Environmental Education Connections to the Illinois Performance

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                                Environmental Education
                     Connections to the Illinois Performance Descriptors
In 2005 the Illinois Environmental Education Advancement Consortium (IEEAC) was challenged with reviewing the Illinois Learning
Standards to identify science and social studies descriptors that addressed environmental education. Since IEEAC members believe that
environmental education follows a scope and sequence of learning, we wanted to critically review each descriptor to find the correlations.
The rubric chosen to complete the correlation was developed by the North American Association of Environmental Education’s National
Project for Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines for Learning (K-12).

The descriptors identified in green are those that scored well against the rubric and when used will address environmental education. Many of
the descriptors develop skills that are critical to an environmentally literate student. Some of these descriptors, however, did not score well
against the rubric and are not marked as an EE descriptor. Other descriptors could easily be taught using the environment as the unifying
context but did not score well against the rubric.

The descriptors identified as EE were reviewed as they are written, without connection to any activity or lesson.

For the sake of this project, IEEAC used the definition of environmental literacy as stated by the North American Association for
Environmental Education’s National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines for Learning (K-12). The definition was
developed by thousands of environmental educators. That statement reads:
       Environmental Education is a process that aims to develop an environmentally literate citizenry that can complete in our global economy, that has the
       skills, knowledge, and inclination to make well-informed choices concerning the environment, and that exercises the rights and responsibilities of
       members of a community.

       To be effective, environmental education programs should include subjects related to: 1) knowledge of environmental processes and systems, including
       the Earth as a physical system, the living environment, humans and their societies, and environment and society; 2) questioning and analysis skills; 3)
       environmental issues investigation skills; 4) decision and citizenship skills; and 5) personal and civic responsibility.
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                                       ILLINOIS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
                                           ILLINOIS LEARNING STANDARDS
                                      Finding Environmental Education in Your Descriptors



       SCIENCE             STATE GOAL 11: Understand the processes of scientific inquiry and technological design to
                           investigate questions, conduct experiments and solve problems.


 LEARNING        STAGE A    STAGE B      STAGE C   STAGE D   STAGE E   STAGE F   STAGE G     STAGE H   STAGE I   STAGE J
 STANDARD

A. Know and        1           1           1         1         1         1          1          1         1         1
apply the          2           2           2         2         2         2          2          2         2         2
concepts,          3           3           3         3         3         3          3          3         3         3
principles and
processes of       4           4           4         4         4         4          4          4         4         4
scientific         5           5           5         5         5         5          5          5         5         5
inquiry.
                   6           6                     6         6
                   7
B. Know and        1           1           1         1         1         1          1          1         1         1
apply the          2           2           2         2         2         2          2          2         2         2
concepts,          3           3           3         3         3         3          3          3         3         3
principles and
processes of       4           4           4         4         4         4          4          4         4         4
technological      5           5           5         5         5         5          5          5         5         5
design.
                                           6         6
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        SCIENCE             STATE GOAL 12: Understand the fundamental concepts, principles and interconnections of the
                            life, physical and earth/space sciences.


 LEARNING         STAGE A     STAGE B   STAGE C   STAGE D   STAGE E    STAGE F   STAGE G   STAGE H   STAGE I   STAGE j
 STANDARD

A. Know and         1           1         1          1         1         1         1         1         1         1
apply                                                2         2         2         2         2         2         2
concepts that                                        3         3         3         3         3         3         3
explain how
living things                                        4         4                   4         4         4         4
function, adapt                                      5                                                 5         5
and change.
B. Know and         1           1         1          1         1         1         1         1         1         1
apply               2           2         2          2         2         2         2         2         2         2
concepts that                                                                      3         3         3         3
describe how
living things                                                                      4         4                   4
interact with
each other and
with their
environment.
C. Know and         1           1         1          1         1         1         1         1         1         1
apply               2           2         2          2         2         2         2         2         2         2
concepts that                                                                      3         3         3         3
describe
properties of                                                                                4         4
matter and                                                                                             5
energy and the
interactions
between them.
D. Know and         1           1         1          1         1         1         1         1         1         1
apply               2           2         2          2         2         2         2         2         2         2
concepts that                                                                      3         3         3         3
describe force
and motion                                                                         4                   4         4
and the                                                                                                5
principles that
explain them.
E. Know and         1           1         1          1         1         1         1         1         1         1
apply               2           2         2          2         2         2         2         2         2         2
concepts that       3           3         3          3         3         3         3         3                   3
describe the                                                                                           3
features and                                                                                           4         4
processes of
the Earth and                                                                                          5
its resources.

