Science - 2019-20

ENV.III Bf-i - Biodiversity & Evolution

VDOE Course Content and Process Guidelines

B.  Student will describe stability and change as it relates to both populations and ecosystems.  Key content includes

f.  the natural processes of change in the environment, including examples of succession, evolution, and extinction;

g.  factors that influence patterns of ecological succession, including invasive species, loss of biodiversity, and catastrophic events;

h.  effects of change in the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, or anthrosphere on the biosphere; and

i.  biodiversity and co-evolution in ecosystems.





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BIG IDEAS

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. 


ESSENTIALS

KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: Jul 03, 2019