Alignment with National Content Curriculum Standards


Investigation 4-2
Acceptable Risk

Synopsis:  Students are introduced to the concept of "acceptability of risk," a term used to characterize the degree to which an individual or society is willing to tolerate the existence of an exposure that poses danger.  Each student lists three activities he/she thinks are risky but would still do and three other activities he/she thinks are risky and would not do.  Students realize it is possible for the same activity to be on both lists.  Students are then challenged to identify what it is about a particular risk that makes it acceptable or unacceptable and begin to develop a list of considerations that help them make judgments about the acceptability of risk.

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SCIENCE
 
Unifying Concepts and Processes K-12

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.

 
As a result of activities in grades K - 12, all students should develop:
1: Science as Inquiry

Inquiry requires that students combine processes and scientific knowledge as they use scientific reasoning and critical thinking to develop their understanding of science. Engaging students in inquiry helps students develop an understanding of scientific concepts, an appreciation of "how we know" what we know in science, an understanding of the nature of science, the skills necessary to become independent inquirers about the natural world, and the dispositions to use the skills, abilities, and attitudes associated with science.

 
6: Science in Personal and Social Perspectives

An important purpose of science education is to give students a means to understand and act on personal and social issues. The science in personal and social perspectives standards help students develop decision-making skills.


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HEALTH
 
By the end of Grade 8, students will:
1: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention.

 
3: Reducing Health Risks

Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and reduce health risks.

 
4: Influences on Health

Students will analyze the influence of culture, media, technology, and other factors on health.

 
6: Setting Goals for Good Health

Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting and decision-making skills to enhance health.

 
7: Health Advocacy

Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family, and community health.


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MATHEMATICS

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LANGUAGE ARTS
 
Grades K - 12
4: Communication Skills

Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.

 
11: Participating in Society

Students participate as knowledgeable, reflective, creative, and critical members of a variety of literacy communities.

 
12: Applying Language Skills

Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).


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SOCIAL STUDIES

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TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY

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