Standard: Earth and Space Sciences
Students demonstrate an understanding about how Earth systems and processes interact in the geosphere resulting in the habitability of Earth. This includes demonstrating an understanding of the composition of the universe, the solar system and Earth. In addition, it includes understanding the properties and the interconnected nature of Earth's systems, processes that shape Earth and Earth's history. Students also demonstrate an understanding of how the concepts and principles of energy, matter, motion and forces explain Earth systems, the solar system and the universe. Finally, they grasp an understanding of the historical perspectives, scientific approaches and emerging scientific issues associated with Earth and space sciences.
Benchmark A: [3-5]
Explain the characteristics, cycles and patterns involving Earth and its place in the solar system.
Benchmark B: [3-5]
Summarize the processes that shape the earth's surface and describe the evidence of those processes.
Benchmark C: [3-5]
Describe Earth's resources including rocks, soil, water, air, animals and plants and the ways in which they can be conserved.
Benchmark D: [3-5]
Analyze weather and changes that occur over a period of time.