# CA-MS Life Science Next Generation Science Standards for

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Standard ID
CA.CC.6.EE.
6.EE.6.
Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools
Alternative Discipline Specific Course - Grade Seven: Life Sciences
Standard Text
Expressions and Equations
Reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities.
Use variables to represent numbers and write expressions when solving a real-world or mathematical
problem; understand that a variable can represent an unknown number, or, depending on the purpose at
hand, any number in a specified set.
Edgenuity Lesson Name
Analyzing Data
Scientific Inquiry
6.EE.9.
Represent and analyze quantitative relationships between dependent and independent variables.
Use variables to represent two quantities in a real-world problem that change in relationship to one another;
write an equation to express one quantity, thought of as the dependent variable, in terms of the other
quantity, thought of as the independent variable. Analyze the relationship between the dependent and
independent variables using graphs and tables, and relate these to the equation. For example, in a problem
involving motion at constant speed, list and graph ordered pairs of distances and times, and write the
equation d = 65t to represent the relationship between distance and time.
Lab: Ecological Succession
CA.CC.6.RP.
6.RP.1.
Ratios and Proportional Relationships
Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems.
Understand the concept of a ratio and use ratio language to describe a ratio relationship between two
quantities. For example, &quot;The ratio of wings to beaks in the bird house at the zoo was 2:1, because for every 2
wings there was 1 beak.&quot; &quot;For every vote candidate A received, candidate C received nearly three votes.&quot;
Lab: Heredity and Punnett Squares
6.RP.3.
6.RP.3.a.
Use ratio and rate reasoning to solve real-world and mathematical problems, e.g., by reasoning about tables
of equivalent ratios, tape diagrams, double number line diagrams, or equations.
Make tables of equivalent ratios relating quantities with wholenumber measurements, find missing values in
the tables, and plot the pairs of values on the coordinate plane. Use tables to compare ratios.
Lab: Heredity and Punnett Squares
6.RP.3.b.
6.RP.3.c.
Solve unit rate problems including those involving unit pricing and constant speed. For example, if it took 7
hours to mow 4 lawns, then at that rate, how many lawns could be mowed in 35 hours? At what rate were
lawns being mowed?
Find a percent of a quantity as a rate per 100 (e.g., 30% of a quantity means 30/100 times the quantity); solve
problems involving finding the whole, given a part and the percent.
Predicting Heredity
6.RP.3.d.
Use ratio reasoning to convert measurement units; manipulate and transform units appropriately when
multiplying or dividing quantities.
Measurement
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CA-MS Life Science
Standard ID
CA.CC.6.SP.
6.SP.2.
Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools
Alternative Discipline Specific Course - Grade Seven: Life Sciences
Standard Text
Statistics and Probability
Develop understanding of statistical variability.
Understand that a set of data collected to answer a statistical question has a distribution which can be
described by its center, spread, and overall shape.
Edgenuity Lesson Name
Analyzing Data
6.SP.4.
Summarize and describe distributions.
Display numerical data in plots on a number line, including dot plots, histograms, and box plots.
6.SP.5.
6.SP.5.a.
Summarize numerical data sets in relation to their context, such as by:
Reporting the number of observations.
6.SP.5.b.
Describing the nature of the attribute under investigation, including how it was measured and its units of
measurement.
6.SP.5.c.
Giving quantitative measures of center (median and/or mean) and variability (interquartile range and/or
mean absolute deviation), as well as describing any overall pattern and any striking deviations from the
overall pattern with reference to the context in which the data were gathered.
6.SP.5.d.
Relating the choice of measures of center and variability to the shape of the data distribution and the context
in which the data were gathered.
CA.CC.7.EE.
Expressions and Equations
Solve real-life and mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations.
