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9th Science (Semester Course with Mrs. Watterson)

HS-ESS1: Earth's Place in the Universe

    HS-ESS1-5.  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.

    HS-ESS1-6.  Apply scientific reasoning and evidence from the ancient Earth materials, meteorites, and other planetary surfaces to construct an account of Earth's formation and early history.

HS-ESS2: Earth's Systems

    HS-ESS2-1.  Develop a model to illustrate how Earth's internal and surface processes operate at different spacial and temporal scales to form continental and ocean-floor features.

    HS-ESS2-2.  Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth's surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.

    HS-ESS2-3.  Develop a model based on evidence of Earth's interior to describe the cycling of matter by thermal convection.

    HS-ESS2-4.  Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth's systems result in changes in climate.

    HS-ESS2-5.  Plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and surface processes.

    HS-ESS2-7.  Construct an argument based on evidence about the simultaneous coevolution of Earth's systems and life on Earth.

HS-ESS3: Earth and Human Activity

    HS-ESS3-1.  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.

    HS-ESS3-2.  Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.

    HS-ESS3-3.  Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity.

    HS-ESS3-4.  Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.

    HS-ESS3-5.  Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.

    HS-ESS3-6.  Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.