K-12 Enduring Understandings/Essential Questions

Overarching enduring understandings provide a conceptual foundation for all students. These statements focus on larger concepts or processes and the relationships that exist that foster transfer of discrete knowledge and skill. As these enduring understandings are written closer to the classroom and grade level, they become more specific and granular in levels of sophistication. 

Essential questions prompt inquiry, transfer and, through a PK-12 level lens, are more general in nature; providing the opportunity for students to answer the questions in progressively higher levels of sophistication as they progress through the grade levels. 

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that:

Matter, energy, and motion are powerful conceptual tools for making sense of phenomena in physical, living, and Earth systems science.

The Earth operates as a set of complex, dynamic and interconnected systems.

The Earth is part of the all-encompassing system of the universe. 

Life science principles are powerful conceptual tools for making sense of the complexity, diversity, and interconnectedness of life on Earth. 

Order in natural systems arises in accordance with rules that govern the physical world, and the order of natural systems can be modeled and predicted through the use of mathematics. 

Essential Questions

  • How do systems respond to stimuli?
  • What role does cause and effect? 
  • How do living things rely on each other and their environment for life?
  • How does the sun impact Earth’s ecosystems?
  • How does energy and matter cycle through ecosystems?
  • How do physical and chemical changes in substances impact people and places? 
  • How does matter cycle?
  • How do force and motion affect our daily life?
  • How does energy (i.e. light, electricity, sound, heat, magnetic) move?
  • How can you describe energy (i.e. light, electricity, sound, heat, magnetic)? 
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