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ESS3: Earth and Human Activity

Core Idea
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
ESS3.A: Natural Resources
ESS3.B: Natural Hazards
ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
ESS3.D: Global Climate Change

Content aligned with middle school ESS3

Content aligned with high school ESS3

 

In middle school, students develop an understanding of the disciplinary core ideas in the earth and space science domain. The middle school performance expectations build on the elementary performance expectations, as well as on students’ understanding of life and physical science phenomena. In ESS3: Earth and Human Activity, performance expectations are designed for students to create an understanding of how natural resources, natural hazards, and human activities affect Earth’s systems. Students should demonstrate an understanding of the complex interconnections between humans and the environment.

 

In high school, students continue to develop and refine their understanding of the disciplinary core ideas in the earth and space science domain. The high school performance expectations are meant to expand on the middle school performance expectations. The high school performance expectations cover fundamental concepts of Earth and space science, while leaving room for more expanded and in-depth study in upper level high school courses. As in middle school, Earth and space sciences concepts are also important for understanding life and physical science phenomena. Performance expectations in high school ESS3: Earth and Human Activity call on students to understand the complex interdependencies of humans and the earth, including issues of sustainability and technology. Students should understand the impacts of humans on natural resources, the impacts of natural hazards on humans, and the impacts of human activity on Earth processes.

 

ESS3: Earth and Human Activity

Middle School

MS-ESS3-1 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth's mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the 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.

  • Physical > Coastal Interactions > Tsunamis

MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.

 

ESS3: Earth and Human Activity

High School

HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.

  • Physical > Coastal Interactions > Tsunamis

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Exploring Our Fluid Earth, a product of the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG), College of Education. University of Hawaii, 2011. This document may be freely reproduced and distributed for non-profit educational purposes.