Idaho Science Standards

The STANDARDS CORRELATION chart suggests which Idaho Science Standards you can cover using PASSPORT TO WEATHER AND CLIMATE in your classroom. We hope you will discover additional standards you can use. These are the ones our Instructional Materials Development team felt most directly related to the activities contained in PASSPORT TO WEATHER AND CLIMATE.

For additional Idaho Science Standards you can cover see the STANDARDS CORRELATION chart for the following PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE projects:

PASSPORT TO ANTARCTICA

PASSPORT TO THE RAINFOREST

PASSPORT TO THE SOLAR SYSTEM

PASSPORT TO WEATHER AND CLIMATE

LIVE FROM MARS 2001/2002

PASSPORT TO THE UNIVERSE

Elementary Standards: Kindergarten,   Grade One,   Grade Two,   Grade Three,   Grade Four,   Grade Five,   Grade Six
Middle School Standards

Kindergarten

UNIFYING CONCEPTS OF SCIENCE

 

Students will:

 

Understand concepts and processes of evidence models, and explanation.

 

a. Explore the concepts of observation and data collection.

video
hands-on
online

b. Explore and use various models.

video
hands-on
online

Understand constancy, change, and measurement.

 

a. Explore changes.

video
hands-on
online

b. Measure in non-standard units.

video
hands-on
online

Understand the theory that evolution is a process that relates to the gradual changes in the universe and of equilibrium as a physical state.

 

a. Understand the concepts of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

video
hands-on
online

CONCEPTS OF SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY

 

Students will:

 

Understand scientific inquiry and develop critical thinking skills.

 

a. Make observations.

video
hands-on
online

b. Use various tools to gather information.

video
hands-on
online

c. Communicate observations.

video
hands-on
online

CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR CONCEPTS

 

No standards of Cellular and Molecular Concepts apply at this grade level.

 

INTERDEPENDENCE OF ORGANISMS AND BIOLOGICAL CHANGE.

 

No standards of Interdependence of Organisms and Biological Change apply at this grade level.

 

TECHNOLOGY

 

Students will:

 

Understand the relationship between science and technology and develop the abilities of technological design and application.

 

a. Distinguish between natural objects and objects made by humans.

video
hands-on
online

b. Recognize that people have invented tools for everyday life and for scientific investigations.

video
hands-on
online

c. Use available technology.

video
hands-on
online

HISTORY OF SCIENCE.

 

No standards of History of Science apply at this grade level.

 

PERSONAL AND SOCIAL PERSPECTIVES.

 

Students will:

 

Understand common environmental quality issues, both natural and human induced.

 

a. Observe and discuss characteristics of the local environment.

video
hands-on
online

Understand the importance of natural resources and the need to manage and conserve them.

 

b. Discuss the conservation of natural resources.

video
hands-on
online

INTERDISCIPLINARY CONCEPTS.

 

Students will:

 

Understand that interpersonal relationships are important in scientific endeavors.

 

a. Learn appropriate cooperation and interaction skills.

video
hands-on
online

Understand technical communication.

 

a. Understand and follow instructions.

video
hands-on
online


Grade One

UNIFYING CONCEPTS OF SCIENCE.

 

Students will:

 

Understand concepts and processes of evidence, models, and explanation.

 

a. Explore the concepts of observation and data collection.

video
hands-on
online

b. Explore and use various models.

video
hands-on
online

Understand constancy, change, and measurement.

 

a. Understand that changes occur and can be measured.

video
hands-on
online

b. Measure in both the standard and non-standard units.

video
hands-on
online

Understand the theory that evolution is a process that relates to the gradual changes in the universe and of equilibrium as a physical state.

 

a. Understand the concepts of past, present, and future.

video
hands-on
online

Understand concepts of form and function.

 

a. Identify shape and use of objects.

video
hands-on
online

CONCEPTS OF SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY.

 

Students will:

 

Understand scientific inquiry and develop critical thinking skills.

