Science Teaching Series

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I. Developing Scientific Literacy

II. Developing Scientific Reasoning

III. Developing Scientific Understanding

IV. Developing Scientific Problem Solving

V. Developing Scientific Research Skills

VI. Resources for Teaching Science

Foundation Level Science - Earth Resources

Candidates demonstrate an understanding of the Earth resources contained in the Science Content Standards for California Public Schools (1998) as outlined in the Science Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (2002) from an advanced standpoint. To ensure a rigorous view of Earth resources and their underlying structures, candidates have a deep conceptual knowledge of the subject matter. Candidates know there are many different natural energy and material resources, including air, soil, rocks, minerals, petroleum, fresh water, wildlife, and forests, and know how to classify them as renewable or nonrenewable. They realize that sources of energy and materials differ in amounts, distribution, usefulness, and the time required for their formation. Candidates understand that the utility of energy sources is determined by factors that are involved in converting these sources to useful forms and the consequences of the conversion process. They know the natural origin of the materials used to make common objects.

0006 Earth Resources (SMR 3.1)

  1. Describe a variety of energy resources, including fossil fuels, nuclear fuels, solar, and biomass

  2. Recognize earth materials as resources (e.g., rocks, minerals, soils, and water)

  3. Identify resources as renewable vs. nonrenewable

  4. Compare extraction and recycling in relation to energy, cost, and demand

  5. Explain sustainable uses of resources with respect to utility, cost, human population, and environmental consequences