Sample Goals: Science

Continuing the series on academic goals…

General Science
My students are expected to gain a strong science education. At the early elementary level, studies focus on the natural sciences – things about which kids are naturally curious (weather, stars, bugs, plants…).  At the middle-school level, studies are more formal and build on their elementary introduction.  At the high-school level, students learn college-prep science.

Nature Studies

  • Anatomy
  • Astronomy
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Botany
  • Entomology
  • Geology
  • Oceanography
  • Physics
  • Zoology

Biology

  • learn about genetics; understand dominant and recessive genes and be able to explain this information to others
  • study taxonomy – memorize the seven levels used for classification
  • know the five kingdoms into which living things are classified
  • know the thirty-four phyla into which animals are classified
  • know the twenty-one orders of mammals, as well as some of the families within those orders
  • be able to contrast the theories of creation and evolution.  Discuss the main flaws in the theory of intelligent design.  Discuss the main flaws in the theory of evolution.  Apply the study of formal logic in analyzing the arguments made about these theories.
  • complete both years of Apologia’s biology courses

 Chemistry

  • know the elements, and be able to use a periodic table
  • know properties of the elements, and be able to explain why different elements are grouped together
  • understand the information contained in the periodic table
  • conduct experiments/demonstrations to learn about chemistry and how it affects our lives
  • complete both years of Apologia’s chemistry courses

Computers

  • know the names of the parts of a computer
  • be able to perform simple diagnostics to troubleshoot computer problems
  • be able to perform simple computer repair

Physics

  • know what a magnet is and be able to discuss the properties of magnets; apply those properties in using magnets when appropriate to do so
  • know what electricity is; construct simple circuits in series and parallel.  Conduct further demonstrations, such as building radios, clocks, lamps, computers, etc., as interest dictates
  • have a general understanding of energy and work, the theory of relativity, the laws of thermodynamics, and other common physical properties observed in God’s creation
  • complete both years of Apologia’s physics courses

Anatomy (Nature Studies) – see health

Astronomy (Nature Studies)

  1. know common terminology used in astronomy (planet, star, galaxy, etc.)
  2. know the names of the planets, and the order in which those planets appear
  3. be able to identify major constellations found in the Northern hemisphere

Atmospheric Science (Nature Studies)

  1.  know the names of the different types of clouds, and apply this knowledge by accurately identifying clouds they see in the sky
  2. know the types of weather that occur in this region (names of different types of precipitation);  also know the types of weather which occurs in other areas (hurricanes, typhoons, etc)
  3. use equipment to monitor conditions and make accurate weather predictions

Botany (Nature Studies)

  1. identify plants which commonly grow in the area where we live
  2. be able to discuss local plants and the habitat in which those plants are likely to be found
  3. apply their knowledge of local plants in harvesting edible berries and avoiding poisonous ones

Entomology (Nature Studies)
be able to identify common insects and bugs found in the region

Geology (Nature Studies)

  1. know different ways that mountains are formed (volcanic mountains, folded mountains…)
  2. know how seismic activity affects the earth’s crust
  3. know the types of intrusions that magma makes into the earth’s crust
  4. know the three main types of rocks
  5. know how weather and water affect the earth’s topography
  6. be able to read a topographic map

Oceanography (Nature Studies)
be able to identify animals and plants found in the Puget Sound; know uses to which those plants and animals can be put

Zoology (Nature Studies)

  1. know the names of animals native to the Pacific Northwest; know the habitat of those animals and be able to discuss the animals’ habits
  2. be able to identify major animals of the world (tiger, elephant, etc.)
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