 

a. Brainstorm questions that can be investigated.

video
hands-on
online

b. Make observations. i.e. Discover what would happen to a seed that is planted under different conditions (without water, without light).

video
hands-on
online

c. Use various tools to gather data.

video
hands-on
online

d. Explore information and evidence.

video
hands-on
online

e. Use observations to make guesses.

video
hands-on
online

f. Explore alternative solutions.

video
hands-on
online

g. Communicate observations.

video
hands-on
online

CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR CONCEPTS.

 

No standards of Cellular and Molecular Concepts apply at this grade level.

 

INTERDEPENDENCE OF ORGANISMS AND BIOLOGICAL CHANGE.

 

Students will:

 

Understand the theory of biological evolution.

 

a. Observe and explore the characteristics of plants and animals and their basic needs.

video
hands-on
online

MATTER, ENERGY, AND ORGANIZATION IN LIVING SYSTEMS.

 

Students will:

 

Understand the relationship between matter, energy, and organization to trace matter as it cycles and energy as it flows through living systems and between living systems and the environment.

 

a. Recognize that plants need sun, air, water, soil, and space and that all animals require food, water, air, shelter, and room to survive.

video
hands-on
online

TECHNOLOGY.

 

Students will:

 

Understand the relationship between science and technology and develop the abilities of technological design and application.

 

a. Distinguish between natural objects and objects made by humans.

video
hands-on
online

b. Recognize that people have invented tools for everyday life and for scientific investigations.

video
hands-on
online

c. Use available technology.

video
hands-on
online

PERSONAL AND SOCIAL PERSPECTIVES.

 

Students will:

 

Understand common environmental quality issues, both natural and human induced.

 

a. Identify the characteristics of the local environment.

video
hands-on
online

Understand the importance of natural resources and the need to manage and conserve them.

 

b. Understand the conservation of natural resources.

video
hands-on
online

HISTORY OF SCIENCE.

 

No standards History of Science apply at this grade level.

 

INTERDISCIPLINARY CONCEPTS.

 

Students will:

 

Understand that interpersonal relationships are important in scientific endeavors.

 

a. Learn appropriate cooperation and interaction skills.

video
hands-on
online

Understand technical communication.

 

a. Understand and follow instructions.

video
hands-on
online


Grade Two

UNIFYING CONCEPTS OF SCIENCE.

 

Students will:

 

Understand concepts and processes of evidence, models, and explanation.

 

a. Explore the concepts of observation and data collection.

video
hands-on
online

b. Explore and use various models.

video
hands-on
online

Understand constancy, change, and measurement.

 

a. Understand that changes occur and can be measured.

video
hands-on
online

b. Measure in both the standard and non-standard systems.

video
hands-on
online

Understand the theory that evolution is a process that relates to the gradual changes in the universe and of equilibrium as a physical state.

 

a. Understand the concepts of past, present, and future.

video
hands-on
online

Understand concepts of form and function.

 

a. Identify, share, and use objects.

video
hands-on
online

CONCEPTS OF SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY.

 

Students will:

 

Understand scientific inquiry and develop critical thinking skills.

 

a. Brainstorm questions that can be investigated.

video
hands-on
online

b. Make observations.

video
hands-on
online

c. Use various tools to gather information.

video
hands-on
online

d. Explore information and evidence.

video
hands-on
online

e. Use observations to make guesses.

video
hands-on
online

f. Explore alternative solutions.

video
hands-on
online

g. Communicate observations.

video
hands-on
online

CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR CONCEPTS.

 

No standards Cellular and Molecular Concepts apply at this grade level.

 

INTERDEPENDENCE OF ORGANISMS AND BIOLOGICAL CHANGE.

 

Students will:

 

Understand the theory of biological evolution.

 

a. Observe and explore the life cycles of plants and animals and their basic needs.

video
hands-on
online

b. Recognize that animals live in different habitats for which they are suited.

video
hands-on
online

MATTER, ENERGY, AND ORGANIZATION IN LIVING SYSTEMS.

