Outcome Chart - British Columbia - Science 9

This outcome chart contains media-related learning outcomes from the British Columbia, Grade 9 Science curriculum, with links to supporting resources on the MediaSmarts site.

Curricular Competencies

Students are expected to be able to do the following:

Questioning and predicting

  • Demonstrate a sustained intellectual curiosity about a scientific topic or problem of personal interest
  • Make observations aimed at identifying their own questions, including increasingly complex ones, about the natural world

Planning and conducting

  • Collaboratively and individually plan, select, and use appropriate investigation methods, including field work and lab experiments, to collect reliable data (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Select and use appropriate equipment, including digital technologies, to systematically and accurately collect and record data

Processing and analyzing data and information

  • Experience and interpret the local environment
  • Seek and analyze patterns, trends, and connections in data, including describing relationships between variables (dependent and independent) and identifying inconsistencies
  • Construct, analyze and interpret graphs (including interpolation and extrapolation), models
  • and/or diagrams
  • Use knowledge of scientific concepts to draw conclusions that are consistent with evidence
  • Analyze cause-and-effect relationships


  • Evaluate their methods and experimental conditions, including identifying sources of error or uncertainty, confounding variables, and possible alternative explanations and conclusions
  • Describe specific ways to improve their investigation methods and the quality of the data
  • Evaluate the validity and limitations of a model or analogy in relation to the phenomenon modelled
  • Demonstrate an awareness of assumptions, question information given, and identify bias in their own work and secondary sources
  • Consider the changes in knowledge over time as tools and technologies have developed
  • Connect scientific explorations to careers in science
  • Exercise a healthy, informed skepticism, and use scientific knowledge and findings to form their own investigations and to evaluate claims in secondary sources
  • Consider social, ethical, and environmental implications of the findings from their own and others’ investigations
  • Critically analyze the validity of information in secondary sources and evaluate the approaches used to solve problems

Applying and innovating

  • Contribute to care for self, others, community and world through personal or collaborative approaches
  • Generate and introduce new or refined ideas when problem solving


  • Communicate scientific ideas, claims, information, and perhaps a suggested course of action, for a specific purpose and audience, constructing evidence-based arguments and using appropriate scientific language, conventions, and representations

MediaSmarts Resources


Students are expected to know the following:

  • sexual reproduction:
    • human sexual reproduction

MediaSmarts Resources