CK-12's Physical Science resources provide hundreds of readings on focused topics, from levers to liquids to light. Middle and high school students will enjoy the brief articles as well as the associated resources that can help extend understanding or offer practice. Take advantage of the FlexBook textbook here, which compiles approximately 300 physical science concepts but can be reworked to include just the topics you want to teach. You can even edit the text!
If using the FlexBook, the coordinating teacher editions offer worksheets and assessments. You could theoretically make this the backbone of your middle school curriculum, and easily weave in labs and activities you already know and love. As with other CK-12 science subjects, the gems are the related resources, especially the Real World Application pieces. Often an afterthought, this is where quality videos, articles, and links are ready and waiting. Try having small groups work with one extension each, and use a jigsaw activity to share and discuss.Continue reading Show less
Key Standards Supported
Construct and interpret graphical displays of data to describe the relationships of kinetic energy to the mass of an object and to the speed of an object.
Develop and use models to illustrate that energy at the macroscopic scale can be accounted for as a combination of energy associated with the motions of particles (objects) and energy associated with the relative position of particles (objects).
Develop and use a model of two objects interacting through electric or magnetic fields to illustrate the forces between objects and the changes in energy of the objects due to the interaction.
Matter and Its Interactions
Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.
Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society.
Develop and use a model to describe how the total number of atoms does not change in a chemical reaction and thus mass is conserved.
Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms.
Apply scientific principles and evidence to provide an explanation about the effects of changing the temperature or concentration of the reacting particles on the rate at which a reaction occurs.
Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
Ask questions about data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces.
Analyze data to support the claim that Newton’s second law of motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration.
Use mathematical representations to support the claim that the total momentum of a system of objects is conserved when there is no net force on the system.
Use mathematical representations of Newton’s Law of Gravitation and Coulomb’s Law to describe and predict the gravitational and electrostatic forces between objects.
Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer
Use mathematical representations to describe a simple model for waves that includes how the amplitude of a wave is related to the energy in a wave.
Develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.
Use mathematical representations to support a claim regarding relationships among the frequency, wavelength, and speed of waves traveling in various media.
Evaluate questions about the advantages of using a digital transmission and storage of information.
Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning behind the idea that electromagnetic radiation can be described either by a wave model or a particle model, and that for some situations one model is more useful than the other.