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North Carolina Science Curriculum Standards

Carolina Coastal Science Web site is aligned with the following North Carolina Science Curriculum program goals and objectives:

Science Curriculum Elementary (K-5)
Science Curriculum Middle Level (6-8)
Earth Science Curriculum - High School

Program Goals

  1. Understand the nature of science.
  2. Become proficient in using science process skills to solve problems and make decisions.
  3. Develop responsible attitudes toward the environment, science, technology, and society.
  4. Understand basic scientific concepts and principles.

Science Curriculum Elementary (K-5)

Elementary science is a vital component of the elementary curriculum and should be taught regularly throughout the year. Content areas of earth, life, and physical sciences can be presented in an integrated fashion using different areas of the Carolina Coastal Science Web site. Because young children are naturally curious and are excited about participating in experiential learning, the Web site offers a stimulus for the integration of different content areas by using interactive media such as QuickTime Virtual Reality, movie clips, graphics, and hypertext. The instructional system of the Carolina Coastal Science Web site provides for developmentally appropriate science instruction to support readiness skills in other curriculum areas and contributes to thinking and reasoning processes.

The Carolina Coastal Science Web site provides a unique opportunity for young children to acquire science concepts and process skills as they observe, describe, and discriminate among objects and organisms in a hypermedia environment. The Web site provides students the opportunity to observe and experience the properties of matter such as color, size, shape, and to work with plants, animals, and numbers. As children progress beyond the early elementary grades, they are ready for more formal science experiences. The Web site provides opportunities for experiences which give broad coverage to environmental science topics and allows students to experience more abstract concepts. These experiences assist the child in developing a basic understanding of the conceptual themes of matter, energy, motion, time, space, and forces.

With young children, understanding the processes of science is more important than knowing the content of science. Through activities on the Web site that use scientific processes, students gain a basic understanding of environmental science content. The development of problem-solving and reasoning skills, an essential part of the learning process, is facilitated through guided instruction and open-ended explorations on the Web site. The inquiry-based activities on the Carolina Coastal Science Web site deal with real problems that are relevant to the student.

Competency Goal 1: The learner will develop an understanding of the nature of science.

Competency Goal 2: The learner will develop the ability to use science process skills.

Competency Goal 4: The learner will develop a positive attitude toward science.

Competency Goal 5: The learner will construct an understanding of self and his/her world.




Science Curriculum Middle Level (6-8)

The Carolina Coastal Science Web site supports the middle level science curriculum by providing inquiry-based explorations that integrate earth, life, and physical science. Science concepts are presented from a student-centered perspective and place an emphasis on the nature of science and inquiry. The instructional system on the Web site provides the students with the opportunity to engage science process skills, including formulating hypotheses and interpreting data. The activities on the Carolina Coastal Science Web site provide students with problem-solving and reasoning experiences that are essential to the learning process. The scientific inquiry on the Web site deals with authentic, real-world problems. Personal decision making and societal issue are interwoven into the Web site science content. Appropriate guided instruction assists middle level students in the transition from concrete reasoning processes to abstract reasoning patterns.

Competency Goal 1: The learner will develop an understanding of the nature of science.

Competency Goal 2: The learner will develop the ability to use science process skills.

Competency Goal 4: The learner will develop a positive attitude toward science.

Competency Goal 5: The learner will have an understanding of the relevance of current topics in science.

Competency Goal 6: The learner will construct an understanding of science concepts through systems and diversity.




Earth Science Curriculum - High School

The Carolina Coastal Science Web site supports the earth science high school science curriculum. The Web site provides the upper secondary school student with a continuation of science concept development with emphasis on the nature of science and scientific inquiry. The activities in the Web site reflect an attitude that science is understandable and is a process of finding out about the natural world. The Web site activities place an emphasis on students using multimedia technologies to investigate authentic scientific problems. Science concept acquisition is emphasized by exploring recent developments in science that address social, political, and economic issues.

Competency Goal 1: The learner will develop an understanding of the nature of science.

Competency Goal 2: The learner will develop the ability to use science process skills.

Competency Goal 4: The learner will develop a positive attitude toward science.

Competency Goal 5: The learner will have an understanding of the relevance of current topics in earth/environmental science.

Competency Goal 6: The learner will have an understanding of location and mapping.

Competency Goal 7: The learner will have an understanding of geology.

Competency Goal 9: The learner will have an understanding of oceanography.




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