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National Science Education Standards Alignment

Created for the Deep Impact Mission, A NASA Discovery Mission
Maura Rountree-Brown and Art Hammon
Educator - Enrichment
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Grades 5 - 8

Science as Inquiry

Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry

Understandings about scientific inquiry

Physical Science

Properties and changes of properties in matter

Motions and forces

Transfer of energy

Earth and Space Science

Earth in the solar system

Science and Technology

Abilities of technological design

Understandings about science and technology

Science in Personal and Social Perspectives

Personal health

Science and technology in society

History and Nature of Science

Nature of science

Unifying Concepts and Processes (K-12)

Evidence, models, and explanation

Grades K-4

Science as Inquiry

Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry

Understandings about scientific inquiry

Physical Science

Properties of objects and materials

  • Objects have many observable properties, including size, weight, shape, color, temperature, and the ability to react with other substances.
  • Materials can exist in different states - solid, liquid, and gas. Some common materials, such as water, can be changed from one state to another by heating or cooling.

Position and motion of objects

Earth and Space Science

Changes in the earth and sky

Science and Technology

Understanding about science and technology

Grades 9-12

Science as Inquiry

Understandings about scientific inquiry

Physical Science

Structure and properties of matter

  • Atoms interact with one another by transferring or sharing electrons that are furthest from the nucleus.
  • An element is composed of a single type of atom.
  • Bonds between atoms are created when electrons are paired up by being transferred or shared. A substance composed of a single kind of atom is called an element. The atoms may be bonded together into molecules or crystalline solids. A compound is formed when two or more kinds of atoms bind together chemically.
  • The physical properties of compounds reflect the nature of the interactions among its molecules. These interactions are determined by the structure of the molecule, including the constituent atoms and the distances and angles between them.
  • Carbon atoms can bond to one another in chains, rings, and branching networks to form a variety of structures, including synthetic polymers, oils, and the large molecules essential to life.

Motions and forces

Conservation of energy and the increase in disorder

Earth and Space Science

The origin and evolution of the earth system

Science and Technology

Understandings about science and technology

  • Science often advances with the introduction of new technologies. Solving technological problems often results in new scientific knowledge. New technologies often extend the current levels of scientific understanding and introduce new areas of research.

History and Nature of Science

Science as a human endeavor

  • Individuals and teams have contributed and will continue to contribute to the scientific enterprise.
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