Standards Alignment

On the Air 2020 is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS); the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs) and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Standards alignment information can be found below, as well as the beginning of each unit.

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NGSS Standards

Focus standards (F) appear multiple times throughout the module and receive specific instruction. Background standards (B) are utilized less frequently in the module and may not be addressed explicitly.

For more detailed information about the standards themselves, what aspects of each standard appear in each module, and standards for additional grade levels, see each module’s specific standards overview pages.

Science & Engineering Practices
Module 1
Module 2
Module 3
Module 4
Module 5
Developing & Using Models
F
F
F
Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
B
B
B
Constructing Explanations
B
B
F
Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information
B
Engaging in Argument from Evidence
F
Analyzing Data
B
F
Asking Questions & Defining Problems
B
Using Mathematics & Computational Thinking
B
Disciplinary Core Ideas
Module 1
Module 2
Module 3
Module 4
Module 5
LS 1.A Structure & Function
F
B
LS 2.A Independent Relationships in Ecosystems
B
B
LS 2.C Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
B
F
ESS 2.D Weather & Climate
B
ESS 3.C Human Impacts on Earth Systems
F
F
B
B
ESS 3.D Global Climate Change
F
ETS 1.B: Developing Possible Solutions
B
Crosscutting Concepts
Module 1
Module 2
Module 3
Module 4
Module 5
Systems & System Models
F
B
F
Cause & Effect
B
F
F
F
Patterns
F
B
Scale, Proportion & Quantity
B
Performance Expectations
Module 1
Module 2
Module 3
Module 4
Module 5
MS-LS 1-3 The body is a system of interacting subsystems
F
MS-LS 2-3 Cycling of matter and flow of energy in ecosystems
B
MS-LS 2-4 Changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations
B
F
MS-ESS 3-3 Monitor and minimize a human impact on the environment
B
F
B
MS-ESS 3-4 Human population and consumption of natural resources impact Earth systems
F
B
MS-ESS 3-5 Rise in global temperatures
F

Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs)

Focus standards (F) appear multiple times throughout the module and receive specific instruction. Background standards (B) are utilized less frequently in the module and may not be addressed explicitly.

For more detailed information about the standards themselves, what aspects of each standard appear in each module, and standards for additional grade levels, see each module’s specific standards overview pages.

Scientific Practices
Module 1
Module 2
Module 3
Module 4
Module 5
6.1 (b) Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
B
B
B
6.1 (c) Interpreting, Analyzing, and Evaluating Data
B
F
6.1 (e) Developing and Using Models
F
F
F
6.2 (d) Constructing and Critiquing conclusions and explanations
B
F
F
Earth Science.1 Asking Questions and Defining Problems
B
Science Content
Module 1
Module 2
Module 3
Module 4
Module 5
6.7 Air has properties and Earth’s atmosphere has structure and is dynamic
B
6.8 Land and water have roles in watershed systems
F (a,c,d)
6.9 Human impact on the environment
F (c)
F (c)
F (c,e,f)
Earth Science.6 Resource use is complex
B (a)
Earth Science.11 Atmosphere is a complex, dynamic system
F (d), B (c)
Earth Science.12 Earth’s weather and climate
F (e)

Common Core State Standards

Literacy Standards
Module 1
Module 2
Module 3
Module 4
Module 5
RST.6-8.3: Follow a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments
RST.6-8.4: Determine the meaning of symbols, terms, words, and phrases in context
RST.6-8.7: Integrate information from a text with visual information
WHST.6-8.1: Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content
WHST.6-8.1B: Support claims with logical reasoning, data and evidence
WHST.6-8.2: Write informative/ explanatory texts
WHST.6-8.9: Draw evidence from informational texts
SL.8.1: Engage in a range of collaborative discussions
SL.8.4: Present claims and findings
SL.8.5: Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations
Math Standards
Module 1
Module 2
Module 3
Module 4
Module 5
MP.3: Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
6.RP.A.1: Understand the concept of a ratio and use ratio language
6.RP.A.3: Use ratio and rate reasoning to solve real world and mathematical problems
6.SP.B.5: Summarize numerical data sets in relation to their context
7.RP.A3: Use proportional relationships to solve multistep ratio and percent problems