Alignment with New Jersey Core Content Curriculum
Standards, Strands, and Cumulative Progress Indicators
(to be completed by the end of Grade 8)

Investigation 1-5
A Mysterious Ailment

Synopsis:  Students read a 1981 column about a mysterious ailment (AIDS, before it was called AIDS and before HIV was identified) and identify the descriptive epidemiological clues that led to the formulation of early causal hypotheses.  To further understand the value of descriptive epidemiology, students predict what the descriptive epidemiology of this mysterious ailment would be if it were caused by mosquito bites, sitting on toilet seats, donating blood, or shaking hands.  Students realize that descriptive epidemiology is sometimes useful in determining that certain causal hypotheses do not make sense.

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Standard 5.1: Scientific Processes

All students will develop problem-solving, decision-making, and inquiry skills, reflected by formulating usable questions and hypotheses, planning experiments, conducting systematic observations, interpreting and analyzing data, drawing conclusions, and communicating results.

Strand A: Habits of Mind
Strand B: Inquiry and Problem Solving
Standard 5.2: Science and Society

All students will develop an understanding of how people of various cultures have contributed to the advancement of science and technology, and how major discoveries and events have advanced science and technology.

Strand A: Cultural Contributions
Strand B: Historical Perspectives

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Standard 2.1: Wellness

All students will learn and apply health promotion concepts and skills to support a healthy, active lifestyle.

Strand A: Personal Health
Strand D: Diseases and Health Conditions
Standard 2.2: Integrated Skills

All students will use health-enhancing personal, interpersonal, and life skills to support a healthy, active lifestyle.

Strand A: Communication
Strand B: Decision-Making
Strand E: Leadership, Advocacy, and Service
Standard 2.3: Drugs and Medicine

All students will learn and apply health promotion concepts and skills to support a healthy, active lifestyle.

Strand B: Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
Strand C: Dependency / Addiction and Treatment

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Standard 3.1: Reading

All students will understand and apply the knowledge of sounds, letters, and words in written English to become independent and fluent readers, and will read a variety of materials and texts with fluency and comprehension.

Strand E: Reading Strategies
Strand F: Vocabulary and Concept Development
Strand G: Comprehension Skills and Response to Text
Standard 3.3: Speaking

All students will speak in clear, concise, organized language that varies in content and form for different audiences and purposes.

Strand A: Discussion
Strand B: Questioning (Inquiry) and Contributing
Strand C: Word Choice
Strand D: Oral Presentation
Standard 3.4: Listening

All students will listen actively to information from a variety of sources in a variety of situations.

Strand A: Active Listening
Strand B: Listening Comprehension

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Standard 6.5: Economics

All students will acquire an understanding of key economic principles in relation to individuals, institutions, and governments.

Strand B: Economics and Society

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