MS- GRC Lessons by Core Ideas

MS Lessons support grades 6-8 and are organized by Core Ideas and utilize local phenomenon. By organizing instruction around local phenomenon, students are provided with a reason to learn shifting the focus from learning about a disconnected topic to figuring out why or how something happens.

To access lessons, click on the Core Topic above the Core Ideas. Lesson links are organized by standard in a Google Doc and may be copied or downloaded.

Core Idea LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

  • LS1.A: Structure and Function
  • LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms
  • LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms
  • LS1.D: Information Processing

Core Idea LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

  • LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
  • LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems
  • LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
  • LS2.D: Social Interactions and Group Behavior

Core Idea LS3: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits

  • LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits
  • LS3.B: Variation of Traits

Core Idea LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

  • LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
  • LS4.B: Natural Selection
  • LS4.C: Adaptation
  • LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans

Core Idea PS1: Matter and Its Interactions

  • PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
  • PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
  • PS1.C: Nuclear Processes

Core Idea PS2: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

  • PS2.A: Forces and Motion
  • PS2.B: Types of Interactions
  • PS2.C: Stability and Instability in Physical Systems

Core Idea PS3: Energy

  • PS3.A: Definitions of Energy
  • PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
  • PS3.C: Relationship Between Energy and Forces
  • PS3.D: Energy in Chemical Processes and Everyday Life

Core Idea PS4: Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer

  • PS4.A: Wave Properties
  • PS4.B: Electromagnetic Radiation
  • PS4.C: Information Technologies and Instrumentation

Core Idea ESS1: Earth’s Place in the Universe

  • ESS1.A: The Universe and Its Stars
  • ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System
  • ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth

Core Idea ESS2: Earth’s Systems

  • ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems
  • ESS2.B: Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions
  • ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes
  • ESS2.D: Weather and Climate
  • ESS2.E: Biogeology

Core Idea ESS3: Earth and Human Activity

  • ESS3.A: Natural Resources
  • ESS3.B: Natural Hazards
  • ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
  • ESS3.D: Global Climate Change

Phenomenal GRC Lessons- Middle School Lessons by Standard