Earth's Bare Bones: Desert Minerals
The education team is actively reviewing the list of in-class and in-park programs that are offered. We are evaluating our current programs to ensure that what is taught, and how it is taught, aligns with the NGSS philosophy of emphasizing practices and processes over passive knowledge.
As we make changes, we welcome you to contact us with any comments or suggestions.
Content Standards for California Public Schools
Science Content Standards
Investigation and Experimentation: 4. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept and addressing the content in the other three strands, students should develop their own questions and perform investigations. Students will: a. Make predictions based on observed patterns and not random guessing. c. Compare and sort common objects according to two or more physical attributes (e.g., color, shape, texture, size, weight). d. Write or draw descriptions of a sequence of steps, events, and observations. f. Use magnifiers or microscopes to observe and draw descriptions of small objects or small features of objects. g. Follow oral instructions for a scientific investigation.
History – Social Science Content Standards
Language Arts Content Standards
1.0 Listening and Speaking Strategies Students listen critically and respond appropriately to oral communication. They speak in a manner that guides the listener to understand important ideas by using proper phrasing, pitch, and modulation. Comprehension 1.1 Determine the purpose or purposes of listening (e.g., to obtain information, to solve problems, for enjoyment). 1.2 Ask for clarification and explanation of stories and ideas. 1.3 Paraphrase information that has been shared orally by others. 1.4 Give and follow three- and four-step oral directions.
Mathematics Content Standards