Science - 2019-20
ENV.IV Aa-d - Nonrenewable Energy
VDOE Course Content and Process Guidelines
A. The student will investigate and understand Earth’s resources. Key content includes
a. certain resources are nonrenewable because they are replenished at timescales of thousands to millions of years;
b. environmental benefits and drawbacks of fossil fuels advantages and disadvantages of renewable resources, including solar, hydrogen fuel cells, biomass, wind, and geothermal energy;
c. the benefits and drawbacks of nuclear power; and
d. the benefits and drawbacks of hydroelectric power.
Reinforces Earth Science SOL 6.0
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.