Middle School Science Teaching Standards


There are many areas in current school's curriculum standards for middle schools where Anthromes can be integrated. For example, in the state of Maryland, Pre-K through grade 8 Goal 6 refers to Environmental Science (http://mdk12.org/instruction/clg/environmental_science/goal6.html). It states that, "the student will demonstrate the ability to use the scientific skills and processes and major environmental science concepts to understand interrelationships of the natural world and to analyze environmental issues and their solutions." There are five expectation within this goal including Expectation 3 that states, "the student will analyze the relationship between humans and the earth's resources." Expectations are then followed by Indicators of Learning that give more specific detail to what the student is expected to learn. For Goal 6 Expectation 3, there are five Indicators that deal with humans and their relationship with the environment. These indicators are all great places to integrate Anthropogenic Biomes:

1. The student will evaluate the interrelationship between humans and air quality. This should include at least:

  • Ozone

  • Greenhouse gases

  • Volatile organic compounds (smog)

  • Acid Rain

  • Human Health

2. The student will evaluate the interrelationship between humans and water quality and quantity. This should include at least:

  • Fresh water supply

  • point source/nonpoint source pollution

  • thermal pollution

  • Chesapeake Bay and its watershed

  • Eutrophication

  • Human health

3. The student will evaluate the interrelationship between humans and land resources. This should include at least:

  • Wetlands

  • Soil conservation

  • Mining

  • Solid waste management

  • Land use planning

  • Human health

4. The student will evaluate the interrelationship between humans and biological resources. This should include at least:

5. The student will evaluate the interrelationship between humans and energy resources. This should include at least:

  • Renewable

  • Nonrenewable

  • Human health

Another great area in Maryland's Pre-K through grade 8 curriculum to integrate Anthromes is in Goal 3: Concepts of Biology. This goal states, "the student will demonstrate the ability to use scientific skill and processes and major biological concepts to explain the uniqueness and interdependence of living organisms, their interactions with the environment and the continuation of life on earth." Expectation 5 states that, "the student will investigate the interdependence of diverse living organisms and their interactions with the components of the biosphere." Indicator 3 of that expectation states that "the student will investigate how natural and man-made changes in environmental conditions will affect individual organisms and the dynamics of population."

The assessment limits of this indicator are:

  • Depletion of food

  • Destruction of habitats

  • Disease

  • Natural disasters

  • Pollution

  • Population increase

  • Urbanization

Indicator 4 of that expectation states that, "the student will illustrate how all organisms are part of and depend on two major global food webs that are ositively or negatively influenced by human activity and technology." This includes the oceanic food web and the terrestrial food web.

Expectation 6 provides another great area to include Anthromes. It states that "the student will investigate a biological issue and develop an action plan."

Indicator 1 of that expectation states "The student will analyze the consequences and/or trade-offs between technological changes and their effect on the individual, society, and the environment." They may select topics such as:

  • Bioethics

  • Genetic engineering

  • Endangered species

  • Food supply.

Indicator 2 states "The student will investigate a biological issue and be able to defend their position on topics such as:

  • Animal rights

  • Drug and alcohol abuse

  • Viral diseases

  • Genetic engineering

  • Bioethics

  • Population growth

  • Global sustainability

  • Origin of life


http://mdk12.org/instruction/curriculum/science/index.html