F. Know and         1           1         1          1         1         1         1         1         1         1
apply               2           2         2          2         2         2         2         2         2         2
                                  4
concepts that     3   3   3   3
explain the
composition       4   4   4   4
and structure
of the universe
and Earth’s
place in it.
                                                                                                                            5

       SCIENCE                STATE GOAL 13: Understand the relationships among science, technology and society in
                              historical and contemporary contexts.


  LEARNING          STAGE A      STAGE B   STAGE C   STAGE D    STAGE E   STAGE F   STAGE G   STAGE H   STAGE I   STAGE J
  STANDARD

A. Know and           1            1          1         1         1         1         1         1         1          1
apply the             2            2          2         2         2         2         2         2         2          2
accepted                                                                    3         3         3
practices of
science.

B. Know and           1            1          1         1         1         1         1         1         1          1
apply concepts        2            2          2         2         2         2         2         2         2          2
that describe the     3            3          3         3         3         3         3         3         3          3
interaction
between               4                       4                                       4                   4          4
science,                                                                                                             5
technology and
society.
                                                                                                                          6

 SOCIAL SCIENCE              STATE GOAL 14: Understand political systems, with an emphasis on the United States.


    LEARNING           STAGE A    STAGE B   STAGE C   STAGE D    STAGE E   STAGE F   STAGE G   STAGE H    STAGE I   STAGE J
    STANDARD

A. Understand and        1          1         1          1         1         1          1         1         1         1
explain basic            2          2         2          2         2         2          2         2         2         2
principles of the        3          3         3          3         3         3          3         3         3         3
United States
government.              4          4         4          4         4         4          4         4         4         4
                                    5         5          5         5         5                    5         5         5
                                    6         6          6         6         6                              6         6
                                    7                              7                                        7         7
                                                                   8
                                                                   9
B. Understand the        1          1         1          1         1         1          1         1         1         1
structures and           2          2         2          2         2         2          2         2         2         2
functions of the         3          3         3          3         3         3          3         3         3         3
political systems of
Illinois, the United     4                    4          4         4         4          4         4         4         4
States and other         5                    5          5                              5         5         5         5
nations.
                                              6                                         6         6
                                              7
                                              8
                                              9
                                              10
C. Understand            1          1         1          1         1         1          1         1         1         1
election processes       2          2         2          2         2         2          2         2         2         2
and responsibilities     3          3         3          3         3         3          3         3         3         3
of citizens.
                         4          4         4          4         4         4                    4         4         4
                                              5                                                   5                   5
                                              6                                                   6                   6
                                              7                                                                       7
                                                                                                                      8
D. Understand the        1          1         1          1         1         1          1         1         1         1
roles and                2          2         2          2         2         2          2         2         2         2
influences of            3          3         3          3         3         3          3         3         3         3
individuals and
interest groups in                  4         4          4         4         4          4         4         4         4
the political                                                      5         5          5                   5         5
systems of Illinois,
the United States                                                                                                     6
and other nations.                                                                                                    7
                                                               7
E. Understand          1   1   1   1   1   1   1   1   1   1
United States          2   2   2   2   2   2   2   2   2   2
foreign policy as it       3       3   3   3   3   3   3   3
relates to other
nations and                            4           4   4   4
international                                      5       5
issues.
                                                           6
F. Understand the      1   1   1   1   1   1   1   1   1   1
development of         2   2   2   2   2   2   2   2   2   2
United States          3   3   3   3   3   3   3   3   3   3
political ideas and
traditions.            4   4   4       4           4   4   4
                       5   5   5       5               5   5
                       6       6                       6   6
                               7                       7   7
                                                       8
                                                                                                                            8

 SOCIAL SCIENCE              STATE GOAL 15: Understand economic systems, with an emphasis on the United States.


