III.A.1: The student will identify Earth's composition, structure and processes.
III.A.1.1: The student will explain how earthquakes, volcanoes, sea-floor spreading and mountain building are evidence of the movement of crustal plates.
III.A.1.2: The student will describe how features on the Earth’s surface are created and constantly changing through a combination of slow and rapid processes of weathering, erosion, sediment deposition, landslides, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.
III.A.1.3: The student will describe the various processes and interactions of the rock cycle.
III.A.1.4: The student will interpret successive layers of sedimentary rocks and their fossils to document the age and history of the Earth.
III.A.1.6: The student will classify and identify rocks and minerals using characteristics including but not limited to density, hardness and streak.
III.B.1: The student will investigate how the atmosphere interacts with the Earth system.
III.B.1.1: The student will define radiation, conduction and convection and explain their effects on weather and climate.
III.B.1.3: The student will describe the effect of Earth’s rotation on the winds and ocean currents.
III.C.1: The student will compare objects in the solar system and explain their interactions with the Earth.
III.C.1.1: The student will recognize that the sun is the principal energy source for the solar system and that this energy is transferred in the form of radiation.
III.C.1.2: The student will explain how the combination of the Earth's tilted axis and revolution around the sun causes the progression of seasons and weather patterns.
III.C.1.3: The student will compare and contrast the planets, taking into account their composition, mass and distance from the sun and recognize the conditions that have allowed life to flourish on Earth.
III.C.1.4: The student will use the predictability of the motions of the Earth, and sun to explain the length of day, length of year, phases of the moon, eclipses, tides and shadows.
III.C.2: The student will describe the composition and structure of the universe.
III.C.2.2: The student will recognize that the sun is a medium-sized star and is the closest star to Earth. It is the central and largest body in the solar system and is one of billions of stars in the Milky Way Galaxy.
Correlation last revised: 1/20/2017