1: The student conducts classroom and outdoor investigations following home and school safety procedures and environmentally appropriate and ethical practices.

1.A: demonstrate safe practices and the use of safety equipment as described in the Texas Safety Standards during classroom and outdoor investigations; and


 Lab Safety

1.B: make informed choices in the conservation, disposal, and recycling of materials.

 Pond Ecosystem
 Water Pollution

2: The student uses scientific methods during laboratory and outdoor investigations.

2.A: describe, plan, and implement simple experimental investigations testing one variable;

 Effect of Environment on New Life Form
 Free Fall Tower
 Germination
 Growing Plants
 Pendulum Clock

2.B: ask well-defined questions, formulate testable hypotheses, and select and use appropriate equipment and technology;

 Circuits
 Germination
 Growing Plants
 Pendulum Clock
 Time Estimation
 Weight and Mass

2.C: collect information by detailed observations and accurate measuring;

 Coastal Winds and Clouds
 Coastal Winds and Clouds
 Conduction and Convection
 Density
 Disease Spread
 Forest Ecosystem
 Mineral Identification
 Mystery Powder Analysis
 Tides
 Tides
 Triple Beam Balance

2.D: analyze and interpret information to construct reasonable explanations from direct (observable) and indirect (inferred) evidence;

 Building Pangaea
 DNA Fingerprint Analysis
 Forest Ecosystem
 Hearing: Frequency and Volume
 Photosynthesis Lab
 Plants and Snails
 Radiation
 Solving Using Trend Lines
 Tides
 Tides
 Time Estimation

2.E: demonstrate that repeated investigations may increase the reliability of results;

 Effect of Temperature on Gender
 Effect of Temperature on Gender
 Seed Germination

2.F: communicate valid conclusions in both written and verbal forms; and

 Hearing: Frequency and Volume
 Time Estimation

2.G: construct appropriate simple graphs, tables, maps, and charts using technology, including computers, to organize, examine, and evaluate information.

 Ants on a Slant (Inclined Plane)
 Building Pangaea
 Building Topographic Maps
 Color Absorption
 Distance-Time and Velocity-Time Graphs
 Distance-Time and Velocity-Time Graphs
 Force and Fan Carts
 Forest Ecosystem
 Free-Fall Laboratory
 Graphing Skills
 Mineral Identification
 Ocean Mapping
 Pendulum Clock
 Phase Changes
 Pond Ecosystem
 Reading Topographic Maps
 Weather Maps
 Weather Maps

3: The student uses critical thinking and scientific problem solving to make informed decisions.

3.A: in all fields of science, analyze, evaluate, and critique scientific explanations by using empirical evidence, logical reasoning, and experimental and observational testing, including examining all sides of scientific evidence of those scientific explanations, so as to encourage critical thinking by the student;

 Building Pangaea
 Disease Spread
 Force and Fan Carts
 Forest Ecosystem
 Gravity Pitch
 Hearing: Frequency and Volume
 Inheritance
 Mineral Identification
 Mystery Powder Analysis
 Radiation
 Solving Using Trend Lines
 Tides
 Tides
 Time Estimation

 Energy Sources

3.B: evaluate the accuracy of the information related to promotional materials for products and services such as nutritional labels;


 Science and the Media

3.C: draw or develop a model that represents how something works or looks that cannot be seen such as how a soda dispensing machine works; and

 Ocean Mapping

4: The student knows how to use a variety of tools and methods to conduct science inquiry.

4.A: collect, record, and analyze information using tools, including calculators, microscopes, cameras, computers, hand lenses, metric rulers, Celsius thermometers, prisms, mirrors, pan balances, triple beam balances, spring scales, graduated cylinders, beakers, hot plates, meter sticks, magnets, collecting nets, and notebooks; timing devices, including clocks and stopwatches; and materials to support observations of habitats or organisms such as terrariums and aquariums; and

 Cell Division
 Cell Structure
 Density
 Forest Ecosystem
 Freezing Point of Salt Water
 Hearing: Frequency and Volume
 Herschel Experiment
 Herschel Experiment
 Magnetism
 Measuring Trees
 Measuring Volume
 Phase Changes
 Pond Ecosystem
 Prairie Ecosystem
 Real-Time Histogram
 Relative Humidity
 Simple Harmonic Motion
 Solubility and Temperature
 Time Estimation
 Triple Beam Balance
 Weight and Mass

 Hypotheses and Theories
 Insect Metamorphosis
 Lab Safety
 Science and the Media

4.B: use safety equipment, including safety goggles and gloves.


 Lab Safety

5: The student knows that matter has measurable physical properties and those properties determine how matter is classified, changed, and used.

