1 The student, for at least 40% of instructional time, conducts laboratory and field investigations following safety procedures and environmentally appropriate and ethical practices.
2 The student uses scientific practices during laboratory and field investigations.
3 The student uses critical thinking, scientific reasoning, and problem solving to make informed decisions and knows the contributions of relevant scientists.
4 The student knows how to use a variety of tools and safety equipment to conduct science inquiry.
5 The student knows the differences between elements and compounds.
6 The student knows matter has physical properties that can be used for classification.
7 The student knows that some of Earth's energy resources are available on a nearly perpetual basis, while others can be renewed over a relatively short period of time. Some energy resources, once depleted, are essentially nonrenewable.
8 The student knows force and motion are related to potential and kinetic energy.
9 The student knows that the Law of Conservation of Energy states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it just changes form.
10 The student understands the structure of Earth, the rock cycle, and plate tectonics.
11 The student understands the organization of our solar system and the relationships among the various bodies that comprise it.
12 The student knows all organisms are classified into domains and kingdoms. Organisms within these taxonomic groups share similar characteristics that allow them to interact with the living and nonliving parts of their ecosystem.