8th Grade (SCI) Earth Space Science Standards [ESS3] Earth and Human Activity
SCI-MS.ESS3.01 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.
Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on how these resources are limited and typically non-renewable, and how their distributions
are significantly changing as a result of removal by humans. Examples of uneven distributions of resources
as a result of past processes include but are not limited to petroleum (locations of the burial of organic
marine sediments and subsequent geologic traps), metal ores (locations of past volcanic and hydrothermal
activity associated with subduction zones), and soil (locations of active weathering and/or deposition of
rock). Disciplinary Core Ideas ESS3.A: Natural Resources
Humans depend on Earth’s land, ocean,
atmosphere, and biosphere for many different
resources. Minerals, fresh water, and
biosphere resources are limited, and many are
not renewable or replaceable over human
lifetimes. These resources are distributed
unevenly around the planet as a result of past
Student Learning Targets:
Skills (Performance) Targets
The Student can ...
... with help, demonstrate 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).
... demonstrate 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).
“The Standard.” ... demonstrate no major errors or omissions regarding any of the information and processes that were end of instruction expectations.
... demonstrate in-depth inferences and applications regarding more complex material that go beyond end of instruction expectations.
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