KY.PS. Program of Studies 2006
SC-6-EU. Big Idea: The Earth and the Universe (Earth/Space Science) - The Earth system is in a constant state of change. These changes affect life on Earth in many ways. Development of conceptual understandings about processes that shape the Earth begin at the elementary level with understanding what Earth materials are and that change occurs. At the middle level, students investigate how these changes occur. An understanding of systems and their interacting components will enable students to evaluate supporting theories of Earth changes. The use of models and observance of patterns to explain common phenomena is essential to building a conceptual foundation and supporting ideas with evidence at all levels. In middle school, students begin to look beyond what can be directly observed as they explore the Earth-sun-moon system, as well as the rest of our solar system, employing the concept of scale within their models. Patterns play an important role as students seek to develop a conceptual understanding of gravity in their world and in the universe. (Academic Expectations 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5)
SC-6-EU-S-4. Program of Studies: Skills and Concepts - Students will research how scientists organize data from complex systems and also how technology enables/enhances scientific research and data analysis
SC-6-EU-U-4. Program of Studies: Understandings - Students will understand that complex systems like the Earth or solar system are difficult to comprehend or explain without depending on averages and ranges of data. Technology is essential for helping to collect and analyze this data.