High School (SCI) Earth Space Science Standards
[ESS3] Earth and Human Activity
SCI-HS.ESS3.01 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
Clarification Statement:Earth Science/Environmental Science: Examples of key natural resources include access to fresh water (such as
rivers, lakes, and groundwater), regions of fertile soils such as river deltas, and high concentrations of minerals and
fossil fuels. Examples of natural hazards can be from interior processes (such as volcanic eruptions and
earthquakes), surface processes (such as tsunamis, mass wasting and soil erosion), and severe weather (such as
hurricanes, floods, and droughts). Examples of the results of changes in climate that can affect populations or drive
mass migrations include changes to sea level, regional patterns of temperature and precipitation, and the types of
crops and livestock that can be raised. Disciplinary Core Ideas ESS3.A: Natural Resources
-Resource availability has guided the
development of human society.
ESS3.B: Natural Hazards
-Natural hazards and other geologic
events have shaped the course of
human history; [they] have significantly
altered the sizes of human populations
and have driven human migrations
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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