Science 6-8 Skills and Practice

Each practice listed below includes aligned resources for all middle-level content areas that can be used to enhance lessons for middle school students.

In planning for extended remote learning, consider an opportunity to get back to the science skills and practices that are so foundational for our middle level scientists.

Over the next weeks of school closure, give thought to paring down a bit on content and center your remote instruction around the Science and Engineering practices that anchor the New York State Science Learning Standards.

Below, you will find high quality resources aligned to these practices for all middle level content areas that can be used to enhance your lessons for middle school science. This menu of options will hopefully spark creative lesson planning and engaging learning for your students.

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Using Screencastify and modified versions of resources below to create a lesson and assignment for students

Asking Questions and Defining Problems

Specifying relationships between variables, clarifying arguments and making models.

Developing and Using Models

Developing, using, and revising models to describe, test, and predict more abstract phenomena and design systems.

Planning and Carrying out Investigations

Investigations that use multiple variables and provide evidence to support explanations or solutions.

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Extending quantitative analysis to investigations, distinguishing between correlation and causation, and basic statistical techniques of data and error analysis. 

Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking

Identifying patterns in large data sets and using mathematical concepts to support explanations and arguments. 

Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Identifying patterns in large data sets and using mathematical concepts to support explanations and arguments. 

Engaging in Argument From Evidence

Constructing a convincing argument that supports or refutes claims for either explanations or solutions about the natural and designed world(s).

Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

Evaluating the merit and validity of ideas and methods.