Resources

SIPS Resources

The SIPS partners are producing a wide range of science assessment resources for public access and use that are coordinated and aligned across all parts of a standards-based system of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. With coherence as a guiding principle, SIPS is engaging state and local educators from all six partner states to identify meaningful bundles of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) performance expectations for grades 5 and 8 and to create four unit maps (i.e., instructional frameworks) to cover those expectations. Each unit map is accompanied by a suite of curriculum, instruction, and assessment resources designed to support high-quality, three-dimensional science teaching and learning along a year-long instructional pathway.

For more information about the SIPS resources, see the SIPS Assessment Model Interpretive Guide (.ppt, .pdf).

Grade 5 Unit 1: Matter and Its Interactions

The Grade 5 Unit 1 topic, “Matter and Its Interactions,” organizes the Next Generation Science Standards performance expectations with a focus on helping students develop an understanding of matter and its interactions and the structure, properties, and conservation of matter.

Grade 5 Unit 1 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Resources

Unit Map / Instructional Framework (.docx, .pdf)

Curriculum

  • Claim, Measurement Target, and PE Bundle (.docx, .pdf)
  • Storyline Overview (.docx, .pdf)
  • Student Profile (.docx, .pdf)
  • Policy and Range Performance Level Descriptors (.docx, .pdf)
  • Stage 1 Learning Goals* (See Unit Map / Instructional Framework)

Assessment

  • Stage 2 Instructionally-embedded Assessments* (See Unit Map / Instructional Framework)
  • Designing Equitable Assessments for Diverse Learners (.docx, .pdf)
  • Sample Instructionally-embedded Assessments:
    • Segment 1: “Title”
      • Task Specification Tool (.docx, .pdf)
      • Task (.docx, .pdf)
    • Segment 2: “Title”
      • Task Specification Tool (.docx, .pdf)
      • Task (.docx, .pdf)
    • Segment 3: “Title”
      • Task Specification Tool (.docx, .pdf)
      • Task (.docx, .pdf)
  • End-of-Unit Assessment (.docx, .pdf)
    • Assessment Scoring Guide (.docx, .pdf)
    • Design Tools:
      • SIPS Complexity Framework (.docx, .pdf)
      • Unpacking Tool (.docx, .pdf)
      • Design Pattern (.docx, .pdf)
      • Task 1 Specification Tool: “What’s the Matter” (.docx, .pdf)
      • Task 2 Specification Tool: “What Just Happened?” (.docx, .pdf)
      • Task 3 Specification Tool: “Change or Not?” (.docx, .pdf)

Instruction

  • Stage 3 Learning Plan* (See Unit Map / Instructional Framework)
  • Differentiation Strategies and Resources (.docx, .pdf)
  • Sample Lessons:
    • Segment 1: “What is Air?” (.docx, .pdf)
    • Segment 3: “Where Did it Go?” (.docx, .pdf)

*Embedded within Unit Map / Instructional Framework

Grade 5 Unit 2: Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems

The Grade 5 Unit 2 topic, “Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems” organizes the Next Generation Science Standards performance expectations with a focus on helping students develop an understanding of the interconnectedness of organisms and environments within ecosystems, and how matter cycles and energy flows within these ecosystems that enable living things to grow and survive.

Grade 5 Unit 2 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Resources

Unit Map / Instructional Framework (.docx, .pdf)

Curriculum

  • Claim, Measurement Target, and PE Bundle (.docx, .pdf)
  • Storyline Overview (.ppt, .pdf)
  • Student Profile (.docx, .pdf)
  • Policy and Range Performance Level Descriptors (.docx, .pdf)
  • Stage 1 Learning Goals* (See Unit Map / Instructional Framework)

Assessment

  • Stage 2 Instructionally-embedded Assessments* (See Unit Map / Instructional Framework)
  • Designing Equitable Assessments for Diverse Learners (.docx, .pdf)
  • Sample Instructionally-embedded Assessments:
    • Segment 1: “The Life of a Bear”
    • Segment 2: “Lights for Plants, On or Off?”
    • Segment 3: “Movement and Decomposition of Matter in an Ecosystem”
  • End-of-Unit Assessment
    • Student Assessment Packet (.docx, .pdf)
    • Assessment Scoring Guide (.docx, .pdf)
    • Design Tools:
      • SIPS Complexity Framework (.docx, .pdf)
      • Unpacking Tool (.docx, .pdf)
      • Design Pattern (.docx, .pdf)
      • Task 1 Specification Tool: “What it Takes to Grow” (.docx, .pdf)
      • Task 2 Specification Tool: “Our Friend the Worm” (.docx, .pdf)
      • Task 3 Specification Tool: “Cycling Through a System” (.docx, .pdf)

