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AL.1.Earth and Space Science - Students will:
Earth and Space Science - Students will:
1.1. Identify global patterns of atmospheric movement, including El Nino, the Gulf Stream, the jet stream, the Coriolis effect, and global winds that influence local weather. 1.1.a. Predicting local weather and weather patterns. Examples: cold and warm fronts, high and low pressure areas
1.1.b. Describing the function of instruments and technology used to investigate Earth's weather, including barometers, thermometers, wind socks, weather vanes, satellites, radar, weather balloons, and rain gauges
1.1.c. Using lines of latitude and longitude to locate areas of specific weather events
1.1.d. Interpreting weather data through observations collected over time. Example: calculating annual precipitation and average temperature
1.10. Describe components of the universe and their relationships to each other, including stars, planets and their moons, solar systems, and galaxies. 1.10.a. Identifying the impact of space exploration on innovations in technology. Examples: MRI, microwave, satellite imagery, GPS
1.11. Describe units used to measure distance in space, including astronomical units and light years.
1.2. Describe factors that cause changes to Earth's surface over time. Examples: earthquakes, volcanoes, weathering, erosion, glacial erosion or scouring, deposition, water flow, tornadoes, hurricanes, farming and conservation, mining and reclamation, deforestation and reforestation, waste disposal, global climate changes, greenhouse gases 1.2.a. Comparing constructive and destructive natural processes and their effects on land formations. Examples: constructive - volcanic and mountain-building processes; destructive - erosion by wind, water, and ice Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Rocks Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game Rocks
1.2.b. Distinguishing rock strata by geologic composition. Examples: predicting relative age of strata by fossil depth, predicting occurrence of natural events by rock composition in a particular strata Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game Fossils Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Fossils
1.3. Describe water and carbon biogeochemical cycles and their effects on Earth.
1.4. Explain the plate tectonic theory. Example: using terminology such as continental drift, seafloor spreading, lava, magma, eruption, epicenter, focus, seismic wave, and subduction zone 1.4.a. Describing types of volcanoes and faults Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Volcanoes
1.4.b. Determining energy release through seismographic data. Example: using data from the Mercalli scale and the Richter scale Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Earthquakes
1.5. Describe layers of the oceanic hydrosphere, including the pelagic zone, benthic zone, abyssal zone, and intertidal zone.
1.6. Describe regions of the oceanic lithosphere, including the continental shelf, continental slope, and abyssal plain.
1.7. Describe Earth's biomes. Examples: aquatic biomes, grasslands, deserts, chaparrals, taigas, tundras 1.7.a. Identifying geographic factors that cause diversity in flora and fauna, including elevation, location, and climate Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game Climate Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Climate
1.8. Describe how Earth's rotation, Earth's axial tilt, and distance from the equator cause variations in the heating and cooling of various locations on Earth.
1.9. Identify the moon's phases. 1.9.a. Describing lunar and solar eclipses
1.9.b. Relating effects of the moon's positions on oceanic tides
AL.CC.RST.6-8.Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects
Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects
Craft and Structure RST.6-8.4. Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas RST.6-8.7. Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
RST.6-8.9. Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.
AL.CC.WHST.6-8.Writing Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects
Writing Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects
Text Types and Purposes WHST.6-8.2. Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes. WHST.6-8.2(a) Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories as appropriate to achieving purpose; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
WHST.6-8.2(f) Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.
Research to Build and Present Knowledge WHST.6-8.7. Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
Production and Distribution of Writing WHST.6-8.4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.