State Curriculum - Science

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Standard 6.0 Environmental Science: Students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the interactions of environmental factors (living and non-living) and analyze their impact from a local to a global perspective. Standard 6.0 Environmental Science: Students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the interactions of environmental factors (living and non-living) and analyze their impact from a local to a global perspective. Standard 6.0 Environmental Science: Students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the interactions of environmental factors (living and non-living) and analyze their impact from a local to a global perspective.
A. Natural Resources and Human Needs A. Natural Resources and Human Needs A. Natural Resources and Human Needs
1. Recognize and explain how Earth's natural resources from the natural environment are used to meet human needs.
    a. Describe natural resources as something from the natural environment that is used to meet one's needs.
    b. Identify water, air, soil, minerals, animals, and plants as basic natural resources.
    c. Explain that food, fuels, and fibers are produced from basic natural resources.
    d. Identify ways that humans use Earth's natural resources to meet their needs.
    e. Explain that some natural resources are limited and need to be used wisely.
B. Environmental Issues B. Environmental Issues B. Environmental Issues
1. Identify aspects of the environment that are made by humans and those that are not made by humans.
1. Recognize that caring about the environment is an important human activity.
1. Recognize and describe that the activities of individuals or groups of individuals can affect the environment.
a. Identify features of the natural environment, such as parks, zoos, buildings, etc. that are made by humans.
a. Recognize and describe that individual and group actions, such as recycling, help the environment.
a. Identify and describe that individual and group actions, such as turning off lights, conserving water, recycling, picking up litter, or joining an organization can extend the natural resources of the environment.
b. Identify features of the natural environment that are not made by humans.
b. Recognize and describe that individual and group actions, such as littering, harm the environment.
b. Identify and describe that individual and group actions, such as leaving lights on, wasting water, or throwing away recyclables, can limit the natural resources of the environment.
  c. Give reasons why people should take care of their environments.
 
 

Note: Highlighting identifies assessment limits. All highlighted Indicators will be tested on the Grades 5 and 8 MSA. The highlighted Objectives under each highlighted Indicator identify the limit to which MSA items can be written. Although all content standards are tested on MSA, not all Indicators and Objectives are tested. Objectives that are not highlighted will not be tested on MSA, however are an integral part of Instruction.

 

MSDE has developed a toolkit for these standards which can be found online at: http://mdk12.org/instruction/curriculum/science/vsc_toolkit.html.

 

January 2008