Skills And Processes: The student will demonstrate ways of thinking and acting inherent in the practice of science. The student will use the language and instruments of science to collect, organize, interpret, calculate, and communicate information.
The student will use appropriate methods for communicating in writing and orally the processes and results of scientific investigation.
The student will describe similarities and differences when explaining concepts and/or principles.
Concepts Of Earth/Space Science: The student will demonstrate the ability to use scientific skills and processes (Core Learning Goal 1) to explain the physical behavior of the environment, Earth, and the universe.
The student will describe and apply the concept of natural forces and apply them to the study of Earth/Space Science.
The student will explain the role of forces in the formation and operation of the universe.
The student will explain how the transfer of energy and matter affect Earth systems.
The student will describe how energy and matter transfer affect Earth systems.
Environmental Science: The student will demonstrate the ability to use the scientific skills and processes (Core Learning Goal 1) and major environmental science concepts to understand interrelationships of the natural world and to analyze environmental issues and their solutions.
The student will explain how matter and energy move through the biosphere (lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and organisms).
The student will analyze how the transfer of energy between atmosphere, land masses and oceans results in areas of different temperatures and densities that produce weather patterns and establish climate zones around the earth (At least - differential heating and cooling; oceanic and atmospheric circulation patterns; climates and microclimates; biomes).