The Science Curriculum is a study of the natural world, its physical features, life, and environment. A goal of the curriculum is to help all students to engage in scientific inquiry, to explore the concepts of matter and energy, to study living things and their interactions with the environment, to study the earth and universe, and to apply the knowledge of science for the benefit of society.
The foundation of the District Science curriculum is the South Dakota Science Standards, with supplemental District level standards. These standards define for all students the minimum level of what they are expected to know in the science content area and the skills needed to apply the content in their personal and professional life experiences.
As a general outcome, it is the desire of the District that each student will have an appreciation of science, will seek questions and entertain possible solutions, will engage in observation and investigation, will apply the scientific method in their daily living, and will use science for the benefit of humanity.
Listed below are the Indicators, or major common threads in the Language Arts Curriculum that represent expected outcomes for all students in grades K-12.
K-12 GOALS AND INDICATORS
Nature Of Science Standards
Goal 1: Students will explore, evaluate, and communicate personal and scientific investigations to understand the nature of science.
Indicator 1: Understand the nature and origin of scientific knowledge.
Indicator 2: Apply the skills necessary to conduct scientific investigations.
Physical Science Standards
Goal 2: Students will use appropriate scientific models to describe and quantify the nature and interactions of matter and energy.
Indicator 1: Describe structures and properties of, and changes in, matter.
Indicator 2: Analyze forces, their forms, and their effects on motions.
Indicator 3: Analyze interactions of energy and matter.
Life Science Standards
Goal 3: Students will describe structures and attributes of living things, processes of life, and interaction with each other and the environment.
Indicator 1: Understand the fundamental structures, functions, classifications, and mechanisms found in living things.
Indicator 2: Analyze various patterns and products of natural and induced biological change.
Indicator 3: Analyze how organisms are linked to one another and the environment.
Earth/Space Science Standards
Goal 4: Students will analyze the composition, formative processes, and history of the universe, solar system, and Earth.
Indicator 1: Analyze the various structures and processes of the Earth system.
Indicator 2: Analyze essential principles and ideas about the composition and structure of the universe.
Science, Technology, Environment, And Society Standards
Goal 5: Students will identify and evaluate the relationships and ethical implications of science upon technology, environment, and society.
Indicator 1: Analyze various implications/effects of scientific advancement within the environment and society.
Indicator 2: Analyze the relationships/interactions among science, technology, environment, and society.