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Physical Science

Energy, Forces, and Motion

Unit Driving Question

How can I affect the motion of objects?

Performance Expectations

MS-PS2-1, MS-PS2-2, MS-PS2-3, MS-PS2-5, MS-PS3-1, MS-PS3-2, MS-PS3-5, ETS1-1, ETS1-2, ETS1-3, ETS1-4

Unit Highlights

Can students keep the bananas off the road? Students experience the science behind motion through the analysis of energy, forces, and motion. Students will engineer a balloon rocket, apply Newton’s Laws to design decisions, refine, and redesign a roller coaster to optimize performance. By the end of the unit, students use their science and engineering practices to design a solution for safely transporting fruit. 

Electricity, Waves, and Information Systems

Unit Driving Question

How do the properties of electricity and waves influence the technology of information transfer? 

Performance Expectations

MS-LS1-8, MS-PS2-3, MS-PS3-3, MS-PS3-5, MS-PS4-1, MS-PS4-2, MS-PS4-3, MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4

Unit Highlights

How can people send messages across great distances? How can they send secret messages? It’s the science and engineering behind your students’ favorite pastime! Starting with analyzing circuits and waves, students identify relationships between energy, information, and how information is stored. Students analyze how waves are used in the world, including GPS, the brain, and medical technologies. Students conclude the unit by engineering a touchscreen device, applying what they learned about waves and energy transfer.

Matter and Its Interaction

Unit Driving Question

How do matter and its interactions affect everyday life?

Performance Expectations

MS-PS1-1, MS-PS1-2, MS-PS1-3, MS-PS1-4, MS-PS1-5, MS-PS1-6, MS-PS3-4, MS-PS3-5, MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4 

Unit Highlights

Keeping drinks cool, warming up hands in the cold, curing headaches and making salad dressing: chemistry is such a part of our lives that we forget it’s there! Students record what they already know about (but maybe never really thought about) matter and how it changes. They use this backbone to build new knowledge so that by the end of the unit, students can engineer an eco- and pet-friendly cold pack based on what they have learned about chemistry.