The Richland School District science curriculum and instruction focus on the nine Big Ideas in the domains of Physical Science, Life Science, and Earth and Space Science which all students should fully understand before they graduate from high school so they can participate and prosper as citizens in modern society. The concepts of Systems, Inquiry and Application are interwoven with core content in the science domains of Life, Physical and Earth and Space Science. The purpose of this integration is to ensure students’ long-term and conceptual understanding of the topics as well as improve their abilities to do science.
EALR 1 Systems thinking makes it possible to analyze and understand complex phenomena. Systems concepts begin with the idea of the part-to-whole relationship in the earliest grades, adding the ideas of systems analysis in middle school and emergent properties, unanticipated consequences, and feedback loops in high school.
EALR 2 Inquiry is the bedrock of science and refers to the activities of students in which they develop knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, as well as an understanding of how the natural world works. Students ask and answer questions that facilitate growth in their understanding of the natural world. Inquiry includes the idea that an investigation refers to a variety of methods that can be used to answer a scientifically oriented question, including: systematic observations, field studies, models and simulations, open-ended explorations, and controlled experiments.
EALR 3 Application includes the ability to use the process of technological design to solve real-world problems, to understand the relationship between science and technology and their influence on society, and to become aware of the wide variety of careers in scientific and technical fields. These abilities are needed for people to apply what they learn in school to meet challenges in their own lives, to understand and help solve societal problems involving science and technology, and contribute to the prosperity of their community, state, and nation.
EALR 4 The Domains of Science focus on nine Big Ideas in the domains of Physical Science, Life Science, and Earth and Space Science that all students should fully understand before they graduate from high school so that they can participate and prosper as citizens in modern society.