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M/J Comprehensive Science 3

by Florida Association of School Administrators

This course material is only available in the iTunes U app on iPhone or iPad.

Course Description

This course offers a variety of resources for teachers and students to utilize to help master eighth grade New Generation State Standards in Science.  Resource formats include applications, videos, podcasts, ibooks, websites, and documents in digital form.

Comprehensive Science 3 includes standards that address the following:

Nature of Science
  • The Practice of Science
  • Characteristics of Scientific Knowledge
  • The Role of Theories, Laws, Hypotheses, and Models
  • Science and Society
  • Properties of Matter
  • Changes of Matter
  • Matter and Energy Transformations
Earth in Space and Time
  • Stars, Distances, Galaxies, and the Universe
  • Solar Properties
  • Geocentric and Heliocentric Models
  • Law of Universal Gravitation
  • Seasons, Moon Phases, Tides, and Eclipses
  • Electromagnetic Spectrum and Planetary Images
  • Technology and Space Exploration

Assignments include a 5E label that suggests a particular part of a science lesson during which the resource can be used to support curriculum.  However, teachers may choose to incorporate the resource within any portion of a 5E lesson depending upon how they use the resource with their students. The 5E lesson format includes the following components:

  1. Engage: Students' interest is piqued in a relevant way that may connect to prior knowledge.
  2. Explore: Students are involved in the topic so that they can develop their own understanding of concepts via interactive or inquiry activities.
  3. Explain: Students demonstrate an understanding of a concept based on previous experiences and research.
  4. Elaborate: Students apply concepts in context and build upon their understanding or skill.
  5. Evaluate:  Students' understanding of concepts is assessed.
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