  LEARNING         STAGE A      STAGE B   STAGE C   STAGE D   STAGE E   STAGE F   STAGE G   STAGE H   STAGE I     STAGE J
  STANDARD

A. Understand        1             1         1         1         1        1         1         1         1            1
how different        2             2         2         2         2        2         2         2         2            2
economic             3             3         3         3         3        3         3         3         3            3
systems operate
in the exchange,     4             4         4         4         4        4         4         4         4            4
production,          5             5         5         5                                      5         5            5
distribution and
consumption of
                                   6                   6                                      6         6            6
goods and                                                                                               7            7
services.                                                                                               8            8
                                                                                                        9            9
                                                                                                                    10
B. Understand        1             1         1         1         1        1         1         1         1            1
that scarcity        2             2         2         2         2        2         2         2         2            2
necessitates         3             3         3                   3        3         3         3         3            3
choices by
consumers.                                                       4        4         4         4                      4
                                                                 5        5                   5                      5
                                                                          6
                                                                          7
C. Understand        1             1         1         1         1        1         1         1         1           1
that scarcity        2             2         2         2         2        2         2         2         2           2
necessitates                                 3         3         3        3         3         3         3           3
choices by
producers.                                             4         4        4         4                   4           4
                                                                          5                             5           5
                                                                          6                             6           6
                                                                                                        7           7
                                                                                                        8
                                                                                                        9
D. Understand        1             1         1         1         1        1         1         1         1           1
trade as an          2             2         2         2         2        2         2         2         2           2
exchange of          3             3         3         3         3        3         3         3         3           3
goods or
services.                                              4         4        4         4         4         4           4
                                                                 5                  5         5         5           5
                                                                 6                  6         6         6           6
                                                                                                        7           7
                                                                                                        8
                                                                                                        9
                                                          9
                                                 10
                                                 11
                                                 12
                                                 13
E. Understand    1   1   1   1   1   1   1   1    1   1
the impact of            2   2   2   2   2   2    2   2
government               3   3       3   3   3    3   3
policies and
decisions on                 4       4       4    4   4
production and                               5    5   5
consumption in
the economy.
                                                  6   6
                                                  7   7
                                                  8   8
                                                      9
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 SOCIAL SCIENCE               STATE GOAL 16: Understand events, trends, individuals and movements shaping the history of
                              Illinois, the United States and other nations.


  LEARNING          STAGE A     STAGE B    STAGE C   STAGE D   STAGE E    STAGE F   STAGE G   STAGE H   STAGE I   STAGE J
  STANDARD

