Quarter 1



NSD.1.6 Scientific Process and Metric Measurement

NSD.1.3.2 Measure in International System of Measurement (metric system) units


Disciplinary Core Ideas

  • 1.6: Conduct a scientific investigation using the scientific method to develop a hypothesis based on an observation and conduct an experiment and analyze data to arrive at a conclusion. (NS1.6)
  • .1 - Write and analyze questions that can be answered by conducting scientific experiments.
  • .2 - Conduct scientific investigations using a control and variables. Repeat same experiment using alternate variables.
  • .3 - Select and use appropriate tools and techniques to gather and display data
  • .4 - Use evidence to analyze data in order to develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, and models.
  • .5 - Test a hypothesis based on observations.
  • .6 - Communicate scientific procedures and explanations.
  • 1.3.2: Understand how to measure using metric units and the correct tools. (NS1.3.2)


Disciplinary Core Ideas

  • ETS1.A: A solution needs to be tested, and then modified on the basis of the test results in order to improve it.


  • Classify, observe, infer, predict, hypothesis, control, variable, mass, volume, length/distance, liter, meter, gram




  • Animal Tracks - observations (South)
  • Marble Roll (South)
  • Painted bottle with small piece of cork inside - use rope to put inside and have it stuck with the cork - have students observe, prediction, and inference by drawing a picture (South)
  • Observation practice - pictures around room - one observation, one inference, one prediction (West)
  • Use comic strip to teach/organize scientific method (West),
  • Penny Lab (West)
  • Blow a piece of paper into a water bottle (West)
  • Paper Airplane (controlled variables) - make 2 different airplanes and need to choose variable (West)
  • Button classification (South)
  • Comics observation/inference/prediction (South)
  • WEST



RST.6-8.3 Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks. (PS1-MS-6)

RST.6-8.7 Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table). (PS1-MS-1),(PS1-MS- 2),(PS1-MS-4),(PS1-MS-5)

WHST.6-8.7 Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration. (PS1-MS-6)

WHST.6-8.1 Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content. (PS2-MS-4)


MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. (PS1-MS-1),(PS1-MS-2),(PS1-MS-5)

MP.4 Model with mathematics. (PS1-MS-1),(PS1-MS-5)

6.RP.A.3 Use ratio and rate reasoning to solve real-world and mathematical problems. (PS1-MS-1),(PS1-MS- 2),(PS1-MS-5)

6.SP.B.4 Display numerical data in plots on a number line, including dot plots, histograms, and box plots. (PS1-MS-2)

6.SP.B.5 Summarize numerical data sets in relation to their context (PS1-MS-2)

7.EE.B.3 Solve multi-step real-life and mathematical problems posed with positive and negative rational numbers in any form, using tools strategically. Apply properties of operations to calculate with numbers in any form; convert between forms as appropriate; and assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies. (PS2-MS-1),(PS2-MS-2)

7.EE.B.4 Use variables to represent quantities in a real-world or mathematical problem, and construct simple equations and inequalities to solve problems by reasoning about the quantities. (PS2-MS-1),(PS2-MS-2)