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Aligned National Science Education Standards Science

Our overall curriculum and activities are aligned to the following National Science Education Standards. See individual modules for subset of standards by module. 


Science as Inquiry 

Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry (K-4, 5-8, 9-12)

Understanding about scientific inquiry (K-4, 5-8, 9-12)

Science and Technology 

Abilities of technological design (K-4, 5-8, 9-12) 

Understanding about science and technology (K-4, 5-8, 9-12)


Physical Sciences 

Transfer of energy (5-8) 

Chemical reactions (9-12)

Interactions of energy and matter (9-12)

Properties and changes of properties in matter (5-8)

Conservation of energy and increase in disorder (9-12)

Motions and forces (5-8, 9-12) 

Life Sciences 

Structure and function in living systems (5-8)

Regulation and behavior (5-8) 

Populations and ecosystems (5-8) 

Diversity and adaptations of organisms (5-8) 

Biological evolution (9-12)

Behavior of organisms (9-12)

Interdependence of organisms (9-12) 

Matter, energy, and organization in living systems (9-12)


Earth and Space Sciences 

Structure of the earth system (5-8) 

Energy in the earth system (9-12)

Geochemical cycles (9-12)

Origin and evolution of the earth system (9-12)

Earth in the solar system (5-8)

Earth's history (5-8)


History and Nature of Science 

Science as a human endeavor (K-4, 5-8, 9-12) 

Nature of scientific knowledge (9-12)

History of science (5-8) 

Historical perspectives (9-12)


Science in Personal and Social Perspectives 

Risks and benefits (5-8) 

Science and technology in society (5-8) 

Natural resources (9-12) 

Natural hazards (5-8) 

Natural and human-induced hazards (9-12)

Risks and benefits (5-8)

Environmental quality (9-12) 

Science and technology in local, national, and global challenges (9-12)

Populations, resources and environments (5-8) 

Personal and community health (9-12)


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