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The Living
  Environment
  Core Curriculum




THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK          THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

                                  http://www.nysed.gov
                         THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
                                  Regents of The University


CARL T. HAYDEN, Chancellor, A.B., J.D. ......................................................................Elmira
DIANE O'NEILL MCGIVERN, Vice Chancellor, B.S.N., M.A., Ph.D. ............................Bayside
J. EDWARD MEYER, B.A., LL.B. ....................................................................................Chappaqua
R. CARLOS CARBALLADA, Chancellor Emeritus, B.S. ....................................................Rochester
ADELAIDE L. SANFORD, B.A., M.A., P.D. ......................................................................Hollis
SAUL B. COHEN, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. ...............................................................................New Rochelle
JAMES C. DAWSON, A.A., B.A., M.S., Ph.D. ..................................................................Peru
ROBERT M. BENNETT, B.A., M.S. ..................................................................................Tonawanda
ROBERT M. JOHNSON, B.S., J.D. ...................................................................................Lloyd Harbor
PETER M. PRYOR, B.A., LL.B., J.D., LL.D. ..................................................................Albany
ANTHONY S. BOTTAR, B.A., J.D. ...................................................................................Syracuse
MERRYL H. TISCH, B.A., M.A. ......................................................................................New York
HAROLD O. LEVY, B.S., M.A. (Oxon.), J.D. ..................................................................New York
ENA L. FARLEY, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. ................................................................................Brockport
GERALDINE D. CHAPEY, B.A., M.A., Ed.D. ...................................................................Belle Harbor
RICARDO E. OQUENDO, B.A., J.D. .................................................................................Bronx


President of The University and Commissioner of Education
RICHARD P. MILLS

Chief Operating Officer
RICHARD H. CATE

Deputy Commissioner for Elementary, Middle, Secondary, and Continuing
  Education
JAMES A. KADAMUS

Assistant Commissioner for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
ROSEANNE DEFABIO




   The State Education Department does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, religion, creed, dis-
ability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race, gender, genetic predisposition or carrier sta-
tus, or sexual orientation in its educational programs, services, and activities. Portions of this publica-
tion can be made available in a variety of formats, including braille, large print or audio tape, upon
request. Inquiries concerning this policy of nondiscrimination should be directed to the Department's
Office for Diversity, Ethics, and Access, Room 152, Education Building, Albany, NY 12234.
                                                  CONTENTS




                     Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .iv

                     Core Curriculum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
                       Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
                       Standard 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
                         Key Idea 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
                         Key Idea 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
                         Key Idea 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
                       Standard 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
                         Key Idea 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
                         Key Idea 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
                         Key Idea 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
                         Key Idea 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
                         Key Idea 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
                         Key Idea 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
                         Key Idea 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19

                     Appendix A
                       Living Environment--Laboratory Checklist . . . . . . .21




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                                         ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
The State Education Department acknowledges the assistance of teachers and school administrators from across
New York State and the Biology Mentor Network. In particular, the State Education Department would like to thank:
     Alan Ascher               South Shore High School
     Candy Bandura             Niskayuna High School
     John Bartsch              Amsterdam High School
     Dave Bauer                Alden Central High School
     Marilou Bebak             Nardin Academy High School
     Mary Colvard              Cobleskill High School
     Marianita Damari          Office of Brooklyn High Schools
     Lee Drake                 Finger Lakes Community College
     Michael DuPrZ             Rush-Henrietta Central School District
     Rick Hallman              Office of Queens High Schools
     Barbara Hobart            Consultant, Orleans-Niagara BOCES
     Linda Hobart              Finger Lakes Community College
     Susan Hoffmire            Victor High School
     Susan Holt                Williamsville East High School
     Dan Johnson               Cicero-North Syracuse High School
     Sandra Latourelle         SUNY Plattsburgh, Clinton Community College
     John McGrath              Baldwin High School
     Laura Maitland            Bellmore-Merrick High Schools
     Donna Moore               Cornell Agriculture Education Outreach
     Robert Petingi            (formerly) Leadership Secondary School
     Barbara Poseluzny         Woodside, NY
     Carl Raab                 Board of Education, New York City
     DeAnna Roberson           New York City
     Sylvia Thomson            Monroe Community College
     Bruce Tulloch             Bethlehem Central High School
     Joyce Valenti             Windham-Ashland-Jewett High School
     Kathy Ylvisaker           Niskayuna High School
The Living Environment Core Curriculum was reviewed by many teachers and administrators across the State includ-
ing Coordinating and Regional Biology Mentors. The State Education Department thanks those individuals who
provided feedback both formally and informally.

In addition, the following individuals responded to a joint request by the Science Teachers Association of New York
State and the State Education Department to review the document from their perspectives as scientists, science pro-
fessors, and/or science education professors. Thanks go to Mary Colvard for organizing this effort.
      Rita Calvo                 Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
      Marvin Druger              Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
      Rita Hoots                 Davis, CA
      Paul DeHart Hurd           Palo Alto, CA
      Jay Labov                  National Research Council, Washington, DC
      William Leonard            Clemson University, Clemson, SC
      Ross McIntyre              Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
      Cheryl Mason               San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
      Joseph Novak               Taunton, MA
      John Penick                North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
      Barbara Schulz             Lakeside Upper School, Seattle, WA

The project manager for the development of The Living Environment Core Curriculum was Elise Russo, Associate in
Science Education, with content and assessment support provided by Mary Oliver, Associate in Educational Testing.
Diana K. Harding, Associate in Science Education, provided additional support. Special thanks go to Jan Christman
for technical expertise and to John Bartsch, Amsterdam High School, for preliminary drafts of the document.

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