Science - 2019-20
ENV.V Aa-d - Human Impact
VDOE Course Content and Process Guidelines
A. The student will investigate and understand the human impact on our environment. Key content includes
a. Population ecology, carrying capacity, human population dynamics, impacts of population growth advantages and disadvantages of balancing short term interests with long term welfare of society;
b. individual activities and decisions can have an impact on the environment;
c. people impact their environment through the use of natural resources to include how agriculture, forestry, ranching, mining, urbanization, transportation, and fishing impact the land, water, air, and organisms; and
d. the allocation of state and federal lands.
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.