Solve multi-step real-life and mathematical problems posed with positive and negative rational numbers in
any form (whole numbers, fractions, and decimals), using tools strategically. Apply properties of operations to
calculate with numbers in any form; convert between forms as appropriate; and assess the reasonableness of
answers using mental computation and estimation strategies. For example: If a woman making \$25 an hour
gets a 10% raise, she will make an additional 1/10 of her salary an hour, or \$2.50, for a new salary of \$27.50. If
you want to place a towel bar 9 3/4 inches long in the center of a door that is 27 1/2 inches wide, you will
need to place the bar about 9 inches from each edge; this estimate can be used as a check on the exact
computation.
Analyzing Data
Lab: Ecological Succession
Lab: Ecological Succession
Lab: Ecological Succession
Lab: Ecological Succession
7.EE.3.
Lab: Natural Selection
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CA-MS Life Science
Standard ID
CA.CC.7.SP.
7.SP.7.
7.SP.7.a.
Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools
Alternative Discipline Specific Course - Grade Seven: Life Sciences
Standard Text
Statistics and Probability
Investigate chance processes and develop, use, and evaluate probability models.
Develop a probability model and use it to find probabilities of events. Compare probabilities from a model to
observed frequencies; if the agreement is not good, explain possible sources of the discrepancy.
Develop a uniform probability model by assigning equal probability to all outcomes, and use the model to
determine probabilities of events. For example, if a student is selected at random from a class, find the
probability that Jane will be selected and the probability that a girl will be selected.
Edgenuity Lesson Name
Analyzing Data
Predicting Heredity
7.SP.7.b.
Develop a probability model (which may not be uniform) by observing frequencies in data generated from a
chance process. For example, find the approximate probability that a spinning penny will land heads up or
that a tossed paper cup will land open-end down. Do the outcomes for the spinning penny appear to be
equally likely based on the observed frequencies?
Analyzing Data
Predicting Heredity
CA.CC.MP.
MP.2.
Mathematical Practices
Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
MP.4.
Model with mathematics.
CA.MS-ETS.
MS-ETS1.
ENGINEERING DESIGN
Engineering Design
Students who demonstrate understanding can:
Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful
solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural
environment that may limit possible solutions.
Asexual and Sexual Reproduction
Lab: Natural Selection
MS-ETS1-1.
Technological Design
MS-ETS1-2.
Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria
and constraints of the problem.
Biodiversity
Technological Design
MS-ETS1-3.
Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify
the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for
success.
MS-ETS1-4.
Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process
such that an optimal design can be achieved.
Technological Design
Biodiversity
Technological Design
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CA-MS Life Science
Standard ID
CA.MS-LS.
MS-LS1.
MS-LS1-1.
Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools
Alternative Discipline Specific Course - Grade Seven: Life Sciences
Standard Text
LIFE SCIENCE
From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
Students who demonstrate understanding can:
Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many
different numbers and types of cells.
Edgenuity Lesson Name
Bacteria
Cell Theory
Characteristics of Life
Fungi
Lab: Exploring Cells
Protists
MS-LS1-2.
Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the
function.
Animal and Plant Cells
Cell Cycle
Cell Structure
Cellular Interactions with the Environment
Cellular Respiration
Genetic Code
Lab: Building Proteins from RNA
Lab: Exploring Cells
Meiosis
Photosynthesis
MS-LS1-3.
Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of
groups of cells.
Body Organization and Homeostasis
The Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
The Digestive and Excretory Systems
The Immune System
The Musculoskeletal and Integumentary
Systems
The Nervous and Endocrine Systems
The Reproductive System
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CA-MS Life Science
Standard ID
MS-LS1-4.
Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools
Alternative Discipline Specific Course - Grade Seven: Life Sciences
Standard Text
Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how
characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful
reproduction of animals and plants respectively.
Edgenuity Lesson Name
Angiosperms
Animal Behavior
Gymnosperms
Lab: Earthworm Behavior
Lab: Flower Dissection
Overview of Animals
Overview of Plants
Plant Responses
MS-LS1-5.
Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the
growth of organisms.
DNA Mutations
Genetic Code
Inheritance Patterns
Introduction to Heredity
Lab: Heredity and Punnett Squares
Lab: Natural Selection
Natural Selection
Populations
Predicting Heredity
MS-LS1-6.
Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter
and flow of energy into and out of organisms.
Cycles of Matter
Energy Flow in Ecosystems
Photosynthesis
MS-LS1-7.
Develop a model to describe how food is rearranged through chemical reactions forming new molecules that
support growth and/or release energy as this matter moves through an organism.
Building Blocks of Life
The Digestive and Excretory Systems
MS-LS1-8.
Gather and synthesize information that sensory receptors respond to stimuli by sending messages to the
brain for immediate behavior or storage as memories.
The Nervous and Endocrine Systems
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CA-MS Life Science
Standard ID
MS-LS2.
MS-LS2-1.
Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools
Alternative Discipline Specific Course - Grade Seven: Life Sciences
Standard Text
Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
Students who demonstrate understanding can:
Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and
populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
Edgenuity Lesson Name
Biodiversity
Cycles of Matter
Energy Flow in Ecosystems
Living Things and the Environment
Populations
MS-LS2-2.
Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
Biomes
Energy Flow in Ecosystems
Interactions among Living Things
Lab: Interdependence of Organisms
Lab: Owl Pellets
MS-LS2-3.
Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an
ecosystem.
Cycles of Matter
Energy Flow in Ecosystems
MS-LS2-4.
Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of
an ecosystem affect populations.
Human Impact on the Environment
Lab: Ecological Succession
Natural Environmental Change
Succession
MS-LS2-5.
Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
CA.MS-LS.
MS-LS3.
LIFE SCIENCE
Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
Students who demonstrate understanding can:
Develop and use a model to describe why structural changes to genes (mutations) located on chromosomes
may affect proteins and may result in harmful, beneficial, or neutral effects to the structure and function of
the organism.
Biodiversity
MS-LS3-1.
DNA Mutations
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CA-MS Life Science
Standard ID
MS-LS3-2.
Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools
Alternative Discipline Specific Course - Grade Seven: Life Sciences
Standard Text
Develop and use a model to describe why asexual reproduction results in offspring with identical genetic
information and sexual reproduction results in offspring with genetic variation.
Edgenuity Lesson Name
Asexual and Sexual Reproduction
Cell Cycle
Inheritance Patterns
Introduction to Heredity
Lab: Heredity and Punnett Squares
Meiosis
Predicting Heredity
MS-LS4.
MS-LS4-1.
Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
Students who demonstrate understanding can:
Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction,
and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws
operate today as in the past.
Evidence for Evolution
The Fossil Record
The Theory of Evolution
MS-LS4-2.
Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among
modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships.
MS-LS4-3.
Analyze displays of pictorial data to compare patterns of similarities in the embryological development across
multiple species to identify relationships not evident in the fully formed anatomy.
MS-LS4-4.
Construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variations of traits in a population
increase some individuals' probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment.
Evolutionary Relationships
Evidence for Evolution
Natural Selection
MS-LS4-5.
Gather and synthesize information about the technologies that have changed the way humans influence the
inheritance of desired traits in organisms.
MS-LS4-6.
Use mathematical representations to support explanations of how natural selection may lead to increases
and decreases of specific traits in populations over time.
CA.CC.RI.6.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by
reasons and evidence from claims that are not.
Lab: Natural Selection
RI.6.8.
Evaluating Scientific Explanations
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CA-MS Life Science
Standard ID
CA.CC.RI.8.
RI.8.8.
Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools
Alternative Discipline Specific Course - Grade Seven: Life Sciences
Standard Text
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound
and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.
Edgenuity Lesson Name
Evaluating Scientific Explanations
CA.RST.6-8.
RST.6-8.1.
Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects
Key Ideas and Details
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.
Characteristics of Life
RST.6-8.2.
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from
prior knowledge or opinions.
Evolutionary Relationships
RST.6-8.4.
Craft and Structure
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used
in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.
Cell Structure
Classification of Living Things
Dichotomous Keys
Lab: Dichotomous Keys
RST.6-8.7.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information
expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
RST.6-8.8.
