California


This page provides information on the 4th to 8th grade programs based on the 1998 California science standards. Please go to the NGSS pages (K-5 or 6-8) to view the new California programs.

To use the California 4th to 8th grade California programs (based on the 1998 standards) on an iPad you will need to install the Zingy iPad apps. Click on the links below to install the Zingy apps on your ipad.


California iPad Apps
(1998 standards)

4th-5th Grade
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade


4th-5th Grade Lessons


Lesson 1: Electricity and Magnetism
Topic 1: Simple circuits
Topic 2: Series and parallel circuits
Topic 3: Resistance
Topic 4: Current
Topic 5: Transformation of energy
Topic 6: Magnets
Topic 7: Magnetic field
Topic 8: Electromagnetism
Topic 9: Electromagnetism and transformation of energy
Topic 10: Electrical charges
Topic 11: Static Electricity
Topic 12: Activity

Lesson 2: Ecosystems
Topic 1: Atoms and molecules
Topic 2: Plants/producers
Topic 3: Consumers
Topic 4: Decomposers
Topic 5: Plant and animal relationships
Topic 6: Microorganisms
Topic 7: Ecosystems
Topic 8: Adaptation
Topic 9: Activity

Lesson 3: Rocks
Topic 1: Minerals
Topic 2: Rock cycle
Topic 3: Reshaping Earth’s land surfaces
Topic 4: Activity

Lesson 4: Ecology
Topic 1: Atoms and molecules
Topic 2: Producers
Topic 3: Consumers
Topic 4: Organism categories
Topic 5: Ecological roles
Topic 6: Biodiversity and resources

Lesson 5: Energy and material resources
Topic 1: Hydro and wind energy
Topic 2: Solar energy
Topic 3: Geothermal energy
Topic 4: Nuclear energy
Topic 5: Fossil fuel energy
Topic 6: Biomass energy and biofuels
Topic 7: Battery and hydrogen energy
Topic 8: Renewable vs. non-renewable
Topic 9: Materials

Lesson 7: Evolution
Topic 1: Evolution
Topic 2: Natural selection
Topic 3: Extinction
Topic 4: Evidence for evolution
Topic 5: Classification of living organisms

6th Grade Lessons


Lesson 1: Plate Tectonics
Topic 1: Earth layers
Topic 2: Tectonic plate motion
Topic 3: Volcanoes
Topic 4: Earthquakes

Lesson 2: Shaping Earth’s crust
Topic 1: Weathering
Topic 2: Erosion

Lesson 3: Heat
Topic 1: Radiation
Topic 2: Conduction
Topic 3: Convection
Topic 4: Convection and weather
Topic 5: Combustion

Lesson 4: Chemistry
Topic 1: Atoms
Topic 2: Images of atoms
Topic 3: Elements and compounds
Topic 4: Metals, salts and molecules
Topic 5: States of matter
Topic 6: Chemical reactions and physical changes
Topic 7: Chemical reactions part II
Topic 8: Compounds and mixtures
Topic 9: Properties of metals
Topic 10: Properties of salts
Topic 11: Properties of molecules
Topic 12: Atomic number
Topic 13: Groups and properties
Topic 14:Chemistry of earth
Topic 15: Activity

Lesson 5: Biology
Topic 1: Plants and photosynthesis
Topic 2: Cellular respiration
Topic 3: Circulatory system
Topic 4: Digestive system
Topic 5: Urinary system
Topic 6: Activity

Lesson 6: Water, weather and the solar system
Topic 1: Fresh water and salt water
Topic 2: The water cycle
Topic 3: Water resources
Topic 4: Atmosphere
Topic 5: Wind and weather
Topic 6: Severe weather
Topic 7: The Sun
Topic 8: Gravitational attraction
Topic 9: The solar system
Topic 10: Activity

7th Grade Lessons


Lesson 1: Cell Biology
Topic 1: Atoms and molecules
Topic 2: Introduction to cells
Topic 3: Mitochondria
Topic 4: Proteins and DNA
Topic 5: Mitosis
Topic 6: Animal cell differentiation
Topic 7: Animal and plant cells
Topic 8: Plant cell differentiation
Topic 9: Cell comparisons

Lesson 2: Genetics
Topic 1: Sexual reproduction (human)
Topic 2: Sexual reproduction (plant)
Topic 3: Asexual reproduction
Topic 4: Chromosome pairs
Topic 5: Genes and traits
Topic 6: Dominant/Recessive Part I
Topic 7: Dominant/Recessive Part II
Topic 8: Punnett square model
Topic 9: X/Y chromosomes

Lesson 3: Reproduction
Topic 1: Male reproductive system
Topic 2: Female reproductive system
Topic 3: Umbilicus and placenta
Topic 4: Plant reproduction

