Courses of Study : Science

Number of Standards matching query: 17
Earth and Human Activity
Science (2015)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Environmental Science
All Resources: 1
Learning Activities: 1
1 ) Investigate and analyze the use of nonrenewable energy sources (e.g., fossil fuels, nuclear, natural gas) and renewable energy sources (e.g., solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal) and propose solutions for their impact on the environment.


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SCI.AAS.ES.HS.1- Distinguish between common renewable (e.g., solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal) and nonrenewable (fossil fuels, nuclear, natural gas) energy sources.


Science (2015)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Environmental Science
All Resources: 0
2 ) Use models to illustrate and communicate the role of photosynthesis and cellular respiration as carbon cycles through the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere.

Science (2015)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Environmental Science
All Resources: 1
Classroom Resources: 1
3 ) Use mathematics and graphic models to compare factors affecting biodiversity and populations in ecosystems.

Science (2015)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Environmental Science
All Resources: 0
4 ) Engage in argument from evidence to evaluate how biological or physical changes within ecosystems (e.g., ecological succession, seasonal flooding, volcanic eruptions) affect the number and types of organisms, and that changing conditions may result in a new or altered ecosystem.


NAEP Framework
NAEP Statement::
L12.7: Although the interrelationships and interdependence of organisms may generate biological communities in ecosystems that are stable for hundreds or thousands of years, ecosystems always change when climate changes or when one or more new species appear as a result of migration or local evolution. The impact of the human species has major consequences for other species.



Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SCI.AAS.ES.HS.4- Recognize changes within ecosystems that affect the number and types of organisms in that ecosystem.


Science (2015)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Environmental Science
All Resources: 0
5 ) Engage in argument from evidence to compare how individual versus group behavior (e.g., flocking; cooperative behaviors such as hunting, migrating, and swarming) may affect a species' chance to survive and reproduce over time.

Science (2015)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Environmental Science
All Resources: 2
Lesson Plans: 1
Classroom Resources: 1
6 ) Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to describe how human activity may affect biodiversity and genetic variation of organisms, including threatened and endangered species.


NAEP Framework
NAEP Statement::
L12.7: Although the interrelationships and interdependence of organisms may generate biological communities in ecosystems that are stable for hundreds or thousands of years, ecosystems always change when climate changes or when one or more new species appear as a result of migration or local evolution. The impact of the human species has major consequences for other species.



Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SCI.AAS.ES.HS.6- Describe human activities that may affect ecosystems in positive and negative ways.


Science (2015)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Environmental Science
All Resources: 0
7 ) Analyze and interpret data to investigate how a single change on Earth's surface may cause changes to other Earth systems (e.g., loss of ground vegetation causing an increase in water runoff and soil erosion).

Science (2015)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Environmental Science
All Resources: 0
8 ) Engage in an evidence-based argument to explain how over time Earth's systems affect the biosphere and the biosphere affects Earth's systems (e.g., microbial life increasing the formation of soil; corals creating reefs that alter patterns of erosion and deposition along coastlines).

Science (2015)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Environmental Science
All Resources: 0
9 ) Develop and use models to trace the flow of water, nitrogen, and phosphorus through the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere.

Science (2015)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Environmental Science
All Resources: 1
Classroom Resources: 1
10 ) Design solutions for protection of natural water resources (e.g., bioassessment, methods of water treatment and conservation) considering properties, uses, and pollutants (e.g., eutrophication, industrial effluents, agricultural runoffs, point and nonpoint pollution resources).*


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SCI.AAS.ES.HS.10- Recognize factors that affect natural water sources (e.g., pollution, agricultural runoffs) and identify ways humans can protect them (e.g., methods of water treatment and conservation).


Science (2015)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Environmental Science
All Resources: 1
Classroom Resources: 1
11 ) Engage in argument from evidence to defend how coastal, marine, and freshwater sources (e.g., estuaries, marshes, tidal pools, wetlands, beaches, inlets, rivers, lakes, oceans, coral reefs) support biodiversity, economic stability, and human recreation.

Science (2015)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Environmental Science
All Resources: 1
Classroom Resources: 1
12 ) Analyze and interpret data and climate models to predict how global or regional climate change can affect Earth's systems (e.g., precipitation and temperature and their associated impacts on sea level, glacial ice volumes, and atmosphere and ocean composition).

Science (2015)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Environmental Science
All Resources: 1
Classroom Resources: 1
13 ) Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information based on evidence to explain how key natural resources (e.g., water sources, fertile soils, concentrations of minerals and fossil fuels), natural hazards, and climate changes influence human activity (e.g., mass migrations).


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SCI.AAS.ES.HS.13- Recognize natural resources (e.g., water sources, fertile soil) and natural hazards (e.g., volcanoes, erosion) that influence human activity.


Science (2015)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Environmental Science
All Resources: 0
14 ) Analyze cost-benefit ratios of competing solutions for developing, conserving, managing, recycling, and reusing energy and mineral resources to minimize impacts in natural systems (e.g., determining best practices for agricultural soil use, mining for coal, and exploring for petroleum and natural gas sources).*

Science (2015)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Environmental Science
All Resources: 0
15 ) Construct an explanation based on evidence to determine the relationships among management of natural resources, human sustainability, and biodiversity (e.g., resources, waste management, per capita consumption, agricultural efficiency, urban planning).

Science (2015)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Environmental Science
All Resources: 0
16 ) Obtain and evaluate information from published results of scientific computational models to illustrate the relationships among Earth's systems and how these relationships may be impacted by human activity (e.g., effects of an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide on photosynthetic biomass, effect of ocean acidification on marine populations).

Science (2015)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Environmental Science
All Resources: 0
17 ) Obtain, evaluate, and communicate geological and biological information to determine the types of organisms that live in major biomes.

a. Analyze and interpret data collected through geographic research and field investigations (e.g., relief, topographic, and physiographic maps; rivers; forest types; watersheds) to describe the biodiversity by region for the state of Alabama (e.g., terrestrial, freshwater, marine, endangered, invasive).