Science Core Curriculum

Power Standards

PS 1 – Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells. (Organization of the body, and interaction of body systems) (MS-LS1-3)

PS 2 – Gather and synthesize information that sensory receptors respond to stimuli by sending messages to the brain for immediate behavior or storage as memories. (MS-LS1-8)

PS 3 – Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures. (complex molecules, compounds, mixtures) (MS-PS1-1)

PS 4 – Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred. (MS-PS1-2)

PS 5 – 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-PS1-4)

PS 6 – Develop and use a model to describe how the total number of atoms does not change in a chemical reaction and thus mass is conserved. (MS-PS1-5)

PS 7 – Undertake a design project to construct, test, and modify a device that either releases or absorbs thermal energy by chemical processes (NGSS example includes a chemical reaction such as dissolving and is limited to amount, time and temperature). (MS-PS1-6)

PS 8 – Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.(MS-ESS2-2)

PS 9 – Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth’s mineral (metal ores), energy (petroleum/natural gas), soil and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes (rock cycle). Emphasize that these are typically limited and non-renewable resources.(MS-ESS3-1)


Science & Engineering Practices

Science and Engineering Practice Standards  

  1. Asking questions and defining problems
  2. Developing and using models
  3. Planning and carrying out investigations
  4. Analyzing and interpreting data.
  5. Using mathematics and computational thinking
  6. Constructing explanations and designing solutions 
  7. Engaging in argument from evidence
  8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information