Instruction

  • Stage 3 Learning Plan* (See Unit Map / Instructional Framework)
  • Differentiation Strategies and Resources (.docx, .pdf)
  • Sample Lessons:
    • Segment 1: “Matter Matters” (.docx, .pdf)
    • Segment 3: “Matter Cycles through Decomposition: What’s the Breakdown?” (.docx, .pdf)

*Embedded within Unit Map / Instructional Framework

Grade 5 Unit 3: Earth Systems and the Solution of Water Problems

The Grade 5 Unit 3 topic, “Earth Systems and the Solution of Water Problems,” organizes performance expectations with a focus on the interconnectedness of how different Earth systems interact with each other and how water plays an important role for each of the four Earth systems, especially the biosphere.

Grade 5 Unit 3 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Resources

Unit Map / Instructional Framework (.docx, .pdf)

Curriculum

  • Claim, Measurement Target, and PE Bundle (.docx, .pdf)
  • Storyline Overview (.ppt, .pdf)
  • Student Profile (.docx, .pdf)
  • Policy and Range Performance Level Descriptors (.docx, .pdf)
  • Stage 1 Learning Goals* (See Unit Map / Instructional Framework)

Assessment

  • Stage 2 Instructionally-embedded Assessments* (See Unit Map / Instructional Framework)
  • Designing Equitable Assessments for Diverse Learners (.docx, .pdf)
  • Sample Instructionally-embedded Assessments:
    • Segment 1: “Fresh Water by the Numbers”
    • Segment 1: “Clean Water on the Trail”
  • End-of-Unit Assessment
    • Student Assessment Packet (.docx, .pdf)
    • Assessment Scoring Guide (.docx, .pdf)
    • Design Tools:
      • SIPS Complexity Framework (.docx, .pdf)
      • Unpacking Tool (.docx, .pdf)
      • Design Pattern (.docx, .pdf)
      • Task 1 Specification Tool: “Every Drop Counts” (.docx, .pdf)
      • Task 2 Specification Tool: “Searching for Freshwater” (.docx, .pdf)
      • Task 3 Specification Tool: “Protecting Earth’s Soil” (.docx, .pdf)

Instruction

  • Stage 3 Learning Plan* (See Unit Map / Instructional Framework)
  • Differentiation Strategies and Resources (.docx, .pdf)
  • Sample Lessons:
    • Segment 2: “Water, Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink” (.docx, .pdf)
    • Segment 2: “Can You Catch the Water?” (.docx, .pdf)

*Embedded within Unit Map / Instructional Framework

Grade 5 Unit 4: Earth and its Gravitational Force and Motion

The Grade 5 Unit 4 topic, “Earth and its Gravitational Force and Motion,” organizes the Next Generation Science Standards performance expectations with a focus on helping students develop an understanding of how Earth’s spin is related to how much sunlight is received in any location, how Earth’s gravitational force is always directed downwards, and how the distance of Earth from the sun and stars influences their brightness.

Unit 4 Materials Coming Soon . . .

Grade 8 Unit 1: Forces and Energy

The Grade 8 Unit 1 topic, “Forces and Energy,” organizes the Next Generation Science Standards performance expectations with a focus on helping students develop an understanding of the motion of objects and how interactions between objects can be explained and predicted.

 

Grade 8 Unit 1 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Resources

Unit Map / Instructional Framework (.docx, .pdf)

Curriculum

  • Claim, Measurement Target, and PE Bundle (.docx, .pdf)
  • Storyline Overview (.pptx, .pdf)
  • Student Profile (.docx, .pdf)
  • Policy and Range Performance Level Descriptors (.docx, .pdf)
  • Stage 1 Learning Goals* (See Unit Map / Instructional Framework)

