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Curriculum Standards

National Science Education Standards

CONTENT STANDARD A: SCIENCE AS INQUIRY
ABILITIES NECESSARY TO DO SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY

  • Identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigations.
  • Design and conduct a scientific investigation.
  • Use appropriate tools and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret data.
  • Develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, and models using evidence.
  • Think critically and logically to make the relationship between evidence and explanations.

UNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY

  • Technology used to gather data enhances accuracy and allows scientists to analyze and quantify results of investigations.

CONTENT STANDARD E:  Science and Technology
ABILITIES OF TECHNOLOGICAL DESIGN
Implement a proposed design

CONTENT STANDARD F:  Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
PERSONAL HEALTH
Natural environments may contain substances (for example, radon and lead) that are harmful to human beings. Maintaining environmental health involves establishing or monitoring quality standards related to use of soil, water, and air.

POPULATIONS, RESOURCES, AND ENVIRONMENTS
Causes of environmental degradation and resource depletion vary from region to region and from country to country.

NATURAL HAZARDS
Human activities also can induce hazards through resource acquisition, urban growth, land-use decisions, and waste disposal. Such activities can accelerate many natural changes.

RISKS AND BENEFITS
Risk analysis considers the type of hazard and estimates the number of people that might be exposed and the number likely to suffer consequences. The results are used to determine the options for reducing or eliminating risks.

Individuals can use a systematic approach to thinking critically about risks and benefits. Examples include applying probability estimates to risks and comparing them to estimated personal and social benefits.

New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards: Science

5.1 A. Understand Scientific Explanations: Students understand core concepts and principles of science and use measurement and observation tools to assist in categorizing, representing, and interpreting the natural and designed world.

5.4 Earth Systems Science: All students will understand that Earth operates as a set of complex, dynamic, and interconnected systems, and is a part of the all-encompassing system of the universe.


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