Standards Glossary

The purpose of this glossary is to help the user better understand the terminology used in the Colorado Academic Standards. It is intended to assist educational practitioners and pre-service educators in understanding the standards. It is not intended as a study guide for students nor does it represent a comprehensive list of all academic terms.

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The perception that tonal music is based upon a palette of tones that also center around a single tone or tonic. The palette of tones forms a scale.

Content Area: Music


The ability of the body's sensory organs in the muscles, tendons, and joints to respond to either external or internal stimuli.

Content Area: Dance

kinetic molecular theory

Describes an object as a large number of small particles (atoms or molecules), all of which are in constant, random motion.

Content Area: Science

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