High School (SCI) Earth Space Science Standards
[ESS2] Earth's Systems
SCI-HS.ESS2.01 Develop a model to illustrate how Earth’s internal and surface processes operate at different spatial and temporal scales to form continental and ocean-floor features.
Clarification Statement: Earth Science: Emphasis is on how the appearance of land features (such as mountains, valleys, and
plateaus) and sea-floor features (such as trenches, ridges, and seamounts) are a result of both
constructive forces (such as volcanism, tectonic uplift, and orogeny) and destructive mechanisms
(such as weathering, mass wasting, and coastal erosion). Disciplinary Core Ideas ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems
-Earth’s systems, being dynamic and interacting, cause
feedback effects that can increase or decrease the
ESS2.B: Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System
-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. Plate movements are responsible for
most continental and ocean-floor features and for the
distribution of most rocks and minerals within Earth’s
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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