(Framing Text): Co-Requisite - Characteristics of Science

PS.SCSh2: Students will use standard safety practices for all classroom laboratory and field investigations.

PS.SCSh2.b: Demonstrate appropriate techniques in all laboratory situations.


PS.SCSh3: Students will identify and investigate problems scientifically.

PS.SCSh3.b: Develop procedures for solving scientific problems.

Estimating Population Size

PS.SCSh3.c: Collect, organize and record appropriate data.

Effect of Environment on New Life Form
Pendulum Clock

PS.SCSh5: Students will demonstrate the computation and estimation skills necessary for analyzing data and developing reasonable scientific explanations.

PS.SCSh5.d: Express appropriate numbers of significant figures for calculated data, using scientific notation where appropriate.

Unit Conversions 2 - Scientific Notation and Significant Digits

PS.SCSh6: Students will communicate scientific investigations and information clearly.

PS.SCSh6.d: Participate in group discussions of scientific investigation and current scientific issues.


PS.SCSh8: Students will understand important features of the process of scientific inquiry.

PS.SCSh8.a: Scientific investigators control the conditions of their experiments in order to produce valuable data.

Effect of Environment on New Life Form
Pendulum Clock
Sight vs. Sound Reactions

(Framing Text): Co-Requisite - Content

PS.SPS1: Students will investigate our current understanding of the atom.

PS.SPS1.a: Examine the structure of the atom in terms of

PS.SPS1.a.1: proton, electron, and neutron locations.

Element Builder

PS.SPS1.a.2: atomic mass and atomic number.

Element Builder

PS.SPS1.a.3: atoms with different numbers of neutrons (isotopes).

Element Builder

PS.SPS1.a.4: explain the relationship of the proton number to the element’s identity.

Element Builder

PS.SPS1.b: Compare and contrast ionic and covalent bonds in terms of electron movement.

Covalent Bonds
Ionic Bonds

PS.SPS2: Students will explore the nature of matter, its classifications, and its system for naming types of matter.

PS.SPS2.a: Calculate density when given a means to determine a substance’s mass and volume.

Density Experiment: Slice and Dice
Density Laboratory

PS.SPS2.d: Demonstrate the Law of Conservation of Matter in a chemical reaction.

Chemical Changes
Chemical Equations

PS.SPS2.e: Apply the Law of Conservation of Matter by balancing the following types of chemical equations:

PS.SPS2.e.1: Synthesis

Balancing Chemical Equations
Chemical Equations

PS.SPS2.e.2: Decomposition

Balancing Chemical Equations
Chemical Equations

PS.SPS2.e.3: Single Replacement

Balancing Chemical Equations
Chemical Equations

PS.SPS2.e.4: Double Replacement

Balancing Chemical Equations
Chemical Equations

PS.SPS3: Students will distinguish the characteristics and components of radioactivity.

PS.SPS3.a: Differentiate among alpha and beta particles and gamma radiation.

Nuclear Decay

PS.SPS3.c: Explain the process half-life as related to radioactive decay.


PS.SPS4: Students will investigate the arrangement of the Periodic Table.

PS.SPS4.a: Determine the trends of the following:

PS.SPS4.a.1: Number of valence electrons

Electron Configuration

PS.SPS4.a.2: Types of ions formed by representative elements

Element Builder

PS.SPS4.b: Use the Periodic Table to predict the above properties for representative elements.

Electron Configuration

PS.SPS6: Students will investigate the properties of solutions.

PS.SPS6.c: Demonstrate that solubility is related to temperature by constructing a solubility curve.

Solubility and Temperature

PS.SPS7: Students will relate transformations and flow of energy within a system.

PS.SPS7.a: Identify energy transformations within a system (e.g. lighting of a match).

Energy Conversion in a System
Inclined Plane - Sliding Objects

PS.SPS7.c: Determine the heat capacity of a substance using mass, specific heat, and temperature.

Calorimetry Lab
Energy Conversion in a System

PS.SPS8: Students will determine relationships among force, mass, and motion.

PS.SPS8.a: Calculate velocity and acceleration.

Free-Fall Laboratory
Golf Range
Shoot the Monkey

PS.SPS8.b: Apply Newton’s three laws to everyday situations by explaining the following:

PS.SPS8.b.1: Inertia

Fan Cart Physics

PS.SPS8.b.2: Relationship between force, mass and acceleration

Atwood Machine
Fan Cart Physics
Free-Fall Laboratory

PS.SPS8.b.3: Equal and opposite forces

Fan Cart Physics

PS.SPS8.c: Relate falling objects to gravitational force.

Free-Fall Laboratory

PS.SPS8.e: Calculate amounts of work and mechanical advantage using simple machines.

Inclined Plane - Simple Machine
Pulley Lab

PS.SPS9: Students will investigate the properties of waves.

PS.SPS9.d: Investigate the phenomena of reflection, refraction, interference, and diffraction.

Basic Prism
Longitudinal Waves
Ripple Tank
Sound Beats and Sine Waves

PS.SPS9.f: Explain the Doppler Effect in terms of everyday interactions.

Doppler Shift
Doppler Shift Advanced

PS.SPS10: Students will investigate the properties of electricity and magnetism.

PS.SPS10.b: Explain the flow of electrons in terms of

PS.SPS10.b.3: simple series and parallel circuits.

Circuit Builder

PS.SPS10.c: Investigate applications of magnetism and/or its relationship to the movement of electrical charge as it relates to

PS.SPS10.c.1: electromagnets

Electromagnetic Induction
Magnetic Induction

PS.SPS10.c.2: simple motors

Electromagnetic Induction

Correlation last revised: 1/11/2017

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