Science - 2019-20
ENV.II Ca-c - Earth's Surface
VDOE Course Content and Process Guidelines
C. The students will investigate and understand the major processes and systems that form Earth, including how water, living things, and rock act together to shape landforms. Key content includes
a. the formation of distinctive landforms (the physical processes such as erosion, rock cycle);
b. distribution of the continents (plate tectonics); and
c. the comparison of how natural and human causes of changes to Earth’s land surface.
Reinforces Earth Science SOL 7.0
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.
Layers of the Earth