 

Students will:

 

Understand the relationship between matter, energy, and organization to trace matter as it cycles and energy as it flows through living systems and between living systems and the environment.

 

a. Recognize that plants need sun, air, water, soil, and space and that all animals require food, water, air, shelter, and room to survive.

video
hands-on
online

TECHNOLOGY.

 

Students will:

 

Understand the relationship between science and technology and develop the abilities of technological design and application.

 

a. Distinguish between natural objects and objects made by humans.

video
hands-on
online

b. Recognize that people have invented tools for everyday life and for scientific investigations.

video
hands-on
online

c. Use available technology.

video
hands-on
online

PERSONAL AND SOCIAL PERSPECTIVIES.

 

Students will:

 

Understand common environmental quality issues, both natural and human induced.

 

a. Identify the characteristics of the local environment.

video
hands-on
online

Understand the importance of natural resources and the need to manage and conserve them.

 

b. Understand the conservation of natural resources.

video
hands-on
online

Understand different uses of technology in science and how they affect our standard of living.

 

a. Identify examples of technologies used in scientific fields.

video
hands-on
online

HISTORY OF SCIENCE.

 

No standards of History of Science apply at this grade level.

 

INTERDISCIPLINARY CONCEPTS.

 

Students will:

 

Understand that interpersonal relationships are important in scientific endeavors.

 

a. Learn appropriate cooperation and interaction skills.

video
hands-on
online

Understand technical communication.

 

a. Understand and follow instructions.

video
hands-on
online


Grade Three

UNIFYING CONCEPTS OF SCIENCE.

 

Students will:

 

Understand systems, order, and organization.

 

a. Understand that a system is an organized group of related objects that form a whole.

video
hands-on
online

Understand concepts and processes of evidence, models, and explanation.

 

a. Develop skills in observation and data collection.

video
hands-on
online

b. Develops and/or use models to explain how things work.

video
hands-on
online

Understand constancy, change, and measurement.

 

a. Understand that changes occur and can be measured.

video
hands-on
online

b. Measure in both the standard and metric systems.

video
hands-on
online

Understand the theory that evolution is a process that relates to the gradual changes in the universe and of equilibrium as a physical state.

 

a. Understand the relationships among the past, present, and future.

video
hands-on
online

Understand concepts of form and function.

 

a. Discover the relationship of shape and use.

video
hands-on
online

CONCEPTS OF SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY.

 

Students will:

 

Understand scientific inquiry and develop critical thinking skills.

 

a. Identify questions that can be answered by conducting scientific tests.

video
hands-on
online

b. Conduct scientific tests.

video
hands-on
online

c. Use appropriate tools and techniques to gather and display data.

video
hands-on
online

d. Use data to construct a reasonable explanation.

video
hands-on
online

e. Make simple predictions based on data.

video
hands-on
online

f. Recognize alternative explanations.

video
hands-on
online

g. Communicate the results of tests to others.

video
hands-on
online

CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR CONCEPTS.

 

No standards of Cellular and Molecular Concepts apply at this grade level.

 

INTERDEPENDENCE OF ORGANISMS AND BIOLOGICAL CHANGE.

 

Students will:

 

Understand the theory of biological evolution.

 

a. Observe and explore the life cycles of plants and animals and their basic needs.

video
hands-on
online

b. Identify the classes of animals: mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, and amphibians.

video
hands-on
online

MATTER, ENERGY, AND ORGANIZATION IN LIVING SYSTEMS.

 

Students will:

 

Understand the relationship between matter, energy, and organization to trace matter as it cycles and energy as it flows through living systems and between living systems and the environment.

 

a. Understand that living systems require energy from food to survive.

video
hands-on
online

TECHNOLOGY.

 

Students will:

 

Understand the relationship between science and technology and develop the abilities of technological design and application.

