Carolina Biological K-8 Curriculum – April 2024

Middle School

Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions


Students who demonstrate understanding can:



Ask questions about data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces. MS-PS2-3

Clarification Statement and Assessment Boundary

Clarification Statement: Examples of devices that use electric and magnetic forces could include electromagnets, electric motors, or generators. Examples of data could include the effect of the number of turns of wire on the strength of an electromagnet, or the effect of increasing the number or strength of magnets on the speed of an electric motor.

Assessment Boundary: Assessment about questions that require quantitative answers is limited to proportional reasoning and algebraic thinking.

Common Core State Standards Connections

  • RST.6-8.1 - Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts. (MS-PS2-3)
  • MP.2 - Reason abstractly and quantitatively. (MS-PS2-3)