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6th Grade

MS-PS1 Matter and its Interactions


    MS-PS1-1:  Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures. 

    MS-PS1-2:  Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred. 

    MS-PS1-3:  Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society. 

    MS-PS1-4:  Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.

MS-PS2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions


    MS-PS2-1:  Apply Newton’s Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects.

MS-PS3 Energy


    MS-PS3-1:  Construct and interpret graphical displays of data to describe the relationships of kinetic energy to the mass of an object and to the speed of an object. 

    MS-PS3-2:  Develop a model to describe that when the arrangement of objects interacting at a distance changes, different amounts of potential energy are stored in the system.

    MS-PS3-5:  Construct, use, and present arguments to support the claim that when the kinetic energy of an object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object.

MS-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes


    MS-LS1-1:  Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells. 

MS-LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics


    MS-LS2-1:  Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.

    MS-LS2-2:  Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.

    MS-LS2-3:  Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.

MS-LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity


    MS-LS4-1:  Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past. 

    MS-LS4-2:  Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships.

MS-ESS1 Earth's Place in the Universe


    MS-ESS1-1:  Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons.

    MS-ESS1-2:  Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.

    MS-ESS1-3:  Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.

    MS-ESS1-4:  Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth's 4.6-billion-year-old history.

MS-ESS2 Earth's Systems


    MS-ESS2-1:  Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth's materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.

    MS-ESS2-2:  Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth's surface at varying time and spatial scales.

    MS-ESS2-3:  Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions.

MS-ESS3 Earth and Human Activity


    MS-ESS3-1:  Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth's mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes.

MS-ETS1 Engineering Design


    MS-ETS1-1:  Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

    MS-ETS1-2:  Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

    MS-ETS1-3:  Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

    MS-ETS1-4:  Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.

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