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.
11. Explain and give examples of how the motion of an object can be described by its position, direction of motion, and speed.
- The Baking
Soda Task is an excellent way for students to
explore conservation of mass as they perform experiments
with vinegar and baking soda
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