Science - 2019-20
ENV.V Ca-c - Climate Change
VDOE Course Content and Process Guidelines
C. The student will investigate and understand global climate change. Key content includes
a. the use of scientific evidence in reporting changes in average global temperature, greenhouse gases, quantities of artic and land ice, ocean temperature, ocean acidification, and sea level rise;
b. the relationship of global climate change on the frequency or magnitude of extreme weather events; and
c. actual and potential effects of habitat destruction, erosion, and depletion of soil fertility associated with human activities.
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.