Science - 2019-20
ENV.II Aa-f - The Physical World
VDOE Course Content and Process Guidelines
A. The student will investigate and understand the fundamentals of matter and its interactions. Key content includes
a. all things are made up of atoms and elements;
b. atoms and elements can interact in different ways and can be expressed as different types of chemical reactions;
c. chemical processes involve energy;
d. the law of conservation of energy and matter;
e. water has unique properties and characteristics which plays a critical role in the environment; and
f. the distribution and movement of water across the Earth affects the biosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and atmosphere.
Reinforces Biology SOL 2.0
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
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.