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It is important to ensure that all of the learning objectives for any Internet-based project address and promote national, state and/or local standards.  When these curriculum standards are clearly identified, it can also make it easier to justify the implementation of these projects in your classrooms.  Additionally, aligning standards and learning objectives with benchmarks for state and local proficiency exams makes it easy to demonstrate a connection between project implementation and increased student achievement.



Middle school science students in Miami, Florida use the Biological Timing Online Science Experiment to learn how to integrate technology and scientific research. Their role is to act as teams of "expert scientists" who investigate and communicate their findings to others. As part of the lesson plan developed for this project, the teacher identifies the specific state and local curriculum standards satisfied by the project. They are:

SC.F.1.3.7.a - (The Processes of Life, 6-8). The student knows that behavior is a response to the environment and influences growth, development, maintenance, and reproduction.

SC.H.1.3.1.a - (Nature of Science, 6-8). The student knows that scientific knowledge is subject to modification as new information challenges prevailing theories and as a new theory leads to looking at old observations in a new way.

SC.H.1.3.5.a - (Nature of Science, 6-8). The student knows that change in one or more variables may alter the outcome of an investigation.

SC.H.3.3.1 - (Nature of Science, 6-8). The student knows that science ethics demand that scientists must not knowingly subject coworkers, students, the neighborhood, or the community to health or property risks.

SC.H.3.3.2 - (Nature of Science, 6-8). The student knows that special care must be taken in using animals in scientific research.

SC.H.3.3.7 - (Nature of Science, 6-8). The student knows that computers speed up and extend people's ability to collect, sort, and analyze data; prepare research reports; and share data and ideas with others.

Goal 3 Standards: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7

Competency Based Curriculum: 

Nature of Science as Inquiry Components: 6-8.I.A1-10, 6-8.I.B.1-5, 6-8.I.C.3-5
Life Science Components: 6.II.A.9-10

Consider these questions as you review your project.

  • What curriculum standards will be satisfied by the project you have selected? Standards to consider include science, math, language arts, social studies, and cross-curricula standards.






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