Middle School Science

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New Jersey Core Curriculum

Content Standards for Science

updated 6.26.11



NJCCCS Website has detailed information for each standard:


5.1 Science Practices

  • Science is both a body of knowledge and an evidence-based, model-building enterprise that continually extends, refines, and revises knowledge. The four Science Practices strands encompass the knowledge and reasoning skills that students must acquire to be proficient in science.

5.2 Physical Science

  • 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.

5.3 Life Science

  • 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.

5.4 Earth Systems

  • The Earth operates as a set of complex and dynamic interconnected systems, and is a part of the all encompassing system of the Universe.

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