Using these instructional tools will provide students with the necessary background to develop a model describing the cycling of Earth's materials. In addition the materials will assist as students construct an explanation that provides evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth's surface. The resources will provide students with opportunities to analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils, and natural resources.
The benefits of materials requested will provide students with multiple learning modalities for studying the rock cycle, identifying rocks and minerals, and analyzing geoscience processes. Through having a variety of hands-on activities and experiences students will learn to think like geologists. Students will have opportunities to enhance their understanding through digital lessons, educational games, and engaging colorful reading material.
MS-ESS2-1 Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.
MS-ESS2-2 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.
MS-ESS2-3 Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes and seafloor structures to provide evidence of past plate motions.
MS-ESS3-1 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth’s mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are a result of past and current geoscience processes.
MS-ESS3-2 Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects
MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.