SCIENCE 20

Curriculum Connections: SCIENCE 20

 

SCIENCE 20

UNIT C – THE CHANGING EARTH

General Outcome
Alberta Environmental Laws 101 Connection to Curriculum
3: Students will analyze and assess the evidence provided by the fossil record of change in the environment and life forms over a period of 3.5 billion years. Species Law: How can these findings connect with mass extinctions happening today and what does this have to do with how we protect species at risk?
4: Students will analyze the evidence of and assess the explanations for natural variations in Earth’s climate over the last two million years. Climate Change & The Law: How are past changes in climates different from the climate change that is occurring today? What does our law need to do?

 

UNIT D – CHANGES IN LIVING SYSTEMS

General Outcome
Alberta Environmental Laws 101 Connection to Curriculum
1: Students will analyze ecosystems and ecological succession in the local area and describe the relationships and interactions among subsystems and components. Species Law: How does this relate to the changes facing Canadian species at risk? Do we need to protect critical habitat?
Water Law: What is happening with our wetlands? Are we protecting them sufficiently? Evaluate the mitigation hierarchy and its effect on ecosystems.
2: Students will analyze and investigate the cycling of matter and the flow of energy through the biosphere and ecosystems as well as the interrelationship of society and the environment. Energy Law: Examine differences between renewable and non-renewable energy & their effects on society and the environment. How should the law encourage the use of different types of energy?
Water Law: Does our current water management system exemplify an interrelationship between society and the environment – or in other words is our water management system focused on societal needs while sacrificing the environment?
3: Students will analyze and describe the adaptation of organisms to their environments, factors limiting natural populations, and evolutionary change in an ecological context. Species Law: How does this connect with species at risk and changes to their habitat? Should we update our species at risk law? Pay particular attention to the protection (or lack thereof) of critical habitat.

Throughout each topic, we have highlighted connections to Alberta high school curriculum to assist students and teachers with connecting this resource to classroom learning.