 

a. Distinguish between natural objects and objects made by humans.

video
hands-on
online

b. Recognize that people have invented tools for everyday life and for scientific investigations.

video
hands-on
online

c. Use available technology.

video
hands-on
online

PERSONAL AND SOCIAL PERSEPECTIVES.

 

Students will:

 

Understand common environmental quality issues, both natural and human induced.

 

a. Identify issues in the local environment.

video
hands-on
online

Understand the importance of natural resources and the need to manage and conserve them.

 

b. Understand the conservation of natural resources.

video
hands-on
online

Understand different uses of technology in science and how they affect our standard of living.

 

a. Identify examples of technologies used in scientific fields.

video
hands-on
online

HISTORY OF SCIENCE.

 

No standards of History of Science apply at this grade level.

 

INTERDISCIPLINARY CONCEPTS.

 

Students will:

 

Understand that interpersonal relationships are important in scientific endeavors.

 

a. Know the importance of working in teams to solve problems.

video
hands-on
online

Understand technical communication

 

a. Read and understand instructions.

video
hands-on
online


Grade Four

UNIFYING CONCEPTS OF SCIENCE.

 

Students will:

 

Understand systems, order, and organization.

 

a. Know that a system is an organized group of related objects that form a whole.

video
hands-on
online

Understand concepts and processes of evidence, models, and explanation.

 

a. Develop skills in observation and data collection.

video
hands-on
online

b. Develop and/or use models to explain how things work.

video
hands-on
online

c. Develop skills to create scientific explanations based on scientific knowledge, logic, and analysis.

video
hands-on
online

Understand constancy, change, and measurement.

 

a. Explore that there is constancy in some concepts in science that do not change with time.

video
hands-on
online

b. Recognize that changes occur in and among systems and change can be measured.

video
hands-on
online

c. Measure in both the metric and customary systems with an emphasis on metric.

video
hands-on
online

Understand the theory that evolution is a process that relates to the gradual changes in the universe and of equilibrium as a physical state.

 

a. Understand the relationships among the past, present, and future.

video
hands-on
online

b. Understand that biological, geological, or astronomical processes change over time.

video
hands-on
online

Understand concepts of form and function.

 

a. Discover the relationship of shape and use.

video
hands-on
online

CONCEPTS OF SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY.

 

Students will:

 

Understand scientific inquiry and develop critical thinking skills.

 

a. Identify questions that can be answered by conducting scientific tests.

video
hands-on
online

b. Conduct scientific tests.

video
hands-on
online

c. Use appropriate tools and techniques to gather and display data.

video
hands-on
online

d. Use data to construct a reasonable explanation.

video
hands-on
online

e. Make simple predictions based on data.

video
hands-on
online

f. Exp lore alternative explanations.

video
hands-on
online

g. Communicate the results of tests to others.

video
hands-on
online

CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR CONCEPTS.

 

No standards of Cellular and Molecular Concepts apply at this grade level.

 

INTERDEPENDENCE OF ORGANISMS AND BIOLOGICAL CHANGE.

 

Students will:

 

Understand the theory of biological evolution.

 

a. Investigate diversity of plants and animals.

video
hands-on
online

MATTER, ENERGY, AND ORGANIZATION IN LIVING SYSTEMS.

 

Students will:

 

Understand the relationship between matter, energy, and organization to trace matter as it cycles and energy as it systems and between living systems and the environment.

 

a. Know that the energy for life is primarily derived from the sun.

video
hands-on
online

b. Know that organism both cooperate and compete in a food chain.

video
hands-on
online

TECHNOLOGY.

 

Students will:

 

Understand the relationship between science and technology and develop the abilities of technological design and application.

 

a. Define technology as the means by which people use knowledge, tools, and systems to make their lives easier and better.

video
hands-on
online

b. Recognize that people have invented tools for everyday life and for scientific investigations.

video
hands-on
online

c. Know that critical thinking, creativity, and a good knowledge base, and use of available technology are all required in the work of science.

video
hands-on
online

PERSONAL AND SOCIAL PERSPECTIVES.