A. Apply the          1            1         1         1          1         1         1         1         1         1
skills of             2            2         2         2          2         2         2         2         2         2
historical            3            3         3         3          3         3         3         3         3         3
analysis and
interpretation.       4            4         4         4          4         4         4         4         4         4
                                             5         5          5         5         5         5         5
                                             6         6          6         6                             6
                                                       7                    7
                                                                            8
B. Understand         1            1         1         1          1         1         1         1         1          1
the                   2            2         2         2          2         2         2         2         2          2
development of        3            3         3         3          3         3         3         3         3          3
significant
political events.     4            4         4         4          4         4         4         4         4          4
                      5            5         5         5          5         5         5         5         5          5
                                   6         6         6          6         6         6         6         6          6
                                                       7          7         7         7         7         7          7
                                                                            8         8                              8
                                                                                      9                              9
                                                                                      10                            10
                                                                                                                    11
C. Understand         1            1         1         1          1         1         1         1          1         1
the                   2            2         2         2          2         2         2         2          2         2
development of        3            3         3         3          3         3         3         3          3         3
economic
systems.              4            4         4         4          4         4         4         4          4         4
                                   5         5         5          5         5         5         5          5         5
                                             6         6          6         6         6         6          6         6
                                             7         7          7         7         7         7          7         7
                                                       8                    8         8         8          8         8
                                                                            9         9                    9         9
                                                                                                          10        10
                                                                                                                    11
                                                                                                                    12
D. Understand         1            1         1         1          1         1         1         1         1          1
Illinois, United      2            2         2         2          2         2         2         2         2          2
States and            3            3         3         3          3         3         3         3         3          3
                                                                  11
world social       4   4   4   4    4     4   4    4    4     4
history.
                   5   5   5   5    5     5   5    5    5     5
                       6   6   6    6     6   6    6    6     6
                           7        7     7   7    7    7     7
                                          8   8               8
                                          9   9               9
E. Understand      1   1   1   1     1    1   1    1     1    1
Illinois, United   2   2   2   2     2    2   2    2     2    2
States and         3   3   3   3     3    3   3    3     3    3
world
environmental          4   4   4     4    4   4    4     4    4
history.                   5   5     5    5   5    5     5    5
                           6   6     6    6   6    6     6    6
                           7   7     7    7   7    7     7    7
                           8   8     8    8   8    8     8    8
                               9     9    9   9    9     9    9
                               10   10   10   10   10   10   10
                               11   11   11   11   11        11
                               12   12             12        12
                               13   13             13
                               14   14
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 SOCIAL SCIENCE             STATE GOAL 17: Understand world geography and the effects of geography on society, with an
                            emphasis on the United States.


 LEARNING         STAGE A     STAGE B   STAGE C   STAGE D    STAGE E   STAGE F   STAGE G    STAGE H   STAGE I   STAGE J
 STANDARD

A. Locate,          1           1          1         1         1         1          1         1         1         1
describe and        2           2          2         2         2         2          2         2         2         2
explain places,     3           3          3         3         3         3          3         3         3         3
regions and
features on the     4           4          4         4         4         4          4         4         4         4
Earth.              5           5          5         5         5         5                    5                   5
                    6           6          6                   6         6
B. Analyze and      1           1          1         1         1         1          1         1         1         1
explain             2           2          2         2         2         2          2         2         2         2
characteristics     3           3          3         3         3         3          3         3         3         3
and
interactions of                            4         4         4         4          4         4         4         4
the Earth’s                                          5
physical
systems.
C. Understand       1           1          1         1         1         1          1         1         1         1
relationships       2           2          2         2         2         2          2         2         2         2
between             3           3          3         3         3         3          3         3         3         3
geographic
factors and                     4          4         4         4         4          4         4         4         4
society.                                             5                              5         5         5         5
                                                     6                              6                             6
D. Understand       1           1          1         1         1         1          1         1         1         1
the historical      2           2          2         2         2         2          2         2         2         2
significance of     3           3          3         3         3         3          3         3         3         3
geography.
                                           4                             4          4                   4
                                                                                                                       13

 SOCIAL SCIENCE              STATE GOAL 18: Understand social systems, with an emphasis on the United States.


 LEARNING          STAGE A     STAGE B   STAGE C   STAGE D    STAGE E   STAGE F   STAGE G   STAGE H    STAGE I   STAGE J
 STANDARD

A. Compare           1           1         1          1         1         1         1          1         1         1
characteristics      2           2         2          2         2         2         2          2         2         2
of culture as                    3         3          3         3         3         3          3         3         3
reflected in
language,                        4         4          4         4         4         4          4         4         4
literature, the                            5          5         5         5                    5         5         5
arts, traditions
and
                                                      6                   6                    6         6         6
institutions.                                         7                   7
B. Understand        1           1         1          1         1         1         1          1         1         1
the roles and        2           2         2          2         2         2         2          2         2         2
interactions of      3           3         3          3         3         3         3          3         3         3
individuals
and groups in                    4         4          4         4         4         4          4         4         4
society.                                              5                   5         5                    5         5
                                                                                    6                    6         6
                                                                                                         7
C. Understand        1           1         1          1         1         1         1          1         1         1
how social           2           2         2          2         2         2         2          2         2         2
systems form                               3          3         3         3         3          3         3         3
and develop
over time.                                 4          4                   4         4          4         4
                                                                                    5                    5