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Elementary School | Science | Ecology

Know and apply concepts that describe the interaction between science, technology and society. This goal is comprised of key concepts and principles in the life, physical and earth/space sciences that have considerable explanatory and predictive power for scientists and non-scientists alike. These ideas have been thoroughly studied and have stood the test of time. Knowing and being able to apply these concepts, principles and processes help students understand what they observe in nature and through scientific experimentation. A working knowledge of these concepts and principles allows students to relate new subject matter to material previously learned and to create deeper and more meaningful levels of understanding.

Learning Objectives Grades K-2

Know and apply concepts that describe the interaction between science, technology and society:

  • Explain the uses of common scientific instruments (e.g., ruler, thermometer, balance, probe, computer).
  • Explain how using measuring tools improves the accuracy of estimates.
  • Describe contributions men and women have made to science and technology.
  • Identify and describe ways that science and technology affect people‚Äôs everyday lives (e.g., transportation, medicine, agriculture, sanitation, communication occupations).
  • Demonstrate ways to reduce, reuse and recycle materials.

Learning Objectives Grades 3-5

Know and apply concepts that describe the interaction between science, technology and society:

  • Explain how technology is used in science for a variety of purposes (e.g., sample collection, storage and treatment; measurement; data collection, storage and retrieval; communication of information).
  • Describe the effects on society of scientific and technological innovations (e.g., antibiotics, steam engine, digital computer).
  • Identify and explain ways that science and technology influence the lives and careers of people.
  • Compare the relative effectiveness of reducing, reusing and recycling in actual situations.
  • Identify and explain ways that technology changes ecosystems (e.g., dams, highways, buildings, communication networks, power plants).
  • Analyze how specific personal and societal choices that humans make affect local, regional and global ecosystems (e.g., lawn and garden care, mass transit).

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