of which are limited or not renewable. Resources are distributed unevenly around the planet as a result of past geologic processes.
Predicting Natural Disasters;COAcademic StandardsMiddle SchoolSC.6-8.3.9Mapping the history of natural hazards in a region and understanding related geological forces.

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