STANDARD 4: EARTH and SPACE SCIENCE Grades 5-7
EARTH and SPACE SCIENCE – The student will apply process skills to explore and develop an understanding of the structure of the earth system, earth’s history, and earth in the solar system.
▲ = High School Assessed Indicator
Benchmark 1: The student will understand that the structure of the earth system is continuously changing due to earth's physical and chemical processes.
1. ▲ identifies properties of the solid earth, the oceans and fresh water, and the atmosphere.
2. ▲ models earth’s cycles, constructive and destructive processes, and weather systems.
1 a. classifies rocks, minerals, and soil by properties.
b. creates a concept map of earth materials using links to show connections, such as water causing erosion of solid rock, wind evaporating water, etc…
c. investigates water's major role in changing the solid surface of earth, such as the effect of oceans on climates and water as an erosion force.
2 a. creates rock cycle and water cycle dioramas.
b. illustrates global ocean and wind currents.
c. constructs models of rock types using food. Peanut brittle without the peanuts can illustrate a molten material crystallizing to form a solid substance similar to an igneous rock.
d. observes the effects of mechanical and chemical weathering on various rock types.
a. investigates local examples of weathering, erosion, and deposition.