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Massachusetts Science Standards

Below are specific learning standards as outlined in the Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework (May 2001):

Physical Sciences (Chemistry and Physics): Grades 6-8

1. Differentiate between weight and mass, recognizing that weight is the amount of gravitational pull on an object.

3. Recognize that the measurement of volume and mass requires understanding of the sensitivity of measurement tools (e.g., rulers, graduated cylinders, balances) and knowledge and appropriate use of significant digits. 4. Explain and give examples of how mass is conserved in a closed system.
  • The Baking Soda Task is an excellent way for students to explore conservation of mass as they perform experiments with vinegar and baking soda
11. Explain and give examples of how the motion of an object can be described by its position, direction of motion, and speed.

12. Graph and interpret distance vs. time graphs for constant speed. 13. Differentiate between potential and kinetic energy. Identify situations where kinetic energy is transformed into potential energy and vice versa.
  • Observe the transfer from potential to kinetic energy as the students' car moves down the ramp in Vehicles in Motion

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