Engaging in Argument from Evidence

Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.*

Performance Expectation

Grade: 
Middle School (6-8)
Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.

Performance Expectation

Grade: 
Middle School (6-8)
Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively.

Performance Expectation

Grade: 
Middle School (6-8)
Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.

Performance Expectation

Grade: 
Middle School (6-8)
Construct, use, and present arguments to support the claim that when the kinetic energy of an object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object.

Performance Expectation

Grade: 
Middle School (6-8)
Construct and present arguments using evidence to support the claim that gravitational interactions are attractive and depend on the masses of interacting objects.

Performance Expectation

Grade: 
Middle School (6-8)
Support an argument that the apparent brightness of the sun and stars is due to their relative distances from the Earth.

Performance Expectation

Grade: 
3-5
5
Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water.

Performance Expectation

Grade: 
3-5
5
Support an argument that the gravitational force exerted by Earth on objects is directed down.

Performance Expectation

Grade: 
3-5
5
Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

Performance Expectation

Grade: 
3-5
4