ERIC Number: ED342650
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Earth Science Content Guidelines Grades K-12.
American Geological Inst., Alexandria, VA.
Teams of teachers, other science educators, and scientists selected from a national search for project writers have proposed using the following set of questions to guide the inclusion of earth science content into the kindergarten through grade 12 curriculum. The Essential Questions are organized in a K-12 sequence by six content areas: (1) Solid Earth (lithosphere); (2) Water (hydrosphere); (3) Air (atmosphere); (4) Ice (cryosphere); (5) Life (biosphere); and (6) Earth in Space. The questions have been developed within the context of the goals for earth science literacy as reported in Earth Science Education for the 21st Century: A Planning Guide, American Geological Institute, 1991. These goals state that for all students to become literate in science and in earth science they need to become stewards of the Earth; develop a deep aesthetic appreciation of the history, beauty, simplicity, and complexity of the Earth; understand ways in which earth scientists investigate the Earth; and understand essential earth science concepts, including geologic time, evolution, change, scales, cycles, and resources. The Essential Questions are organized in a manner intended to guide the sequential development of concepts and subconcepts within each grade level. The Essential Questions in the first section of this report, and the background notes of Key Ideas and Seeking Answers provided in the second section, represent one way to frame the diverse content of earth science. (KR)
Descriptors: Biology, Curriculum Guides, Earth Science, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Integrated Curriculum, Resource Materials, Science Education, Scientific Literacy, Secondary School Science, Space Sciences
American Geological Institute, 4220 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302-1507.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Geological Inst., Alexandria, VA.