Emergency High School Middle School Science Sub Plan Set Reading and Worksheet

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Flying Colors Science
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7th - 10th
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Includes both PRINT and DIGITAL options! SAVE 30% OFF LIST PRICES! This bundle of READY-TO-GO and NO PREP science substitute plans contains 6 resources that are perfect to leave on days when you cannot leave a more specific plan. Each includes an informative article and a corresponding worksheet that asks text-dependent questions.

These resources are PERFECT AS SUB PLANS because:

  • The topics are engaging for kids and relate science topics to the real world.
  • NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE is required - all the information kids need is included in the text.
  • Clear answer keys are included, making it easy for a sub to review.
  • Each article supports literacy, reading comprehension, and vocabulary acquisition.
  • All included lessons are linked to NGSS science standards.
  • No copies needed! Digital Google Slides versions are provided for all lessons.
  • Using the paper version? Spend less time at the copier! Each article is separate from the student worksheets, so you only need to make one class set of the readings. They can be reused class-class.

INCLUDED ARTICLES (All include a student worksheet with analysis questions):

Health Risks in Space (NGSS MS-ESS1-1)

How Might Animals be Affected by Climate Change? (NGSS MS-ESS3-5, LS2-4)

The Eruption of Mt. St. Helens (NGSS MS-ESS2-2, ESS3-2)

How Were Elements Named? (NGSS MS-PS1-1)

Pro and Cons of Cloning (NGSS MS-LS4-5)

Ocean Acidification (NGSS MS-ESS3-5, LS2-4)

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms. Examples of local environmental conditions could include availability of food, light, space, and water. Examples of genetic factors could include large breed cattle and species of grass affecting growth of organisms. Examples of evidence could include drought decreasing plant growth, fertilizer increasing plant growth, different varieties of plant seeds growing at different rates in different conditions, and fish growing larger in large ponds than they do in small ponds. Assessment does not include genetic mechanisms, gene regulation, or biochemical processes.
Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects. Emphasis is on how some natural hazards, such as volcanic eruptions and severe weather, are preceded by phenomena that allow for reliable predictions, but others, such as earthquakes, occur suddenly and with no notice, and thus are not yet predictable. Examples of natural hazards can be taken from interior processes (such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions), surface processes (such as mass wasting and tsunamis), or severe weather events (such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods). Examples of data can include the locations, magnitudes, and frequencies of the natural hazards. Examples of technologies can be global (such as satellite systems to monitor hurricanes or forest fires) or local (such as building basements in tornado-prone regions or reservoirs to mitigate droughts).
Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales. Emphasis is on how processes change Earth’s surface at time and spatial scales that can be large (such as slow plate motions or the uplift of large mountain ranges) or small (such as rapid landslides or microscopic geochemical reactions), and how many geoscience processes (such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and meteor impacts) usually behave gradually but are punctuated by catastrophic events. Examples of geoscience processes include surface weathering and deposition by the movements of water, ice, and wind. Emphasis is on geoscience processes that shape local geographic features, where appropriate.
Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations. Emphasis is on recognizing patterns in data and making warranted inferences about changes in populations, and on evaluating empirical evidence supporting arguments about changes to ecosystems.
Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system. Emphasis for the model is on gravity as the force that holds together the solar system and Milky Way galaxy and controls orbital motions within them. Examples of models can be physical (such as the analogy of distance along a football field or computer visualizations of elliptical orbits) or conceptual (such as mathematical proportions relative to the size of familiar objects such as students’ school or state). Assessment does not include Kepler’s Laws of orbital motion or the apparent retrograde motion of the planets as viewed from Earth.


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