As mentioned on the main curriculum page, the Grade 6, 7 and 8 TASIS middle school science curriculum is circumscribed by seven cross-cutting scientific concepts, eight cross-cutting scientific practices, and a number of standards-based grade-level content questions. These concepts, practices and questions are presented below:
7 CROSS-CUTTING SCIENTIFIC CONCEPTS
- Cause and effect
- Scale, proportion, and quantity
- Systems and system models
- Energy and matter
- Structure and function
- Stability and change
*For a more detailed look at the 7 cross-cutting scientific concepts, click HERE (coming soon).
8 CROSS-CUTTING SCIENTIFIC PRACTICES
- Asking questions and defining problems
- Developing and using models
- Planning and carrying out investigations
- Analyzing and interpreting data
- Using mathematics and computational thinking
- Constructing explanations
- Engaging in argument from evidence
- Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
*For a more detailed look at the 8 cross-cutting scientific practices, click HERE (coming soon).
STANDARDS-BASED CONTENT QUESTIONS
In addition to the cross-cutting concepts and practices described above, each middle school grade level is also circumscribed by a series of standards-based grade-level content questions.