Strand II
Reflect on the Nature, Adequacy, and Connections Across Scientific Knowledge


Science/Strand II
Content Standard 1
All students will analyze claims for their scientific merit and explain how scientists decide what constitutes scientific knowledge; how science is related to other ways of knowing; how science and technology affect our society; and how people of diverse cultures have contributed to and influenced developments in science. (Reflecting on Scientific Knowledge)


Science/Strand II/Content Standard 1
Middle School


Science/Strand II/Content Standard 1/Middle School
Benchmark 5
Develop an awareness of and sensitivity to the natural world.

Benchmark Clarification

Students will describe the balance of nature as how living organisms (producers, consumers and decomposers) and non-living things (water, air, rocks and minerals, natural resources like coal, and energy) interact within their environment. Students will compare and contrast how their actions can affect the balance of nature.

Key Concept / Real World Context / Resources


Science/Strand II/Content Standard 1/Middle School/Benchmark 5
Key Concept
Appreciation of the balance of nature and the effects organisms have on each other, including the effects humans have on the natural world


Science/Strand II/Content Standard 1/Middle School/Benchmark 5
Real World Context
Any in the sections on Using Scientific Knowledge appropriate to middle school


Science/Strand II/Content Standard 1/Middle School/Benchmark 5