High School (SCI) Earth Space Science Standards
[ESS1] Earth’s Place in the Universe
SCI-HS.ESS1.05 Evaluate evidence of the past and current movements of continental and oceanic crust and the theory of plate tectonics to explain the ages of crustal rocks.
Clarification Statement:Earth Science/Geology: Emphasis is on the ability of plate tectonics to explain the ages of
crustal rocks. Examples include evidence of the ages of oceanic crust increasing with
distance from mid-ocean ridges (a result of plate spreading) and the ages of North
American continental crust decreasing with distance away from a central ancient core of
the continental plate (a result of past plate interactions) Disciplinary Core Ideas ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth
-Continental rocks are generally much older than the rocks of
the ocean floor.
ESS2.B: Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions
-Plate tectonics is the unifying theory that explains the past and
current movements of the rocks at Earth’s surface and provides
a framework for understanding its geologic history.
PS1.C: Nuclear Processes
-Spontaneous radioactive decays follow a characteristic
exponential decay law. Nuclear lifetimes allow radiometric
dating to be used to determine the ages of rocks and other
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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