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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

3-21-2012 Understanding Potential Matters - CCCS for Science

5.2 Physical Science: All students will understand that physical science principles, including fundamental ideas about matter, energy, and motion, are powerful conceptual tools for making sense of phenomena in physical, living, and Earth systems science.

C. Forms of Energy :  Knowing the characteristics of familiar forms of energy, including potential and kinetic energy, is useful in coming to the understanding that, for the most part, the natural world can be explained and is predictable.
By the end of grade
Content Statement
Cumulative Progress Indicator (CPI)
Light travels in a straight line until it interacts with an object or material. Light can be absorbed, redirected, bounced back, or allowed to pass through. The path of reflected or refracted light can be predicted.
Predict the path of reflected or refracted light using reflecting and refracting telescopes as examples.
  1. Reflecting Light
  2. Colored Light
  3. Keeping Warm
  4. Changing Sounds
  5. Circuits
  6. Electrical Conductors
  7. Energy Transfer and Storage
  8. Electric Current and Voltage
  9. Signal Circuit
  10. Magnets and Electric Current
  11. AC/DC Circuit and DC Circuit
  12. Electric Field Hockey
  13. Tornadoes
  14. Sea Breezes
  15. BrainPop Energy
  16. FOSS Electronics
  17. Solar Energy
  18. Energy Kids

Visible light from the Sun is made up of a mixture of all colors of light. To see an object, light emitted or reflected by that object must enter the eye.

Describe how to prisms can be used to demonstrate that visible light from the Sun is made up of different colors.
The transfer of thermal energy by conduction, convection, and radiation can produce large-scale events such as those seen in weather.

Relate the transfer of heat from oceans and land masses to the evolution of a hurricane.
A tiny fraction of the light energy from the Sun reaches Earth. Light energy from the Sun is Earth’s primary source of energy, heating Earth surfaces and providing the energy that results in wind, ocean currents, and storms.
Structure evidence to explain the relatively high frequency of tornadoes in “Tornado Alley.”

Energy is transferred from place to place. Light energy can be thought of as traveling in rays. Thermal energy travels via conduction and convection.


Model and explain current technologies used to capture solar energy for the purposes of converting it to electrical energy.

Please share your own ideas, links, and lessons for teaching this standard.

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