 

Students will:

 

Understand common environmental quality issues, both natural and human induced.

 

a. Identify issues for environmental studies.

video
hands-on
online

Understand the causes and effects of population change.

 

a. Understand the effect of technological development and human population growth on Idaho.

video
hands-on
online

Understand the importance of natural resources and the need to manage and conserve them.

 

b. Understand the conservation of natural resources.

video
hands-on
online

Understand different uses of technology in science and how they affect our standard of living.

 

a. Identify examples of technologies used in scientific fields.

video
hands-on
online

HISTORY OF SCIENCE.

 

Students will:

 

Understand the significance of major scientific milestones.

 

a. Understand major contributions of various scientists and researchers.

video
hands-on
online

INTERDISCIPLINARY CONCEPTS.

 

Students will:

 

Understand that interpersonal relationships are important in scientific endeavors.

 

a. Know the importance of working in teams to solve problems.

video
hands-on
online

Understand technical communication.

 

a. Read and understand instructions.

video
hands-on
online


Grade Five

UNIFYING CONCEPTS OF SCIENCE.

 

Students will:

 

Understand systems, order, and organization.

 

a. Know that a system is an organized group of related objects that form a whole.

video
hands-on
online

Understand concepts and processes of evidence, models, and explanation.

 

a. Know that observations and data are evidence on which to base scientific explanations and predictions.

video
hands-on
online

b. Know the difference between observations and inferences.

video
hands-on
online

c. Develop and use models to explain of demonstrate a concept.

video
hands-on
online

d. Develop skills to create scientific explanations based on scientific knowledge, logic, and analysis.

video
hands-on
online

Understand constancy, change, and measurement.

 

a. Recognize that there is constancy in some concepts in science that do not change with time.

video
hands-on
online

b. Recognize that changes occur in and among systems and change can be measured.

video
hands-on
online

c. Measure in both the metric and customary systems with an emphasis on metric.

video
hands-on
online

Understand the theory that evolution is a process that relates to the gradual changes in the universe and of equilibrium as a physical state.

 

a. Understand the relationships among the past, present, and future.

video
hands-on
online

b. Understand that biological, geological, or astronomical processes change over time.

video
hands-on
online

Understand concepts of form and function.

 

a. Discover the relationship of shape and use.

video
hands-on
online

CONCEPTS OF SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY.

 

Students will:

 

Understand scientific inquiry and develop critical thinking skills.

 

a. Develop questions that can be answered by conducting scientific experiments.

video
hands-on
online

b. Design and conduct scientific investigations using controls and variables when appropriate.

video
hands-on
online

c. Select and use appropriate tools and techniques to gather and display data.

video
hands-on
online

d. Analyze data in order to develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, and models using evidence.

video
hands-on
online

e. Develop a hypothesis based on observations.

video
hands-on
online

f. Compare alternative explanations and predictions.

video
hands-on
online

g. Communicate scientific procedures and explanations.

video
hands-on
online

INTERDEPENDENCE OF ORGANISMS AND BIOLOGICAL CHANGE.

 

Students will:

 

Understand the theory of biological evolution.

 

a. Investigate diversity of plants and animals and how they adapt in order to survive in their environment.

video
hands-on
online

b. Investigate how plants and animals become extinct if their adaptations do not fit their environment.

video
hands-on
online

MATTER, ENERGY, AND ORGANIZATION IN LIVING SYSTEMS.

 

Students will:

 

Understand the relationship between matter, energy, and organization to trace matter as it cycles and energy as it flows through living systems and between living systems and the environment.

 

a. Know that the energy for life is primarily derived from the sun through photosynthesis.

video
hands-on
online

b. Understand the food chain and know that organisms both cooperate and compete in ecosystems.

video
hands-on
online

TECHNOLOGY.