Assessment

  • Stage 2 Instructionally-embedded Assessments* (See Unit Map / Instructional Framework)
  • Designing Equitable Assessments for Diverse Learners (.docx, .pdf)
  • Sample Instructionally-embedded Assessments:
    • Segment 3: “Kinetic Energy vs. Mass/Speed Investigation”
    • Segment 4: “Designing Solutions to a Problem Involving a Collision”
  • End-of-Unit Assessment (.docx, .pdf)
    • Assessment Scoring Guide (.docx, .pdf)
    • Design Tools:
      • SIPS Complexity Framework (.docx, .pdf)
      • Unpacking Tool (.docx, .pdf)
      • Design Pattern (.docx, .pdf)
      • Task 1 Specification Tool: “Storing Grocery Carts” (.docx, .pdf)
      • Task 2 Specification Tool: “Barriers on the Highway” (.docx, .pdf)
      • Task 3 Specification Tool: “Roller Coaster Thrills” (.docx, .pdf)

Instruction

  • Stage 3 Learning Plan* (See Unit Map / Instructional Framework)
  • Differentiation Strategies and Resources (.docx, .pdf)
  • Sample Lessons:
    • Segment 1: “Newton’s Third Law” (.docx, .pdf)
    • Segment 2: “Getting to the Bottom of Newton’s Second Law” (.docx, .pdf)

*Embedded within Unit Map / Instructional Framework

Grade 8 Unit 2: Gravity and Motion of Objects in the Solar System

The Grade 8 Unit 2 topic, “Gravity and Motion of Objects in the Solar System,” organizes the Next Generation Science Standards performance expectations with a focus on helping students deepen their knowledge of the force of gravity between objects with mass and its role in keeping planetary objects in orbit within the solar system, and of Earth’s place in the universe.

Grade 8 Unit 2 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Resources

Unit Map / Instructional Framework (.docx, .pdf)

Curriculum

  • Claim, Measurement Target, and PE Bundle (.docx, .pdf)
  • Storyline Overview (.pptx, .pdf)
  • Student Profile (.docx, .pdf)
  • Policy and Range Performance Level Descriptors (.docx, .pdf)
  • Stage 1 Learning Goals* (See Unit Map / Instructional Framework)

Assessment

  • Stage 2 Instructionally-embedded Assessments* (See Unit Map / Instructional Framework)
  • Designing Equitable Assessments for Diverse Learners (.docx, .pdf)
  • Sample Instructionally-embedded Assessments:
    • Segment 1: “Forces Modeling How Gravitational Forces Affect Motion”
    • Segment 2: “Title”
      • Task Specification Tool (.docx, .pdf)
      • Task (.docx, .pdf)
  • End-of-Unit Assessment (.docx, .pdf)
    • Assessment Scoring Guide (.docx, .pdf)
    • Design Tools:
      • SIPS Complexity Framework (.docx, .pdf)
      • Unpacking Tool (.docx, .pdf)
      • Design Pattern (.docx, .pdf)
      • Task 1 Specification Tool: “Orbiting Around” (.docx, .pdf)
      • Task 2 Specification Tool: “Earth, Moon, and Sun” (.docx, .pdf)
      • Task 3 Specification Tool: “Earth’s Solar System” (.docx, .pdf)

Instruction

  • Stage 3 Learning Plan* (See Unit Map / Instructional Framework)
  • Differentiation Strategies and Resources (.docx, .pdf)
  • Sample Lessons:
    • Segment 1: “Analyze and Interpret Data” (.docx, .pdf)
    • Segment 3: “Gravity Pulls Us All Together” (.docx, .pdf)

*Embedded within Unit Map / Instructional Framework

Grade 8 Unit 3: Understanding Earth History and the Origin of Species

The Grade 8 Unit 3 topic, “Understanding Earth History and the Origin of Species,” organizes the Next Generation Science Standards performance expectations with a focus on helping students deepen their knowledge of evidence of a common ancestor interpreted through fossil records and how differences in their structure help explain present day organisms, and how rock strata help us explain the history of Earth.

Grade 8 Unit 3 Materials Coming Soon . . .

Grade 8 Unit 4: Providing Solutions to Problems Using Simple Wave Properties

The Grade 8 Unit 4 topic, “Providing Solutions to Problems Using Simple Wave Properties,” organizes the Next Generation Science Standards performance expectations with a focus on helping students deepen their knowledge of properties of mechanical light and light waves and how they can be used to define and solve engineering problems. Students learn how to determine success criteria and constraints needed to solve problems related to properties and behaviors of simple waves.

Grade 8 Unit 4 Materials Coming Soon . . .