Distinguish among facts, reasoned judgment based on research findings, and speculation in a text.
RST.6-8.9.
Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources
with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.
CA.CC.SL.8.
Speaking and Listening Standards
Comprehension and Collaboration
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with
diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others&acirc;€™ ideas and expressing their own
clearly.
Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that
preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under
discussion.
Animal and Plant Cells
Populations
Human Impact on the Environment
SL.8.1.
SL.8.1.a.
The Nervous and Endocrine Systems
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CA-MS Life Science
Standard ID
SL.8.1.b.
SL.8.1.c.
SL.8.1.d.
SL.8.4.
SL.8.4.a.
SL.8.5.
CA.WHST.6-8.
WHST.6-8.1.
WHST.6-8.1.a.
WHST.6-8.1.b.
WHST.6-8.1.c.
WHST.6-8.1.d.
WHST.6-8.1.e.
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Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools
Alternative Discipline Specific Course - Grade Seven: Life Sciences
Standard Text
Edgenuity Lesson Name
Follow rules for collegial discussions and decision-making, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines,
and define individual roles as needed.
The Nervous and Endocrine Systems
Pose questions that connect the ideas of several speakers and respond to others' questions and comments
with relevant evidence, observations, and ideas.
The Nervous and Endocrine Systems
Acknowledge new information expressed by others, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views in
light of the evidence presented.
The Nervous and Endocrine Systems
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
Present claims and findings (e.g., argument, narrative, response to literature presentations), emphasizing
salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen
details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.CA
Plan and present a narrative that: establishes a context and point of view, presents a logical sequence, uses
narrative techniques (e.g., dialogue, pacing, description, sensory language), uses a variety of transitions, and
provides a conclusion that reflects the experience. CA
The Nervous and Endocrine Systems
Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and
Cell Structure
Writing Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects
Text Types and Purposes
Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.
Introduce claim(s) about a topic or issue, acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing
claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.
Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant, accurate data and evidence that demonstrate an
understanding of the topic or text, using credible sources.
Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s),
counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
Establish and maintain a formal style.
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
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CA-MS Life Science
Standard ID
WHST.6-8.2.
WHST.6-8.2.a.
Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools
Alternative Discipline Specific Course - Grade Seven: Life Sciences
Standard Text
Edgenuity Lesson Name
Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/
experiments, or technical processes.
Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader
categories as appropriate to achieving purpose; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts,
tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
Lab: Owl Pellets
WHST.6-8.2.b.
Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other
information and examples.
Lab: Owl Pellets
WHST.6-8.2.c.
Use appropriate and varied transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and
concepts.
WHST.6-8.2.d.
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
WHST.6-8.2.e.
Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone.
WHST.6-8.2.f.
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation
presented.
Lab: Owl Pellets
Lab: Owl Pellets
Lab: Owl Pellets
Lab: Owl Pellets
WHST.6-8.7.
Research to Build and Present Knowledge
Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on
several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of
exploration.
Biodiversity
WHST.6-8.8.
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources (primary and secondary), using search
terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and
conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation. CA
WHST.6-8.9.
Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis reflection, and research.
The Nervous and Endocrine Systems
Biodiversity
Asexual and Sexual Reproduction
Biodiversity
Biomes
Cellular Interactions with the Environment
Cellular Respiration
DNA Mutations
Evolutionary Relationships
Fungi
Human Impact on the Environment
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CA-MS Life Science
Standard ID
WHST.6-8.9.
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Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools
Alternative Discipline Specific Course - Grade Seven: Life Sciences
Standard Text
Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis reflection, and research.
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Edgenuity Lesson Name
Lab: Dichotomous Keys
Lab: Earthworm Behavior
Lab: Heredity and Punnett Squares
Lab: Interdependence of Organisms
Lab: Natural Selection
Lesson
Plant Responses
Technological Design
The Digestive and Excretory Systems
The Immune System
The Nervous and Endocrine Systems
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