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    Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

Students who demonstrate understanding can:

Performance Expectations

  1. Ask questions about data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces. MS-PS2-3

    Clarification Statement and Assessment Boundary

A Peformance Expectation (PE) is what a student should be able to do to show mastery of a concept. Some PEs include a Clarification Statement and/or an Assessment Boundary. These can be found by clicking the PE for "More Info." By hovering over a PE, its corresponding pieces from the Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts will be highlighted.

By clicking on a specific Science and Engineering Practice, Disciplinary Core Idea, or Crosscutting Concept, you can find out more information on it. By hovering over one you can find its corresponding elements in the PEs.

Planning Curriculum

Common Core State Standards Connections


  • RST.6-8.1 - Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts. (MS-PS2-3)


  • MP.2 - Reason abstractly and quantitatively. (MS-PS2-3)

Model Course Mapping

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Resources & Lesson Plans

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    A team of teacher curators is working to find, review, and vet online resources that support the standards. Check back often, as NSTA continues to add more targeted resources.
  • Students investigate the actions of charged balloons.  They then use the PhET simulation “Balloons and Static Electricity” to make sense of their observations in the light of electric charge, and the simulation “Electric Field ...

  • This interdisciplinary curriculum unit from the National Energy Education Development Project provides 11 complete lessons for teaching about hydropower and conversion of moving water to electrical energy. The resource includes every component requir ...

  • In this introduction to the concept of electromagnetism, students build and test two versions of electromagnets - with an iron core and without - and compare results.  They follow up by doing an experiment to test the effect of another, student- ...

  • A 5-E lesson about electromagnets.  Students will do an activity to introduce them to the link between electricity and magnetism.  They then test variables that they believe may affect the strength of electromagnets.  The “Elabor ...

  • Students will investigate the characteristics of electromagnetism and then use what they learn to plan and conduct an experiment on electromagnets.

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  • In this series of games, your students will learn about the forces of attraction between charged particles and magnets, and the rules governing those forces. The Electric and Magnetic Forces learning objective — based on NGSS and state standards — de...

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