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Simple Experiments: Standards

Idaho Common Core State Standards

Here are correlations to the National Common Core Language and Math standards and to the Idaho State Science Standards. If you'd like, you may go directly to the Idaho science standards for this topic. For more information about the overall standards, see the complete Idaho Content Standards for Science, the Next Generation Science Standards, the Common Core Language standards, or the Common Core Math standards.


Second Grade

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.2 [CCSS page]

Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.

Suggested Lesson

As a class, create a list of rules that should be followed in science experiments to maintain safety and accurate scientific results.

Fourth Grade

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3 [CCSS page]

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Suggested Lesson

Perform a simple experiment such as letting an air-filled balloon go or mixing vinegar with baking soda. Write the steps in order and come to a conclusion about the result.

Sixth Grade

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.2a [CCSS page]

Introduce a topic; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

Suggested Lesson

Keep a science journal of the science experiments performed. Write them up according to the steps in the scientific method.


Second Grade

CCSS.Math.Content.2.MD.A.1 [CCSS page]

Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.

Suggested Lesson

Measure the circumference of a balloon before air is added. Blow three breaths into the balloon. Measure again. Blow three more breaths into the balloon and measure. Continue to do this until the balloon pops. Keep track of the recorded measures and compare to another student's results using their own balloon. Can you predict, based on its original size, how big a balloon will get before it pops?

Third Grade

CCSS.Math.Content.3.MD.B.4 [CCSS page]

Generate measurement data by measuring lengths using rulers marked with halves and fourths of an inch. Show the data by making a line plot, where the horizontal scale is marked off in appropriate units— whole numbers, halves, or quarters.

Suggested Lesson

Make a paper airplane from a pattern or from your own design and measure the distance it will fly. Compare the distance to other students' flights.

Sixth Grade

CCSS.Math.Content.6.RP.A.3 [CCSS page]

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.

Suggested Lesson

Perform an experiment mixing two food colors together such as blue and red. Measure the amount of each color. Create a ratio table to compare the quantity of red to blue for varying hues.


All Grades - Multiple Science Standards

All standards, across the content domains of Physical Science, Life Science, and Earth and Space Sciences, are written in language that incorporates the Scientific Method and Experimentation.

Ask questions

Define a problem that can be solved by applying scientific ideas

Predict outcomes

Plan and conduct an investigation

Make, use and share observations

Make observations to provide evidence

Make measurements to provide data

Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design

Gather and collect data

Ask questions about data

Represent data in graphical displays

Analyze data obtained from testing

Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence

Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence

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