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Standards for the lesson plan
Life Science: Heavy Weight

Grade Level: 9-12

Unifying Concepts and Processes:
  • Evidence, models, and explanation
    • Evidence consists of observations and data on which to base scientific explanations.
    • Models are tentative schemes or structures that correspond to real objects, events, or classes of events, and that have explanatory power.
    • Scientific explanations incorporate existing scientific knowledge and new evidence from observations, experiments, or models into internally consistent, logical statements.
  • Change, constancy, and measurement
    • Interaction within and among systems result in change.
    • Changes vary in rate, scale, and pattern, including trends and cycles.
    • Different systems of measurement are used for different purposes.
Science Inquiry:
  • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
    • Ask a question about objects, organisms, and events in the environment.
    • Use data to construct a reasonable explanation.
    • Develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, and models using evidence.
    • Communicate investigations and explanations.
    • Use mathematics in all aspects of scientific inquiry.
  • Understandings about scientific inquiry
    • Asking and answering a question and comparing the answer to what scientists already know about the world.
    • Developing explanations using observations.
History and Nature of Science: Considering historical perspectives.

Science in Personal and Social Perspectives:
  • Understanding of personal and community health.
    • Internal and external processes of the earth system cause natural hazards, events that change or destroy human and wildlife habitats, damage property, and harm or kill humans.
    • Natural hazards can present personal and societal challenges
  • Science and technology in society
    • Abilities of technological design.
    • Understandings about science and technology.
These standards are from the National Science Education Standards National Research Council. National Science Education Standards. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press, 1996. http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/nses/