 

Students will:

 

Understand the relationship between science and technology and develop the abilities of technological design and application.

 

a. Know that science and technology are human endeavors interrelated to each other, to society, and to the work place.

video
hands-on
online

b. Compare scientific inquiry and technological design in terms of activities, results and influence on individual's and society. Know that science enables technology and vice versa.

video
hands-on
online

c. Know that critical thinking, creativity, a good knowledge base, and use of technology are all required in the work of science.

video
hands-on
online

d. Explore the elements of technological design, which include the following: identify a problem, propose a solution. Evaluate the solution and its consequences. Communicate the problem, process, and solution.

video
hands-on
online

PERSONAL AND SOCIAL PERSPECTIVES.

 

Students will:

 

Understand common environmental quality issues, both natural and human induced.

 

a. Identify issues including but not limited to:
water quality
air quality
hazardous waste
forest health

video
hands-on
online

Understand the importance of natural resources and the need to manage and conserve them.

 

a. Understand the differences between renewable and nonrenewable resources.

video
hands-on
online

b. Understand the conservation of natural resources.

video
hands-on
online

Understand different uses of technology in science and how they affect our standard of living.

 

a. Identify examples of technologies used in scientific fields.

video
hands-on
online

HISTORY OF SCIENCE.

 

Students will:

 

Understand the significance of major scientific milestones.

 

a. Understand major contributions of various scientists and researchers.

video
hands-on
online

INTERDISCIPLINARY CONCEPTS.

 

Students will:

 

Understand that interpersonal relationships are important in scientific endeavors.

 

a. Know the importance of working on teams to solve problems.

video
hands-on
online

Understand technical communication.

 

a. Read, understand, and follow technical instructions.

video
hands-on
online


Grade Six

UNIFYING CONCEPTS OF SCIENCE.

 

Students will:

 

Understand systems, order, and organization.

 

a. Know that a system is an organized group of related objects that form a whole. Define and order small portions of this whole for the purpose of investigation.

video
hands-on
online

Understand concepts and processes of evidence, models, and explanation.

 

a. Know that observations and data are evidence on which to base scientific explanations and predictions.

video
hands-on
online

b. Know the difference between observations and inferences.

video
hands-on
online

c. Develop and use models to explain how things work.

video
hands-on
online

d. Develop scientific explanations based on scientific knowledge, logic, and analysis.

video
hands-on
online

Understand constancy, change, and measurement.

 

a. Identify constancy in some concepts in science that do not change with time.

video
hands-on
online

b. Recognize that changes occur in and among systems and change can be measured.

video
hands-on
online

c. Measure in metric units using appropriate tools.

video
hands-on
online

Understand the theory that evolution is a process that relates to the gradual changes in the universe and of equilibrium as a physical state.

 

a. Understand the relationships among past, present, and future.

video
hands-on
online

b. Understand evolution refers to the biological, geological, or astronomical change over time.

video
hands-on
online

c. Know that equilibrium is a physical state of balance in which changes and forces occur in opposite and offsetting directions.

video
hands-on
online

Understand concepts of form and function.

 

a. Understand that the shape or form of an object or system is frequently related to its use or function.

video
hands-on
online

CONCEPTS OF SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY.

 

Students will:

 

Understand scientific inquiry and develop critical thinking skills.

 

a. Develop questions that can be answered by conducting scientific experiments.

video
hands-on
online

b. Design and conduct scientific investigations using controls and variables when appropriate.

video
hands-on
online

c. Select and use appropriate tools and techniques to gather and display data.

video
hands-on
online

d. Analyze data in order to develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, and models using evidence.

video
hands-on
online

e. Develop a hypothesis based on observations.

video
hands-on
online

f. Compare alternative explanations and predictions.

video
hands-on
online

g. Communicate scientific procedures and explanations.

video
hands-on
online

INTERDEPENDENCE OR ORGANIS MS AND BIOLOGICAL CHANGE.

