National Science Teaching Standards Partners
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NS.5-8.1 Science as Inquiry
As a result of activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop
• Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
• Understandings about scientific inquiry

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NS.5-8.2 Physical Science
As a result of their activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop understanding of
• Properties and changes of properties in matter
• Motions and forces
• Transfer of energy

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NS.5-8.3 Life Science
As a result of their activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop understanding of
• Structure and function in living systems
• Regulation and behavior
• Populations and ecosystems
• Diversity and adaptations of organisms
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NS.5-8.6 Personal and Social Perspective
As a result of activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop understanding of
• Personal health
• Natural hazards
• Risks and benefits
• Science and technology in society

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NS.5-8.7 History and Nature of Science
As a result of activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop understanding of
• Science as a human endeavor

National Technology Teaching Standards
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NT.K-12.1 Basic Operations and Concepts
• Students demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature and operation of technology systems.
• Students are proficient in the use of technology.

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NT.K-12.2 Social, Ethical, and Human Issues
• Students understand the ethical, cultural, and societal issues related to technology.
• Students practice responsible use of technology systems, information, and software.
• Students develop positive attitudes towards technology uses that support lifelong. learning, collaboration, personal pursuits, and productivity

National Language Arts Teaching Standards
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NL-ENG.K-12.1 Reading for Perspective
Students read a wide range of print and non-print texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the United States and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment. Among these texts are fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary works.

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NL-ENG.K-12.4 Communication Skills
Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.

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NL-ENG.K-12.5 Communication Strategies
Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.

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NL-ENG.K-12.9 Multicultural Understanding
Students develop an understanding of and respect for diversity in language use, patterns, and dialects across cultures, ethnic groups, geographic regions, and social roles.

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NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills
Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).

National Fine Arts Standards
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NA-VA.5-8.1—Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
• Students select media, techniques, and processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of their choices.
• Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas.

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NA-VA.5-8.6—Making Connections between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
• Students describe ways in which the principles and subject matter of other disciplines taught in school are interrelated with the visual arts.

National Social Studies Standards
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NSS-GK-12.1 The World in Spatial Terms
As a result of activities in grades K-12, all students should
• Understand how to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information from a spatial perspective.

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NSS-GK-12.3 Physical Systems
As a result of their activities in grades K-12, all students should
• Understand the physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth’s surface.
• Understand the characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on Earth’s surface.

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NSS-GK-12.6 The Uses of Geography
As a result of their activities in grades K-12, all students should
• Understand how to apply geography to interpret the past.
• Understand how to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future.
National Mathematics
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NM-NUM.6-8.1
Understand numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers and number systems

• Work flexibly with fractions, decimals, and percents to solve problems
• Develop meaning for percents greater than 100 and less than 1
• Understand and use ratios and proportions to represent quantitative relationships

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NM-NUM.6-8.2
Understand meanings of operations and how they relate to one another
• Understand the meaning and effects of arithmetic operations with fractions, decimals, and integers

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NM-NUM.6-8.3
Compute fluently and make reasonable estimates
• Select appropriate methods and tools for computing with fractions and decimals from among mental computation, estimation, calculators or computers, and paper and pencil, depending on the situation, and apply the selected methods

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NM-MEA.6-8.1
Understand measurable attributes of objects and the units, systems, and processes of measurement

• Understand both metric and customary systems of measurement
• Understand relationships among units and convert from one unit to another within the same system

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NM-DATA.6-8.2
Select and use appropriate statistical methods to analyze data

• Discuss and understand the correspondence between data sets and their graphical representations, especially histograms, stem-and-leaf plots, box plots, and scatterplots

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NM-DATA.6-8.3
Develop and evaluate inferences and predictions that are based on data
• Use observations about differences between two or more samples to make conjectures about the populations from which the samples were taken

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Instructional programs from prekindergarten through grade 12 should enable all students to
• NM-PROB.PK-12.1: Build new mathematical knowledge through problem solving
• NM-PROB.PK-12.2: Solve problems that arise in mathematics and in other contexts

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Instructional programs from prekindergarten through grade 12 should enable all students to
• NM-PROB.CONN.PK-12.3: Recognize and apply mathematics in contexts outside of mathematics

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Instructional programs from prekindergarten through grade 12 should enable all students to
• NM-PROB.REP.PK-12.3: Use representations to model and interpret physical, social, and mathematical phenomena