SCI-04.ESS1.01

Earth Space Science Logo4th Grade (SCI) Science Standards
[ESS1] Earth's Place in the Universe

SCI-04.ESS1.01 Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.

Clarification Statement: Examples of evidence from patterns could include rock layers with marine shell fossils above rock layers with plant fossils and no shells, indicating a change from land to water over time; and, a canyon with different rock layers in the walls and a river in the bottom, indicating that over time a river cut through the rock.
Disciplinary Core Ideas
Local, regional, and global patterns of rock formations reveal changes over time due to earth forces, such as earthquakes. The presence and location of certain fossil types indicate the order in which rock layers were formed.


Student Learning Targets:

Knowledge Targets

  • I can

Reasoning Targets

  • I can find evidence that “patterns of rock formations reveal changes over time due to earth forces, such as earthquakes.” 
  • I can find evidence of “certain fossil types that indicate the order in which rock layers were formed.”

Skills (Performance) Targets

  • I can

Product Targets

  • I can

Proficiency Scale

The Student ...
1 Beginning
... with help, demonstrates a partial understanding of some of the simpler details and processes (Score 2.0 content) and some of the more complex ideas and processes (Score 3.0 content).
  • identify patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers, but cannot support an explanation.
2 Developing
... demonstrates no major errors or omissions regarding the simpler details and processes but exhibits major errors or omissions regarding the more complex ideas and processes (Score 3.0 content).
  • identify patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers, and can create a hypothesis (an educated guess) about how landscape changes over time
3 Proficient
“The Standard.”
... demonstrates no major errors or omissions regarding any of the information and processes that were end of instruction expectations.
  • identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers for changes in a landscape over time to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.
4 Advanced
... demonstrates in-depth inferences and applications regarding more complex material that go beyond end of instruction expectations.
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