5.A: classify matter based on physical properties, including mass, magnetism, physical state (solid, liquid, and gas), relative density (sinking and floating), solubility in water, and the ability to conduct or insulate thermal energy or electric energy;

 Circuit Builder
 Conduction and Convection
 Density
 Density Experiment: Slice and Dice
 Heat Transfer by Conduction
 Mineral Identification
 Phases of Water
 Solubility and Temperature
 Weight and Mass

5.B: identify the boiling and freezing/melting points of water on the Celsius scale;

 Phases of Water

5.C: demonstrate that some mixtures maintain physical properties of their ingredients such as iron filings and sand; and

 Mineral Identification

5.D: identify changes that can occur in the physical properties of the ingredients of solutions such as dissolving salt in water or adding lemon juice to water.

 Freezing Point of Salt Water
 Solubility and Temperature

6: The student knows that energy occurs in many forms and can be observed in cycles, patterns, and systems.

6.A: explore the uses of energy, including mechanical, light, thermal, electrical, and sound energy;

 Circuit Builder
 Energy Conversions

 Energy Sources

6.B: demonstrate that the flow of electricity in circuits requires a complete path through which an electric current can pass and can produce light, heat, and sound;

 Circuit Builder

6.C: demonstrate that light travels in a straight line until it strikes an object or travels through one medium to another and demonstrate that light can be reflected such as the use of mirrors or other shiny surfaces and refracted such as the appearance of an object when observed through water; and

 Basic Prism
 Laser Reflection
 Ray Tracing (Lenses)
 Ray Tracing (Mirrors)
 Refraction

6.D: design an experiment that tests the effect of force on an object.

 Atwood Machine
 Fan Cart Physics
 Force and Fan Carts
 Free Fall Tower
 Period of Mass on a Spring

7: The student knows Earth's surface is constantly changing and consists of useful resources.

7.A: explore the processes that led to the formation of sedimentary rocks and fossil fuels;

 Carbon Cycle
 Rock Cycle

7.C: identify alternative energy resources such as wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, and biofuels; and

 Energy Conversions

 Energy Sources

7.D: identify fossils as evidence of past living organisms and the nature of the environments at the time using models.

 Building Pangaea
 Human Evolution - Skull Analysis
 Measuring Trees
 Rainfall and Bird Beaks
 Rainfall and Bird Beaks
 Rock Classification

8: The student knows that there are recognizable patterns in the natural world and among the Sun, Earth, and Moon system.

8.A: differentiate between weather and climate;

 Hurricane Motion
 Hurricane Motion
 Rabbit Population by Season
 Seasons Around the World
 Weather Maps
 Weather Maps

8.B: explain how the Sun and the ocean interact in the water cycle;

 Hurricane Motion
 Hurricane Motion
 Ocean Tides
 Water Cycle
 Weather Maps
 Weather Maps

8.C: demonstrate that Earth rotates on its axis once approximately every 24 hours causing the day/night cycle and the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky; and

 3D Eclipse
 Comparing Earth and Venus
 Seasons Around the World
 Seasons in 3D
 Seasons: Earth, Moon, and Sun

8.D: identify and compare the physical characteristics of the Sun, Earth, and Moon.

 Solar System

9: The student knows that there are relationships, systems, and cycles within environments.

9.A: observe the way organisms live and survive in their ecosystem by interacting with the living and non-living elements;

 Food Chain
 Forest Ecosystem
 Plants and Snails
 Pond Ecosystem
 Prairie Ecosystem
 Rabbit Population by Season
 Rainfall and Bird Beaks
 Rainfall and Bird Beaks

9.B: describe how the flow of energy derived from the Sun, used by producers to create their own food, is transferred through a food chain and food web to consumers and decomposers;

 Cell Energy Cycle
 Energy Conversions
 Food Chain
 Forest Ecosystem
 Prairie Ecosystem

9.C: predict the effects of changes in ecosystems caused by living organisms, including humans, such as the overpopulation of grazers or the building of highways; and

 Forest Ecosystem
 Pond Ecosystem
 Rabbit Population by Season
 Water Pollution

9.D: identify the significance of the carbon dioxide-oxygen cycle to the survival of plants and animals.

 Photosynthesis Lab
 Plants and Snails
 Pond Ecosystem

10: The student knows that organisms undergo similar life processes and have structures that help them survive within their environments.

10.A: compare the structures and functions of different species that help them live and survive such as hooves on prairie animals or webbed feet in aquatic animals;

 Rainfall and Bird Beaks
 Rainfall and Bird Beaks

10.B: differentiate between inherited traits of plants and animals such as spines on a cactus or shape of a beak and learned behaviors such as an animal learning tricks or a child riding a bicycle; and

 Inheritance
 Rainfall and Bird Beaks
 Rainfall and Bird Beaks

10.C: describe the differences between complete and incomplete metamorphosis of insects.


 Insect Metamorphosis

Correlation last revised: 1/20/2017

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