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Elementary School | Science | Geology

Know and apply concepts that describe the features and processes of the Earth and its resources. This goal is comprised of key concepts and principles in the life, physical and earth/space sciences that have considerable explanatory and predictive power for scientists and non-scientists alike. These ideas have been thoroughly studied and have stood the test of time. Knowing and being able to apply these concepts, principles and processes help students understand what they observe in nature and through scientific experimentation. A working knowledge of these concepts and principles allows students to relate new subject matter to material previously learned and to create deeper and more meaningful levels of understanding.

Learning Objectives Grades K-2

Know and apply concepts that describe the features and processes of the Earth and its resources:

  • Identify components and describe diverse features of the Earth’s land, water and atmospheric systems.
  • Identify and describe patterns of weather and seasonal change.
  • Identify renewable and nonrenewable natural resources.

Learning Objectives Grades 3-5

Know and apply concepts that describe the features and processes of the Earth and its resources:

  • Identify and explain natural cycles of the Earth’s land, water and atmospheric systems (e.g., rock cycle, water cycle, weather patterns).
  • Describe and explain short-term and long-term interactions of the Earth’s components (e.g., earthquakes, types of erosion).
  • Identify and classify recyclable materials.

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