Wachusett Regional School District
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Unifying Concepts and Processes - Strand 1

Systems Order and Organization
Evidence, Models and Explanation
Constancy, Change and Measurement
Evolution and Equilibrium
Form and Function

 Conceptual and procedural schemes unify science disciplines and provide students with powerful ideas to help them understand the natural world.   Because of the underlying principles embodied in this standard, the understandings and abilities described here are repeated in the other content standards.

This standard describes some of the integrative schemes that can bring together students' many' experiences in science education across grades K - 12. The unifying concepts and processes standard can be the focus of instruction at any grade level but should always be closely linked to outcomes aligned with other content standards. In the early grades, instruction should establish the meaning and use of unifying concepts and processes - for example, what it means to measure and how to use measurement tools. At the upper grades, the standard should facilitate and enhance the learning of scientific concepts and principals by providing students with a big picture of scientific ideas - for example, how measurement is important in all scientific endeavors.

CONTENT STANDARDS K - 12

The standard for unifying concepts and processes is presented for grades K - 12, because the understanding and abilities associated with major conceptual and procedural schemes need to be developed over an entire education, and the unifying concepts and processes transcend disciplinary boundaries.

Standard:       As a result of activities in grades K - 12, all students should develop understanding and abilities aligned with the following concepts and processes:

CONTENT STANDARDS K - 12

The standard for unifying concepts and processes is presented for grades K - 12, because the understanding and abilities associated with major conceptual and procedural schemes need to be developed over an entire education, and the unifying concepts and processes transcend disciplinary boundaries.

Standard:       As a result of activities in grades K - 12, all students should develop understanding and abilities aligned with the following concepts and processes:

  • Systems Order and Organization
  • Evidence, Models and Explanation
  • Constancy, Change and Measurement
  • Evolution and Equilibrium
  • Form and Function