From here you can access all of our Common Core resources for grades K – 6. We have CCSS checklists currently available for grades 7 and 8 but do not yet have completed “I Can” statements. Our hope is to have the “I Can” statements available for 7th and 8th grades by the end of 2014.
We are often asked why we have changed our original “I Can” statements. This change occurred for two reasons. First, there have been significant changes to the first set of CCSS standards that were published. Because of this, we felt that our resources needed an update. Second, after spending time looking at our first set of “I Can” statements, we felt that they could be reworded to better spiral between grade levels. We hope you find these new resources useful!
7th & 8th Grade Checklists for CCSS
As a part of our partnership with Variquest, we created a lesson and anchor chart for introducing students to the scientific method. We are sharing this lesson along with the free printable materials below.
Anchor Chart Print on your poster maker for a great classroom decoration that is meaningful!
Recording Page This organizer is designed to be used with any science lab.
Quick Check Page This organizer contains six boxes for students to share their understanding of the six steps. It could also be used for students to take notes on and then add to their science notebooks.
Pass out “My Science Lab Notes” to each student.
Prepare your Smartboard with a copy of “My Science Lab Notes” so students have a model to work from.
Pass around the five pennies and ask students to make some observations about them (round, hard, have writing, flat, dirty, etc).
Next ask the students if they see a problem with the pennies. Help lead them to the conclusion that they are very dirty and difficult to read.
QUESTION - Tell the students that the Scientific Method begins with a question to be answered. What kinds of questions could they come up with about these pennies? Discuss several of the questions, but help lead them to the question, “What is the best way to clean a penny?” or something similar. Fill out the Ask Questions section of “My Science Lab Notes” together.
RESEARCH – Since many primary students are still in the beginning stages of learning to research, at this point ask the class what key words /phrases they can think of to search the internet to find an answer to the question. Fill out the Research the Problem section of “My Science Lab Notes” together and then do some simple research online.
FORM A HYPOTHESIS – Ask the class if they have ever heard the word “hypothesis” and discuss answers (if any). If not volunteered by a student, tell them that a hypothesis is a scientific word for a best guess. Help them to form a hypothesis similar to “We think that _____________ will clean the penny best because ________________.” Fill out the Form a Hypothesis section of “My Science Lab Notes” together.
TEST YOUR HYPOTHESIS – Show and discuss the liquids you have set up to clean the pennies. Guide them through the steps the class will take to test the hypothesis/clean the pennies. Fill out the Test Your Hypothesis section of “My Science Lab Notes” together.
SHARE YOUR RESULTS – After completing the testing portion of the experiment fill out the Share Your Results section of “My Science Lab Notes” together. Discuss how in this case your results will simply be shared on the notes page in a sentence format, but that there are other ways to share results too – making a visual or display, making a presentation or writing a paper.
CONCLUSION – As a class practice writing a conclusion based on the research done and the actual experiment involved. Fill out the Draw a Conclusion section of “My Science Lab Notes” together.
You will find more resources on VariQuest’s Blog.