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High School (9th - 12th Grade)

Students in high school continue to develop their understanding of the four core ideas in the physical sciences. These ideas include the most fundamental concepts from chemistry and physics, but are intended to leave room for expanded study in upper-level high school courses. The high school performance expectations in Physical Science build on the middle school ideas and skills and allow high school students to explain more in-depth phenomena central not only to the physical sciences, but to life and earth and space sciences as well. These performance expectations blend the core ideas with scientific and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts to support students in developing usable knowledge to explain ideas across the science disciplines. In the physical science performance expectations at the high school level, there is a focus on several scientific practices. These include developing and using models, planning and conducting investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematical and computational thinking, and constructing explanations; and to use these practices to demonstrate understanding of the core ideas. Students are also expected to demonstrate understanding of several engineering practices including design and evaluation.

    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
    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
    LS3: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
  • LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits
  • LS3.B: Variation of Traits
    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
    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
    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
    ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
  • ESS3.A: Natural Resources
  • ESS3.B: Natural Hazards
  • ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
  • ESS3.D: Global Climate Changes
    PS1: Matter and Its Interactions
  • PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
  • PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
  • PS1.C: Nuclear Processes
    PS2: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
  • PS2.A: Forces and Motion
  • PS2.B: Types of Interactions
    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
    PS4: Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer
  • PS4.A: Wave Properties
  • PS4.B: Electromagnetic Radiation
  • PS4.C: Information Technologies and Instrumentation
    ETS1: Engineering Design
  • ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting an Engineering Problem
  • ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions
  • ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution

High School Science

Introduce kids to the Next Generation Science Standards in high school with a plethora of science experiments, science fairs, and scientific method steps. Science curriculum in high school includes topics like Chemical Reactions, Forces and Interactions, Energy, Waves and Electromagnetic, and more. Science lesson plans should be formulated in a way to understand and comprehend the disciplinary core and sub-core ideas fluently.

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