Lesson 4: Musculoskeletal, Respiratory circulatory and auditory systems
Topic 1: Levels of organization
Topic 2: Bones and muscles
Topic 3: Levers and joints
Topic 4: Levers (advanced)
Topic 5: Lungs and heart
Topic 6: The ear

Lesson 5: The eye and light properties
Topic 1: The eye
Topic 2: The electromagnetic spectrum
Topic 3: Visible light
Topic 4: Light reflection and mirrors
Topic 5: Light refraction
Topic 6: Lenses and focal length
Topic 7: Lenses and the eye
Topic 8: Lenses and instruments

Lesson 6: Earth and life history
Topic 1: Uniformitarianism
Topic 2: The rock cycle
Topic 3: Relative rock dating
Topic 4: Absolute dating
Topic 5: Fossils
Topic 6: Plate tectonics
Topic 7: Geological timescale

Lesson 7: Evolution
Topic 1: Evolution
Topic 2: Natural selection
Topic 3: Extinction
Topic 4: Evidence for evolution
Topic 5: Classification of living organisms

8th Grade Lessons


Lesson 1: Structure of Matter
Topic 1: Introduction to the periodic table
Topic 2: Elements and atoms
Topic 3: Protons, neutrons and electrons
Topic 4: Electric charges of protons, neutrons and electrons
Topic 5: Atomic number
Topic 6: Isotopes
Topic 7: Metals and non-metals
Topic 8: Periodic table trends
Topic 9: Summary
Topic 10: Activity

Lesson 2: Molecules and Changes of State
Topic 1: Elements, compounds and properties
Topic 2: States of matter
Topic 3: Introduction to chemical bonding
Topic 4: Ionic bonding
Topic 5: Metallic bonding
Topic 6: Covalent bonding
Topic 7: Changing states
Topic 8: Summary
Topic 9: Activity

Lesson 3: Physical and Chemical Changes
Topic 1: Mixing substances
Topic 2: Conservation of atoms
Topic 3: Conservation of mass
Topic 4: Chemical vs. Physical changes
Topic 5: Acidic, basic and neutral solutions
Topic 6: Litmus paper
Topic 7: pH scale and liquid indicators
Topic 8: Summary
Topic 9: Activity

Lesson 4: Density and Buoyancy
Topic 1: Volume
Topic 2: Mass and weight
Topic 3: Density
Topic 4: Density, floating and sinking
Topic 5: Buoyancy, floating and sinking
Topic 6: Summary
Topic 7: Activity

Lesson 5: Molecules of Life
Topic 1: The molecules of life
Topic 2: Summary
Topic 3: Activity

Lesson 6: Motion
Topic 1: Length
Topic 2: Metric Sytem
Topic 3: Time
Topic 4: Speed
Topic 5: Solving for speed
Topic 6: Speed - math concepts
Topic 7: Solving for distance and time
Topic 8: Constant speed versus changing speeds
Topic 9: Average speed
Topic 10: Velocity
Topic 11: Acceleration
Topic 12: Graphing: distance vs. time
Topic 13: Graphing: velocity vs. time
Topic 14: Summary
Topic 15: Activity

Lesson 7: Forces
Topic 1: Force
Topic 2: Force - magnitude and weight
Topic 3: Reaction forces
Topic 4: Staying still
Topic 5: Moving
Topic 6: Gravitational force
Topic 7: Describing forces
Topic 8: Summary
Topic 9: Activity

Lesson 8: Space
Topic 1: Introduction to stars and galaxies
Topic 2: The Birth and death of stars
Topic 3: Earth and moon rotations
Topic 4: Looking up at the sky
Topic 5: Looking into the past
Topic 6: Our solar system
Topic 7: Summary
Topic 8: Activity

Lesson 9: Chemistry review
Topic 1: Periodic table
Topic 2: Elements and atoms
Topic 3: Isotopes
Topic 4: Metals and non-metals
Topic 5: elements and compounds
Topic 6: substances
Topic 7: States of matter
Topic 8: Subscripts and coefficients
Topic 9: Chemical reactions
Topic 10: Acids and bases
Topic 11: Identifying acids and bases
Topic 12: Mass and volume
Topic 13: Density
Topic 14: Sinking and floating
Topic 15: Molecules of life

Lesson 10: Physics review
Topic 1: Length and time
Topic 2: Speed
Topic 3: Graphing
Topic 4: Velocity
Topic 5: Force
Topic 6: Mass and force
Topic 7: Types of forces
Topic 8: Stars and galaxies
Topic 9: The solar system
Topic 10: The sky
Topic 11: Large distances