This curriculum addresses Virginia’s Science SOL’s with emphasis on 6.9 – Resources, and includes cross references to other Mathematics and Social Studies SOLs. Students are invited to peer through metaphorical Windows on the World to examine key dimensions of developing sustainable communities.
I. Curriculum Overview
II. Sixth Grade Science Standards of Learning
III. Geographic Overview of Virginia's Natural Resources
VIII. Forestry & Wildlife
IX. Land Use & Natural Hazards
X. Birth of a Green Building
XI. Culminating Activity
XII. Case Studies in Environmental Management (Click here to view a map of the highlighted companies.)
Structure of Each Window
- Introduction, Objectives, SOLs
- Key Terms/Concepts, Supplies Needed
- Student Information Sheet
- Teacher Content Section
- Classroom Activities
Each of the Windows is a stand-alone unit with which a teacher can help cover SOL 6.9. Plus, the curriculum culminates with an optional practical classroom exercise that integrates principles and insights from all seven Windows. Each of the Windows addresses SOL 6.9 with scientific content, case studies and current examples, policy analysis, teaching activities, and linkages to sources of enrichment. The goal is to present a sound, balanced, and integrated exploration of the sustainable management of natural resources to help Virginia’s sixth graders develop into reasoned and informed citizens and leaders.