• Environmental Science

    General Standards
    ¨     History and Structure of the Earth
    ¨     Ecosystems and Energy Flow
    ¨     Water Ecosystems and Pollution
    ¨     Changes in Human Population
    ¨     Air Pollution
    ¨     Soil Studies
    ¨     Land Use and Waste Management
    ¨     Energy Needs
    Standards Terminology Glossary
    ¨     General - Goals
    ¨     Content - What a student should know
    ¨     Competency - What a student should be able to do
    ¨     Assessment - How well a student should be able to perform
    ¨     Rubric - Scoring tool to evaluate the level of student performance
    1.     History and Structure of the Earth
    Content Standard
    1.1.Features of the Earth
    Competency Standard
    1.1.1.   Describe the composition of the earth
    1.1.2.   Describe the structure of the earth
    1.1.3.   Construct a geologic time line
    1.1.4.   Defend the story of creation in Genesis with the scientific theory for the beginning of the earth
    Content Standard
    1.2.Geology and Earth Dynamics
    Competency Standard
    1.2.1.   Prove that convection currents play a part in plate tectonics
    1.2.2.   Show how various natural phenomena account for changes on the earth's surface
    1.2.3.   Illustrate the rock cycle
    1.2.4.   Identify the various mineral types
    1.2.5.   Explain the changes caused by weathering, erosion and mass wasting
    1.2.6.   Evaluate the impact of geologic hazards
    1.2.7.   Analyze technology's role in natural resource sustainability
    Content Standard
    Competency Standard
    1.3.1.   Collect and interpret meteorological data
    1.3.2.   Show how weather patterns may affect ecosystems
    1.3.3.   Use computer data to analyze and predict weather changes
    1.3.4.   Evaluate specific adaptations of plants and animals to survive climate changes
    1.3.5.   Identify natural occurrences that have international impact (e.g., El Nino, earthquakes, hurricanes)
    Content Standard
    1.4.Maps / Mapping
    Competency Standard
    1.4.1.   Demonstrate how various maps are used
    1.4.2.   Explain the terms used on various maps
    1.4.3.   Apply current technology to mapping skills
    2.     Ecosystems and Energy Flow
    Content Standard
    2.1.Land Biomes
    Competency Standard
    2.1.1.   Identify the major biomes of the world
    2.1.2.   Analyze the abiotic factors that affect the biomes
    2.1.3.   Analyze the biotic factors that affect the biomes
    Content Standard
    2.2.Interrelationships in Ecosystems
    Competency Standard
    2.2.1.   Explain energy flow in an ecosystem
    2.2.2.   Explain carrying capacity
    2.2.3.   Identify the trophic levels of an ecosystem
    2.2.4.   Identify the stages of succession
    2.2.5.   Identify a species and explain how its adaptations are related to its niche
    2.2.6.   Develop food webs from food chains
    Content Standard
    Competency Standard
    2.3.1.   Explain the importance of biodiversity
    2.3.2.   Analyze the importance of biodiversity in an ecosystem
    2.3.3.   Identify and explain why adaptations can lead to specialization
    2.3.4.   Compare adaptations among species
    2.3.5.   Explain the relationship between species loss and biodiversity
    2.3.6.   Predict how human activities can produce changes to which organisms cannot adapt
    2.3.7.   Describe the problem of an introduced species
    Content Standard
    2.4.Extinction and Evolution
    Competency Standard
    2.4.1.   Explain the relationship between evolution and extinction
    2.4.2.   Identify criteria for categorizing organisms as threatened, endangered or extinct
    2.4.3.   Explain the impact of the Endangered Species Act
    2.4.4.   Analyze the role of zoos and wildlife preserves
    2.4.5.   Analyze management strategies regarding threatened or endangered species
    Content Standard
    2.5.Natural Cycles
    Competency Standard
    2.5.1.   Identify / describe natural cycles in the ecosystem
    2.5.2.   Explain how cycles affect the balance in an ecosystem
    2.5.3.   Analyze consequences of interrupting natural cycles
    3.     Water Ecosystems and Pollution
    Content Standard
    3.1.Aquatic Environments / Freshwater
    Competency Standard
    3.1.1.   Describe water organisms and their adaptations
    3.1.2.   Describe groundwater and the recharge process
    3.1.3.   Analyze the need to protect the groundwater
    3.1.4.   Evaluate the running water in your community
    Content Standard
    3.2.Aquatic Environments / Marine
    Competency Standard
    3.2.1.   Explain the ocean wave action
    3.2.2.   Illustrate the ocean floor topography
    3.2.3.   Evaluate the process of desalinization
    3.2.4.   Identify marine life (plant and animal)
    Content Standard
    Competency Standard
    3.3.1.   Identify various wetlands
    3.3.2.   Explain the importance / maintenance of wetlands
    3.3.3.   Discuss ways in which students can actively participate in wetland preservation
    Content Standard
    3.4.Water Pollution
    Competency Standard
    3.4.1.   Analyze water quality (physical and chemical)
    3.4.2.   Identify toxins and their source
    3.4.3.   Evaluate the effects of pollution on aquatic life
    3.4.4.   Explain the changes that have taken place on the Chesapeake
    3.4.5.   Demonstrate the need to prevent further polluting of oceans, lakes, rivers and streams
    3.4.6.   Discuss ways in which students can play an active role in pollution prevention
    4.    Changes in Human Population
    Content Standard
    Competency Standard
    4.1.1.   Describe population characteristics
    4.1.2.   Explain the relationship between sex ratio and age distribution
    4.1.3.   Relate carrying capacity to limiting factors
    4.1.4.   Describe changes in human populations
    4.1.5.   Analyze reasons for changes in human populations
    4.1.6.   Estimate "doubling time" for various populations
    Content Standard
    4.2.Cultural and Economic Influences
    Competency Standard
    4.2.1.   Relate population density to GNP
    4.2.2.   Explain the political factors that affect population growth
    4.2.3.   Explain the cultural / social reasons that affect population growth
    4.2.4.   Discuss ethical considerations of population control
    Content Standard
    4.3.Patterns of Resource Use
    Competency Standard
    4.3.1.   Explain the relationship between population size and energy use
    4.3.2.   Analyze the relationship between population growth, changes in CO2production and global warming
    Content Standard
    Competency Standard
    4.4.1.   Predict human population changes in the future
    4.4.2.   Discuss availability of needed resources for increased populations
    4.4.3.   Examine the need for political changes to support increased population
    5.     Air Pollution
    Content Standard
    5.1.Outdoor Air Pollution
    Competency Standard
    5.1.1.   Describe sources of indoor pollution
    5.1.2.   Compare the results of natural pollution with industrial pollution
    5.1.3.   Identify the effects of air pollution on human health
    5.1.4.   Identify / explain laws that impact the problem of air pollution
    5.1.5.   Identify ways of detecting air pollution by using state of the art technology
    Content Standard
    5.2.Indoor Air Pollution
    Competency Standard
    5.2.1.   Describe sources of indoor pollution
    5.2.2.   Explain how human health is affected by indoor air pollution
    5.2.3.   Identify household cleaners as air pollutants
    5.2.4.   Explain disposal problems of household cleaners as pollutants
    Content Standard
    5.3.Global Warming.
