Science - 2019-20

ENV.I Aa-i - Scientific Skills

VDOE Course Content and Process Guidelines

A.   Students will identify and investigate problems scientifically and will communicate information clearly in writing, discussions, and debates.  Key skills and processes include

a.  chemicals and equipment are used in a safe manner;

b.  hypotheses are formulated based on direct observations and information from scientific literature and environmental research;

c.  variables are defined to test hypotheses and provide evidence in constructing and critiquing explanations of phenomena;

d.  collection, analysis, and reporting of data in the classroom and the field using appropriate materials and technologies;

e.  data tables, frequency distributions, scatterplots, line plots, and histograms are constructed and interpreted;

f.  information is reviewed for accuracy, separating fact from opinion;

g.  conclusions are formed based on quantitative and qualitative data;

h.  questions are asked to critique the interpretation, relevance, or thoroughness of data or evidence, investigative design, and/or premise(s) of an explanation;

 i.  ethical issues in the environmental field are researched and discussed from multiple viewpoints;

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The Virginia Environmental Science Course Content and Process Guidelines are designed to continue the student investigations that began in grades K-8.  These outcomes integrate the study of many components of our environment, including the human impact on our planet.  These outcomes focus on scientific inquiry, the physical world, the living environment, resource conservation, humans’ impact on the environment, and legal and civic responsibility.  Instruction should focus on student data collection and analysis through laboratory experiences and field work.  These should include descriptive and comparative studies as well as investigation (i.e. meaningful watershed educational experiences). It is expected that teachers will collaborate with museums, aquaria, nature centers, government agencies, associations, foundations, and private industry in efforts to engage the community, provide diverse points of view about the management of natural resources, and offer a variety of learning experiences and career education opportunities. 



Updated: Jul 03, 2019