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Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth's materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.

Performance Expectation

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Middle School (6-8)
Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth's surface at varying time and spatial scales.

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Middle School (6-8)
Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions.

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Middle School (6-8)
Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth's systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.

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Middle School (6-8)
Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions.

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Middle School (6-8)
Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates.

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Middle School (6-8)
Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth's mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes.

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Middle School (6-8)
Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.

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Middle School (6-8)
Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.*

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Middle School (6-8)
Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.

Performance Expectation

Grade: 
Middle School (6-8)