    Competency Standard
    5.3.1.   Explain the problem of global warming
    5.3.2.   Explain the causes of global warming
    5.3.3.   Predict the effects of human activities on global warming
    5.3.4.   Develop ways to decrease global warming
    Content Standard
    5.4.Acid Rainfall
    Competency Standard
    5.4.1.   Explain the term acid rain
    5.4.2.   Explain the occurrence of dry acid deposition
    5.4.3.   Identify causes of acid precipitation
    5.4.4.   Assess the effects of acid precipitation
    Content Standard
    5.5.Ozone Depletion
    Competency Standard
    5.5.1.   Explain ozone depletion
    5.5.2.   Identify causes of ozone depletion
    5.5.3.   Identify possible hazardous effects of ozone depletion
    6.     Soil Studies
    Content Standard
    6.1.Changes Through Science / Technology
    Competency Standard
    6.1.1.   Describe how early man obtained food and shelter
    6.1.2.   Explain the role of archeology / radiocarbon dating
    6.1.3.   Construct a technology time line from early man to current developments in agriculture
    6.1.4.   Describe soil texture
    6.1.5.   Describe the formation of soil
    6.1.6.   Identify the physical / chemical types of weathering
    6.1.7.   Identify the types of soil erosion
    6.1.8.   Predict how human activities can slow the rate of erosion
    Content Standard
    Competency Standard
    6.2.1.   Distinguish between organic and inorganic fertilizers
    6.2.2.   Describe the essential soil nutrients
    6.2.3.   Analyze the quality of the soil
    6.2.4.   Explain the advantages / disadvantages of the different types of fertilizers
    Content Standard
    6.3.Pests / Pesticides
    Competency Standard
    6.3.1.   Identify the common pest types of American farmers
    6.3.2.   Trace the history of pesticide use
    6.3.3.   Describe the problem of persistent pests
    6.3.4.   Explain bioaccumulation
    6.3.5.   Discuss the importance of Rachel Carson and "Silent Spring"
    6.3.6.   Describe the problem of fertilizers and pesticides in regard to air and water pollution
    Content Standard
    6.4.World Hunger
    Competency Standard
    6.4.1.   Identify the world's tillable lands
    6.4.2.   Assess the ability of technology to solve the problem of food production
    7.     Land Use and Waste Management
    Content Standard
    7.1.Conservation / Reclamation
    Competency Standard
    7.1.1.   Identify the need for land conservation
    7.1.2.   Describe various reclamation areas
    Content Standard
    7.2.Waste and Disposal
    Competency Standard
    7.2.1.   Identify types of waste material
    7.2.2.   Discuss landfill use
    7.2.3.   Describe landfill construction
    Content Standard
    7.3.Toxins in the Water
    Competency Standard
    7.3.1.   Analyze toxins found in the water
    7.3.2.   Explain the impact of Love Canal
    7.3.3.   Examine the responsibilities of chemical companies
    7.3.4.   Analyze how people can actively participate in waste reduction
    Content Standard
    Competency Standard
    7.4.1.   Describe the methods of recycling
    7.4.2.   Identify common recycling products
    7.4.3.   Demonstrate how people can actively participate in waste reduction
    8.     Energy Needs
    Content Standard
    8.1.Fossil Fuels
    Competency Standard
    8.1.1.   Construct a time line of energy sources from 1800 to the present.
    8.1.2.   Describe the importance of fossil fuels
    8.1.3.   Demonstrate the need for crude oil
    8.1.4.   Discuss the process of making fuels
    8.1.5.   Describe the process of making synthetic fuels
    Content Standard
    8.2.Nuclear energy
    Competency Standard
    8.2.1.   Explain the role and function of nuclear power plants
    8.2.2.   Describe a nuclear power plant
    8.2.3.   Identify the global impact of nuclear power energy
    8.2.4.   Describe the problems and concerns of nuclear power
    8.2.5.   Examine the global problems and concerns of nuclear power
             8.2.6 Explain the problem and effects of TMI and Chernobyl