Tri-Valley Creeks

a partnership for a sustainable tomorrow

Educational Materials

Meeting California Curriculum Standards

The educational materials for our stream evaluation and creek clean-up activites are listed on the pull down menu. These activities were developed to help teachers meet the California State and Common Core Standards listed below.

California State Standards:

 Biology “Ecology”

6b. Students know how to analyze changes in an ecosystem resulting in changes from climate, human activity, and changes in population size.

 Earth Science “California Geology”

9c. Students know the importance of water to society, the origin of California fresh water, and the relationship between supply and need.

Social Science “Historical Interpretation”

5. Students analyze human modification of landscape and examine the resulting environmental policy issues. 

Common Core Standards:

Classes that participate in water quality testing and creek clean-up activities may use this experience to integrate Common Core Standards (CCS) lessons into a community service activity.

Listed on the next page are suggestions for meeting CCS. Students will be able to collect water quality data or find this data for local streams online at the Adopt-a-Creek Spot website at www.trivalleycreeks.org and www.worldwatermonitoringday.org

Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects Grades 6 - 12

Grades 6 – 8

Grades 9 –   10

Grades 11 -   12

Follow precisely a multi-step procedure when carrying out experiments,   taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

Follow precisely a complex multi-step procedure when carrying out   experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to   special cases or exceptions defined in text.

Follow precisely a complex procedure when carrying out experiments,   taking measurements, or performing technical tasks; analyze the specific   results based on explanations in a text.

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific   words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical   context.

Determine meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific   words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical   context.

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific   words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical   context.

Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in   a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g. flowchart,   diagram, model, graph, or table).

Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in   a text into visual form (a table or chart) and translate information   expressed visually or mathematically (into an equation) into words.

Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in   diverse formats and media (e.g. quantitative data, video, multimedia) in   order to address a question or solve a problem.

Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments,   simulations, video or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text   on the same topic.

Compare and contrast findings presented in a text to those from other   sources (including their own experiments) noting when the findings support or   contradict previous explanations or accounts.

Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in   diverse formats and media (quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to   address a question or solve a problem.

   

Evaluate the hypotheses, data, analysis, and conclusions in a science   or technical text, verifying the data when possible and corroborating or   challenging conclusions with other sources of information.

Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of   historical events, scientific procedures/experiments, or technical processes.  

Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of   historical events, scientific procedures/experiments, or technical processes.

Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of   historical events, scientific procedures/experiments, or technical processes.  

Standard includes:

-Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize   ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories; include formatting,   graphics (chats, tables) and multimedia when useful to aid comprehension.

-Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts definitions,   concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

-Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary.

-Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone.

-Provide a concluding statement or section that follows and supports   the information or explanation presented.

Standard includes:

-Introduce a topic and organize ideas, concepts, and information to   make important connections and distinctions; include formatting, graphics,   and multi-media when useful to aiding comprehension.

-Develop the topic with well-chosen, relevant, and sufficient facts,   extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and   examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.

-Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to manage the   complexity of the topic and convey a style appropriate to the discipline and   context as well as to the expertise of likely readers.

-Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and   supports the information or explanation presented.

Standard includes:

-Introduce a topic and organize complex ideas, concepts, and   information so that each new element builds on that which precedes it to   create a unified whole; include formatting, graphics (figures, tables) and   multi-media when useful to aiding comprehension.

-Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and   relevant facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other   information and examples appropriate to the audiences’ knowledge of the   topic.

-Use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary and techniques such   as metaphor, simile, and analogy to manage the complexity of the topic.   Convey a knowledgeable stance in a style that responds to the discipline and   context as well as to the expertise of likely readers.

-Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and   supports the information or explanation provided.