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Middle School Curriculum

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Content in NGSS is organized into 17 units, as follows:

Unit Title CORE SCIENCE CONTENT Estimated # Of 40 to 50 Minute Class Periods
A. Biomedical Engineering | NGSS bioengineering, engineering design process, prototypes, prosthesis, technology ~15-20 40 to 50 minute class periods
B. Body Systems | NGSS body system structures and functions, system interactions, medicines and body systems, human health, clinical trials, matter and energy, nutrients, stimuli, digestion (systems include: circulatory, digestive, nervous, and respiratory) ~20 40 to 50 minute class periods
C. Earth’s Resources | NGSS renewable resources, minerals, energy & groundwater resource distribution, human population growth, geological processes, resource consumption, geologic time, rock strata, fossil evidence ~20-30 40 to 50 minute class periods
D. Ecology | NGSS ecosystems, food webs, biotic and abiotic interactions, energy and matter, disruptions in ecosystems, invasive species ~35 40-50 Minute Class Periods
E. Evolution | NGSS evolution by natural selection, speciation, extinction, humans and evolution, embryology, genes evolution, geologic time scale, fossils, evolutionary tree, genetic engineering, artificial selection ~25-30 40 to 50 minute class periods
F. From Cells To Organisms | NGSS multicellular organism levels of organization, animal cell structure and function, plant cell structure and function, cell theory, germ theory of disease, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, matter and energy ~25-30 40 to 50 minute class periods
G. Land, Water, And Human Interactions | NGSS topography, erosion, deposition, landforms, human impact of building, nutrient pollution, water cycle, weathering ~25-30 40 to 50 minute class periods
H. Reproduction | NGSS heredity, genes, sexual reproduction, asexual reproduction, genetic diversity, inheritance of traits, mutations, reproductive success, genetic disorders, nature vs nurture, pollination, animal behavior, DNA ~15-20 40 to 50 minute class periods
I. Waves | NGSS types of waves, wave properties, electromagnetic radiation, applications of waves, comparison of analog and digital transmission and storage capabilities ~25 40 to 50 minute class periods
J. Weather and Climate | NGSS weather, weather forecasts, climate, solar energy, wind, Coriolis effect, water, ocean and wind currents, global climate change, global warming, greenhouse gases ~30-35 40 to 50 minute class periods
K. Geological Processes | NGSS Earth’s history, earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, mountain building, continental drift, natural resources ~25-35 40 to 50 minute class periods
L. Solar System and Beyond | NGSS Earth, moon, moon phases, seasons, axial tilt, Solar system, planetary motion, gravity ~25 40 to 50 minute class periods (5 weeks)
M. Energy | NGSS Energy transfer and transformations, types of energy (kinetic, potential, thermal, light), energy efficiency, conservation of energy ~30 - 40 to 50 minute class periods (5 weeks)
N. Force and Motion | NGSS Newton’s Laws, inertia, force, mass, acceleration, speed, friction, experimental design, automobile safety 25 - 30 40 to 50 minute class periods (5 - 6 weeks)
O. The Chemistry of Materials | NGSS Physical and chemical properties of substances, elements and compounds, chemical reactions, chemistry of materials, states of matter, particle movement, thermal and kinetic energy ~30 40 to 50 minute class periods (6 weeks)
P. Chemical Reactions | NGSS Chemical reactions, conservation of atoms and conservation of mass, exothermic and endothermic reactions, design of a product 25-30 40 to 50 minute class periods (5-6 weeks)
Q. Fields and Interactions | NGSS electrical, magnetic, and gravitational fields and forces ~25 40 to 50 minute class periods (5 weeks)

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