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Using the links below, units can be downloaded as a PDF or added to a Google Drive folder. The units are also available in print from our partner print vendor. The units below are based on the OpenSciEd Middle School Scope & Sequence. The full OpenSciEd Middle School Science course will be completed in Winter 2022; in the meantime, one unit per grade level will be released every six months starting in August 2019. *All release dates are dependent on a positive external review from Achieve's Science Peer Review Panel.
GRADE 6 UNITS
GRADE 7 UNITS
GRADE 8 UNITS
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6.1 Light & Matter
Why do we sometimes see different things when looking at the same object?
Fall 2020
Unit Overview
6.2 Thermal Energy
How can containers keep stuff from warming up or cooling down?
Released
Unit Overview
6.3 Weather, Climate & Water Cycling
Why does a lot of hail, rain, or snow fall at some times and not others?
Released
Coming Soon
6.4 Rock Cycling & Plate Tectonics
How and why does Earth's surface change?
Winter 2021
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6.5 Natural Hazards
Where do natural hazards happen and how do we prepare for them?
Summer 2021
Coming Soon
6.6 Cells & Systems
How do living things grow and develop?
Winter 2022
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7.1 Chemical Reactions & Matter Transformations
How can we make something new that was not there before?
August 6, 2020
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7.2 Chemical Reactions & Energy
How can we help people make a flameless heater?
Summer 2021
Unit Overview
7.3 Metabolic Reactions
How do things inside our bodies work together to make us feel the way we do?
Released
Unit Overview
7.4 Matter Cycling & Photosynthesis
Where does food come from and where does it go next?
Released
Coming Soon
7.5 Ecosystem Dynamics
How does changing an ecosystem affect what lives there?
Winter 2021
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7.6 Natural Resources & Human Impact
What natural resources do we use and how does it impact our environment?
Winter 2022
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8.1 Contact Forces
Why do things sometimes get damaged when they hit each other?
October 2020
Unit Overview
8.2 Sound Waves
How can a sound make something move?
Released
Unit Overview
8.3 Forces at a Distance
How can a magnet move another object without touching it?
Released
Coming Soon
8.4 Earth in Space
Why do we see patterns in the sky, and what else is out there that we can’t see?
Summer 2021
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8.5 Genetics
Why are living things different from one another?
Winter 2021
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8.6 Natural Selection & Common Ancestry
How do differences between individuals and species' characteristics and behaviors enhance their fitness?
Winter 2022