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High 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 9-10

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

  • Explain how external and internal energy sources drive Earth processes (e.g., solar energy drives weather patterns; internal heat drives plate tectonics).
  • Describe how rock sequences and fossil remains are used to interpret the age and changes in the Earth.

Learning Objectives Grades 11-12

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

  • Analyze the processes involved in naturally occurring short-term and long-term Earth events (e.g., floods, ice ages, temperature, sea-level fluctuations).

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