6th Grade (SCI) Physical Science Standards [PS1] Matter and Its Interaction
SCI-MS.PS1.01 Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules
and extended structures.
Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on developing models of molecules that vary in complexity. Examples of simple molecules
could include ammonia and methanol. Examples of extended structures could include sodium chloride or
diamonds. Examples of molecular-level models could include drawings, 3D ball and stick structures, or
computer representations showing different molecules with different types of atoms. Disciplinary Core Ideas PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
Substances are made from different types of
atoms, which combine with one another in
various ways. Atoms form molecules that
range in size from two to thousands of atoms.
Solids may be formed from molecules, or they
may be extended structures with repeating
subunits (e.g., crystals).
Student Learning Targets:
I can recognize names and symbols of common elements.
I can use the periodic table to compare elements
Skills (Performance) Targets
I can count the numbers and types of atoms in a molecular formula.
I can count the numbers and types of atoms in a structural formula.
I can compare elements characteristics based on their families/groups
I can construct a model of an atom
I can construct or deconstruct molecular formula (molecules/compounds).
The Student can ...
... with help, demonstrate a partial understanding of some of the simpler details and processes (Score 2.0 content) and some of the more complex ideas and processes (Score 3.0 content).
... demonstrate no major errors or omissions regarding the simpler details and processes but exhibits major errors or omissions regarding the more complex ideas and processes (Score 3.0 content).
recognizes or recalls specific terminology, such as:
structural & molecular formula
atom, element, molecule, compound
proton, neutron, electron, nucleus
performs basic processes, such as:
counts numbers and types of atoms in a molecular formula
“The Standard.” ... demonstrate no major errors or omissions regarding any of the information and processes that were end of instruction expectations.
Constructs models of molecules from a molecular formula
Construct models of a network solid (salt, diamond, etc.)
Constructs model of an atom including subatomic particles
... demonstrate in-depth inferences and applications regarding more complex material that go beyond end of instruction expectations.