Standards for the lesson plan
Grade Level: 9-12
Life Science: Heavy Weight
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.
History and Nature of Science: Considering historical perspectives.
- 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.
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/