8th Grade (SCI) Earth Space Science Standards [ESS3] Earth and Human Activity
SCI-MS.ESS3.03 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and
minimizing a human impact on the environment.
Clarification Statement: Examples of the design process include examining human environmental impacts, assessing the kinds of
solutions that are feasible, and designing and evaluating solutions that could reduce that impact.
Examples of human impacts can include water usage (such as the withdrawal of water from streams
and aquifers or the construction of dams and levees), land usage (such as urban development,
agriculture, or the removal of wetlands), and pollution (such as of the air, water, or land). Disciplinary Core Ideas ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
Human activities have significantly altered the
biosphere, sometimes damaging or destroying
natural habitats and causing the extinction of
other species. But changes to Earth’s
environments can have different impacts
(negative and positive) for different living things.
Typically, as human populations and per-capita
consumption of natural resources increase, so do
the negative impacts on Earth unless the
activities and technologies involved are
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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