High School (SCI) Earth Space Science Standards
[ESS2] Earth's Systems
SCI-HS.ESS2.07 Construct an argument based on evidence about the simultaneous coevolution of Earth's systems and life on Earth.
Clarification Statement:Earth Science: Emphasis is on the dynamic causes, effects, and feedbacks between the biosphere and Earth’s
other systems, whereby geoscience factors control the evolution of life, which in turn continuously alters
Earth’s surface. Examples include how photosynthetic life altered the atmosphere through the production of
oxygen, which in turn increased weathering rates and allowed for the evolution of animal life; how microbial
life on land increased the formation of soil, which in turn allowed for the evolution of land plants; or how the
evolution of corals created reefs that altered patterns of erosion and deposition along coastlines and
provided habitats for the evolution of new life forms Disciplinary Core Ideas ESS2.D: Weather and Climate
-Gradual atmospheric changes were due to
plants and other organisms that captured
carbon dioxide and released oxygen.
-The many dynamic and delicate feedbacks
between the biosphere and other Earth
systems cause a continual coevolution of
Earth’s surface and the life that exists on it
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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