 

Students will:

 

Understand the theory of biological evolution.

 

a. Know that animals and plants adapt over time to survive in their environment.

video
hands-on
online

b. Know how plants and animals become extinct if their adaptations do not fit their environment.

video
hands-on
online

c. Know the classes of animals: mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, and amphibians.

video
hands-on
online

MATTER, ENERGY, AND ORGANIZATION IN LIVING SYSTEMS.

 

Students will:

 

Understand the relationship between matter, energy, and organization to trace matter as it cycles and energy as it flows through living systems and between living systems and the environment.

 

a. Know that living systems require energy from food to survive.

video
hands-on
online

b. Know that the energy for life is primarily derived from the sun through photosynthesis.

video
hands-on
online

c. Trace energy flows through an ecosystem.

video
hands-on
online

TECHNOLOGY.

 

Students will:

 

Understand the relationship between science and technology and develop the abilities of technological design and application.

 

a. Know that science and technology are human endeavors interrelated to each other, to society, and to the work place.

video
hands-on
online

b. Compare scientific inquiry and technological design in terms of activities, results, and influence on individuals and society. Know that science enables technology and vice versa.

video
hands-on
online

c. Know that critical thinking, creativity, imagination, and a good knowledge base are all required in the work of science.

video
hands-on
online

d. Know the elements of technological design, which include the following: identify a problem, propose a solution, implement a proposed solution. Evaluate the solution and its consequences. Communicate the problem, process, and solution.

video
hands-on
online

PERSONAL AND SOCIAL PERSPECTIVES.

 

Students will:

 

Understand common environmental quality issues, both natural and human induced.

 

a. Identify issues including but not limited to:
water quality
air quality
hazardous waste
forest health

video
hands-on
online

Understand the cause and effects of population change.

 

a. Understand the effect of technological development and human population growth on the global environment.

video
hands-on
online

Understand the importance of natural resources and the need to manage and conserve them.

 

a. Understand the differences between renewable and nonrenewable resources.

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b. Understand the conservation of natural resources.

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Understand different uses of technology in science and how they affect our standard of living.

 

a. Identify examples of technologies used in these scientific fields:
food production
environmental cleanup
advances in medicine
communications
the space program
weather forecasting

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HISTORY OF SCIENCE.

 

Students will:

 

Understand the significance of major scientific milestones.

 

a. Understand major contributions of various scientists and researchers.

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INTERDISCIPLINARY CONCEPTS.

 

Students will:

 

Understand that interpersonal relationships are important in scientific endeavors.

 

a. Know the importance of working on teams to solve problems.

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Understand technical communication.

 

a. Read, understand, and follow technical instructions.

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b. Write a lab report.

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Middle Grades

UNIFYING CONCEPTS OF SCIENCE.

 

Students will:

 

Understand systems, order, and organization.

 

a. Know that a system is an organized group of related objects that form a whole. Define and order small portions of this whole for the purpose of investigation.

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c. Know that there is order and predictability in the universe.

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d. Know that patterns and similarities allow us to organize information about our universe.

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Understand concepts and processes of evidence, models, and explanation.

 

a. Know that observations and data are evidence on which to base scientific explanations and predictions.

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b. Think critically to discern differences between observations and inferences.

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c. Develop and use models to explain or demonstrate a concept.

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d. Develop scientific explanations based on scientific knowledge, logic, and analysis.

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Understand constancy, change, and measurement.

 

a. Identify constancy in some concepts in science that do not change with time.

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b. Recognize that changes occur in and among systems and change can be measured.

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c. Measure in metric units using appropriate tools.

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Understand the theory that evolution is a process that relates to the gradual changes in the universe and of equilibrium as a physical state.

 

a. Understand the relationships among the past, present, and future.

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b. Understand evolution refers to the biological, geological, or astronomical change over time.

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c. Know that equilibrium is a physical state of balance in which changes and forces occur in opposite and offsetting directions.

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Understand concepts of form and function.

