Motion: Pushes and Pulls

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Students explore the different effects of different strengths and directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of objects.

Waves: Light and Sound

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Students explore the relationship between vibrations and sound and design instruments or sound makers. Students explore light in terms of light traveling in a straight path from on place to another and placing different objects in the path of light.

Structure and Properties of Matter

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Students explore the properties of matter and how different properties make material useful in designing and building different items.

Forces and Interactions

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Students explore the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of objects. Their exploration includes non-contact forces using magnets and electricity.

Energy and Waves

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Students explore how energy moves from place to place and is observable through sound, light, heat transfer, motion, and electric currents.

Structure and Properties of Matter

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Students explore matter in terms of measurable properties and as made up of particles too small to be seen.

Students develop an understanding that the number of particles and weight of matter does not change regardless of the changes it goes through.

Forces: Contact and Non-Contact

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Forces: Contact and Non-Contact focuses on helping students understand ideas related to why some objects will keep moving, why objects fall to the ground, and why some materials are attracted to each other while others are not. Students answer the question “How can one describe physical interactions between objects and within systems of objects?”

Particles of Matter and Chemical Reactions

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Particles of Matter and Chemical Reactions focuses on helping students understand ideas related to the particles that make up matter and how they behave during temperature change and when different substances are combined.

Energy and the Electromagnetic Spectrum

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In Energy and the Electromagnetic Spectrum, middle school students continue their exploration into energy by delving into the concept of energy and energy transfer through the exploration of the transfer of energy between kinetic energy and potential energy within the system of a roller coaster.