- Subject: Re: Query
- From: George Sheridan <gsheridan@BOMUSD.EDCOE.K12.CA.US>
- Date: Sat, 27 Nov 1999 23:25:24 -0800
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At 11:38 PM 11/27/1999 -0400, Deborah Meier wrote:
>Please send details re Periodic Table for 5th
>graders.. What's the framework descriptor or the test item? It's so
>preposterous that I need credible details. We've got equally funny ones
>from MCAS on the 4th grade test. The worst are in history however.
California's worst are in history, too, as you can read in Susan Ohanian's
book. I'm not a fifth grade teacher, but it appears to me that the
statement Rick quoted from the CTA website may not accurately represent the
state's science standards (although I can certainly imagine some schools
interpreting the standards to require memorization of the periodic table).
Below is an excerpt from the California science content standards for grade
five (online at http://www.cde.ca.gov/board/science.html
1. Elements and their combinations account for all the varied types of
matter in the world. As a basis for understanding this concept,
a. during chemical reactions, the atoms in the reactants rearrange to form
products with different properties.
b. all matter is made of atoms, which may combine to form molecules.
c. metals have properties in common, such as electrical and thermal
conductivity. Some metals, such as aluminum (Al), iron (Fe), nickel (Ni),
copper (Cu), silver (Ag), gold (Au), are pure elements while others, such
as steel and brass, are composed of a combination of elemental metals.
d. each element is made of one kind of atom. These elements are organized
in the Periodic Table by their chemical properties.
Black Oak Mine Unified School District
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Cool, California 95633
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