 

a. Understand that the shape or form of an object or system is frequently related to its use or function.

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CONCEPTS OF SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY.

 

Students will:

 

Understand scientific inquiry and develop critical thinking skills.

 

a. Develop questions that can be answered by conducting scientific experiments.

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b. Design and conduct scientific investigations using controls and variables when appropriate.

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c. Select and use appropriate tools and techniques to gather and display data.

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d. Analyze data in order to form conclusions.

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e. Think critically and logically to accept or reject the hypothesis.

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f. Analyze alternative explanations and predictions.

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g. Communicate and defend scientific procedures and explanations.

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h. Recognize the differences among observations, hypotheses, mathematical laws, and theories.

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INTERDEPENDENCE OF ORGANISMS AND BIOLOGICAL CHANGE.

 

Students will:

 

Understand the theory of biological evolution.

 

a. Know that species change over time when random variations in individuals enhance their survival and reproductive success in a particular environment.

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b. Know that species may become extinct when the environment changes and their adaptive characteristics are insufficient to allow their survival.

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c. Know that biological classifications are based on similarities, which reflect their evolutionary relationships.

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MATTER, ENERGY, AND ORGANIZATION IN LIVING SYSTEMS.

 

Students will:

 

Understand the relationship between matter, energy, and organization to trace matter as it cycles and energy as it flows through living systems and between living systems and the environment.

 

a.
Know that living systems require energy from food to survive.
Energy stored in food is primarily derived from the sun through photosynthesis.
Respiration takes place in all cells releasing energy stored in food.

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b. Know that the distribution and abundance of organisms and populations in ecosystems are limited by the availability of matter and energy.

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c. Know that atoms and molecules cycle among the living and nonliving components of the biosphere.

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d. Be able to trace energy flows through ecosystems in one direction, from photosynthetic organisms to herbivores to carnivores and decomposers.

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e. Know that living organisms have the capacity to produce populations of infinite size, but environments and resources are finite.

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Understand the individual behavior of organisms and their interactions in populations and communities as influenced by physiological and environmental factors.

 

a. Know that organisms have behavioral responses to internal and external stimuli.

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TECHNOLOGY.

 

Students will:

 

Understand the relationship between science and technology and develop the abilities of technological design and application.

 

a. Know that science and technology are human endeavors interrelated to each other, to society, and to the work place.

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b. Compare and contrast scientific inquiry and technological design in terms of activities, results, and influence on individuals and society. Know that science enables technology and vice versa.

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c. Know that critical thinking, creativity, a good knowledge base, and available technology are all required in the work of science.

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d. Know the elements of technological design, which include the following:
identify a problem
propose a solution
implement a proposed solution
evaluate the solution and its consequences
communicate the problem process and solution

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PERSONAL AND SOCIAL PERSPECTIVES.

 

Students will:

 

Understand common environmental quality issues, both natural and human induced.

 

a. Identify issues including but not limited to:
water quality
air quality
hazardous waste
forest health

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Understand the cause and effects of population change.

 

a. Understand the effect of technological development and the growth of human population on the living and nonliving environment.

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Understand the importance of natural resources and the need to manage and conserve them.

 

a. Understand the differences between renewable and nonrenewable resources.

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b. Understand the role and effect of management of natural resources.

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Understand different uses of technology in science and how they affect our standard of living.

 

a. Know that there are predictable and unpredictable consequences of technology.

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HISTORY OF SCIENCE.

 

Students will:

 

Understand the significance of major scientific milestones.

 

a. Understand major contributions of various scientists and researchers.

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b. Understand the impact of historical scientific events.

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INTERDISCIPLINARY CONCEPTS.

 

Students will:

 

Understand that interpersonal relationships are important in scientific endeavors.

 

a. Know the importance of working in teams to solve problems.

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Understand technical communication.

 

a. Read, understand, and follow technical instructions.

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b. Write and articulate technical information.

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Updated September 2001