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SCIENCE LEARNING STANDARDS : L.A. UNIFIED LEARNING STANDARDS: SCIENCE 12TH GRADE:.

Upon graduation from the Los Angeles Unified School District, students will be able to:

1. Analyze energy transformations in the earth system; examine how natural history provides evidence of change.

2. Describe and analyze a natural phenomenon using the concepts of physics; analyze how these concepts are developed and used in scientific work and practical applications.

3. Describe, analyze, and predict chemical reactions, the biochemical basis of organic life, and the impact of chemicals on the environment, using knowledge of the periodic table and mathematics where applicable.

4. Describe examples of the biochemical mechanisms of organic life such as cells, heredity, aging, and the evolutionary relationships among organisms; understand the human effect on ecosystems.

5. Raise questions, solve problems, evaluate products, and, where appropriate, make objective decisions based on scientific knowledge, mathematical applications, inductive and deductive reasoning, and consideration of alternative interpretations of the evidence.

6. Explain and examine relationships among different scientific phenomena using experimental evidence, logical argument, graphs, mathematical equations and other resources.

7. Design and conduct an experiment or field study to test research questions, following appropriate safety and ethical guidelines and practices; use research findings to revise initial theories and plan further research.

8. Use computers and other equipment and technology to collect, store, and analyze data; understand how technological advances contribute to scientific progress as well as lead to new problems and questions.

9. Integrate the main concepts of the various branches of science through inquiry and application in order to explain the natural laws of the universe, modern scientific research and personal experience.

11th GRADE Upon completing Grade 11 in the Los Angeles Unified School District, students will be able to:

11. Describe, quantify, and analyze the forces that shape the Earth by applying concepts from astronomy, meteorology, geology, oceanography and physics.

12. Analyze and explain concepts in physics such as force, motion, and the transformation of energy; test applicable scientific theories, using mathematics when appropriate.

13. Observe, describe, and quantify chemical reactions and the effect of atomic or molecular structure on the interaction of different materials, including the balancing of simple chemical equations.

14. Demonstrate understanding of the interdependence of organisms in ecosystems, the role of genetic inheritance, and the patterns and processes through which organisms and ecosystems change over time.

15. Develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, models and logical arguments to develop theories using evidence while remaining receptive to revision in light of new information.

16. Use tables, graphs, charts and written analyses to support conclusions about original hypotheses based upon collected data; compare and contrast alternative conclusions based on the same data.

17. Investigate scientific phenomena, including their own interests, using independent and group experiments, field study, and research; identify and control variables which could affect experimental results.

18. Observe, identify and measure natural objects, occurrences and organisms; efficiently use available equipment and apparatus, such as computers, microscopes, thermometers.

19. Integrate knowledge of the various branches of science in a systematic manner in order to develop practical solutions to problems.

7th GRADE Upon completing Grade Seven, Los Angeles Unified School District students will be able to:

21. Explore and analyze the interrelationships between habitats, resources and climate in terms of their physical features; explain the processes that led to their formation such as plate tectonics, the rock cycle, the water cycle, and Earth's rotation and tilt.

22. Observe and describe how physical systems are affected by the interaction of matter and energy; use mathematics to explain an interaction such as calculating work or measuring the period of a pendulum.

23. Explain that all matter is made from particles called atoms, describe how atoms combine to form new matter, and identify the physical properties of atoms, such as describing the conservation of matter.

24. Explain how organisms survive, grow and reproduce; classify them according to their characteristics, including cellular structures, and analyze their interactions with the environment and other living organisms.

25. Collect relevant evidence, use logical reasoning, apply imagination and creativity to the formulation of questions, and distinguish between fact and opinion when evaluating and analyzing explanations of natural phenomena.

26. Make predictions and communicate conclusions about the natural and physical world orally, visually and in writing from individual and group observations, research and investigations.

27. Investigate scientific questions by identifying variables, compiling, and evaluating the collected data; work independently and in groups following safety procedures and ethical considerations.

28. Collect, organize and analyze data taken from observations of natural objects, organisms and occurrences using a variety of equipment and technology including the Internet.

29. Integrate accumulated knowledge and experience from various branches of science and apply them to solve real-world problems.

4th GRADE Upon completing Grade Four, Los Angeles Unified School District students will be able to:

31. Point out how patterns, sequences, and relationships in nature are affected by physical features and movement of the Earth, including seasons and weather.

32. Identify and describe fundamental physical concepts in daily life such as properties of matter, force, motion and forms of energy.

33. Describe matter based on its properties; classify its forms (solid, liquid, gas); observe that matter can change from one form to another.

34. Identify the characteristics of living things, including humans, that influence how they interact with each other and adapt to their changing environments, including the examination of how personal choices affect health and well being.

35. Observe, order, compare and classify objects, living things and events in the world, and then ask questions, make predictions and communicate conclusions.

36. Make predictions and communicate conclusions about the natural and physical world from individual and group inquiry and research using language, graphs and pictures.

37. Explore, observe, and classify living and nonliving things to collect information, develop explanations, and make predictions both independently and as part of a team.

38. Use tools to order, count, observe and measure objects and events in the world.

39. Identify patterns in both natural and created environments as a basis for integrating the various branches of science.

HOW TO COMMENT What: Public review of the Los Angeles Unified School District's proposed Student Learning Standards.

When: April 1 to April 26.

How: People who wish to comment on the standards or recommend revisions must submit special forms to school principals no later than April 26.

Where: The response forms are available at all school campuses in the school district, and at district cluster and administrative offices.

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