8th Grade (SCI) Earth Space Science Standards [ESS3] Earth and Human Activity
SCI-MS.ESS3.05 Investigate factors that have caused changes in global temperatures over
Clarification Statement: Examples of factors include natural processes (such as changes in incoming solar radiation or volcanic
activity) and human activities (such as fossil fuel combustion, cement production, and agricultural activity).
Examples of evidence can include tables, graphs, and maps of global and regional temperatures,
atmospheric levels of gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, and the rates of human activities. Disciplinary Core Ideas ESS3.D: Global Climate Change
Human activities, such as the release of
greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels,
are major factors in the current rise in Earth’s
mean surface temperature (global warming).
Reducing the level of climate change and
reducing human vulnerability to whatever
climate changes do occur depend on the
understanding of climate science, engineering
capabilities, and other kinds of knowledge,
such as understanding of human behavior and
on applying that knowledge wisely in decisions
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).
can describe factors that may contribute to the rise in global temperatures.