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Middle School | Science | Astronomy

Know and apply concepts that explain the composition and structure of the universe and Earth’s place in it. This goal is comprised of key concepts and principles in the life, physical and earth/space sciences that have considerable explanatory and predictive power for scientists and non-scientists alike. These ideas have been thoroughly studied and have stood the test of time. Knowing and being able to apply these concepts, principles and processes help students understand what they observe in nature and through scientific experimentation. A working knowledge of these concepts and principles allows students to relate new subject matter to material previously learned and to create deeper and more meaningful levels of understanding.

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Know and apply concepts that explain the composition and structure of the universe and Earth’s place in it:

  • Simulate, analyze and explain the effects of gravitational force in the solar system (e.g., orbital shape and speed, tides, spherical shape of the planets and moons).
  • Describe the organization and physical characteristics of the solar system (e.g., sun, planets, satellites, asteroids, comets).
  • Compare and contrast the sun as a star with other objects in the Milky Way Galaxy (e.g., nebulae, dust clouds, stars, black holes).

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