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Content Area: Science
Grade Level Expectations: High School
Standard: 3. Earth Systems Science

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Concepts and skills students master:

5. There are costs, benefits, and consequences of exploration, development, and consumption of renewable and nonrenewable resources

Evidence Outcomes 21st Century Skill and Readiness Competencies

Students Can:

  1. Develop, communicate, and justify an evidence-based scientific explanation regarding the costs and benefits of exploration, development, and consumption of renewable and nonrenewable resources (DOK 1-3)
  2. Evaluate positive and negative impacts on the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere in regards to resource use (DOK 2-3)
  3. Create a plan to reduce environmental impacts due to resource consumption (DOK 2-4)
  4. Analyze and interpret data about the effect of resource consumption and development on resource reserves to draw conclusions about sustainable use (DOK 1-3)

Inquiry Questions:

  1. How do humans use resources?
  2. How can humans reduce the impact of resource use?
  3. How are resources used in our community?
  4. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using different types of energy?

Relevance & Application:

  1. Technologies have had a variety of impacts on how resources are located, extracted, and consumed.
  2. Technology development has reduced the pollution, waste, and ecosystem degradation caused by extraction and use.

Nature Of:

  1. Infer assumptions behind emotional, political, and data-driven conclusions about renewable and nonrenewable resource use. (DOK 2-3)
  2. Critically evaluate scientific claims in popular media and by peers, and determine if evidence presented is appropriate and sufficient to support the claims. (DOK 2-3)

Content Area: Science
Grade Level Expectations: Sixth Grade
Standard: 3. Earth Systems Science

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Concepts and skills students master:

2. Water on Earth is distributed and circulated through oceans, glaciers, rivers, ground water, and the atmosphere

Evidence Outcomes 21st Century Skill and Readiness Competencies

Students Can:

  1. Gather and analyze data from a variety of print resources and investigations to account for local and world-wide water circulation and distribution patterns (DOK 1-3)
  2. Use evidence to model how water is transferred throughout the earth (DOK 1-3)
  3. Identify problems, and propose solutions related to water quality, circulation, and distribution - both locally and worldwide (DOK 1-4)
  4. Identify the various causes and effects of water pollution in local and world water distributions (DOK 1-2)
  5. Describe where water goes after it is used in houses or buildings (DOK 1-2)

Inquiry Questions:

  1. How is water cycled on Earth?
  2. How does the lack or abundance of water impact human civilizations and populations?
  3. How do your daily decisions impact the quality of water in the water cycle?

Relevance & Application:

  1. Home water quality and consumption affects for health and conservation policies.
  2. Water systems affect local, regional, and world population development.
  3. Water-use irrigation patterns in Colorado affect economic development in the state.

Nature Of:

  1. Ask testable questions and make falsifiable hypotheses research about water distribution. (DOK 2)
  2. Create and evaluate models; identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the model in representing water circulation and distribution. (DOK 2-3)

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Concepts and skills students master:

3. Earth's natural resources provide the foundation for human society's physical needs. Many natural resources are nonrenewable on human timescales, while others can be renewed or recycled

Evidence Outcomes 21st Century Skill and Readiness Competencies

Students Can:

  1. Research and evaluate data and information to learn about the types and availability of various natural resources, and use this knowledge to make evidence-based decisions (DOK 2-3)
  2. Identify and evaluate types and availability of renewable and nonrenewable resources (DOK 1-2)
  3. Use direct and indirect evidence to determine the types of resources and their applications used in communities (DOK 1-2)
  4. Research and critically evaluate data and information about the advantages and disadvantages of using fossil fuels and alternative energy sources (DOK 2-3)

Inquiry Questions:

  1. What resources are found and used in our community?
  2. How can natural resources be identified and classified?
  3. How can we make responsible choices about the resources we use on a daily basis?

Relevance & Application:

  1. Natural resources come from a variety of locations and have to be mined or harvested, depending on the type.
  2. A resource can be used in a variety of ways, depending on the product being made. For example plastics, textiles, medications, and fertilizers are produced from petroleum.
  3. Resources in Colorado directly affect the state economy and society by providing employment and sources of revenue.

Nature Of:

  1. Recognize and describe the ethical traditions of science: value peer review; truthful reporting of methods and outcomes; making work public; and sharing a lens of professional skepticism when reviewing the work of others. (DOK 1)

Content Area: Science
Grade Level Expectations: Fifth Grade
Standard: 3. Earth Systems Science

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Concepts and skills students master:

1. Earth and Sun provide a diversity of renewable and nonrenewable resources

Evidence Outcomes 21st Century Skill and Readiness Competencies

Students Can:

  1. Develop and communicate a scientific explanation addressing a question of local relevance about resources generated by the sun or Earth (DOK 1-3)
  2. Analyze and interpret a variety of data to understand the origin, utilization, and concerns associated with natural resources (DOK 1-3)

Inquiry Questions:

  1. How can the Sun be used as an energy source?
  2. How can wind be used as an energy source?
  3. What types of energy sources exist on Earth?

Relevance & Application:

  1. Mining operations provide nonrenewable resources.
  2. Resources are not distributed evenly and require transportation systems to move them to where they are needed.
  3. Towns and laws are often built around resource extraction.

Nature Of:

  1. Review and analyze scientific explanations about natural resources presented by their peers, and provide feedback to push their peers to be scientifically accurate and base their claims on adequate and reasonable scientific evidence, not opinion. (DOK 2-3)
  2. Earth and Sun provide a variety of renewable and nonrenewable resources. (DOK 1)

Content Area: Science
Grade Level Expectations: First Grade
Standard: 3. Earth Systems Science

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Concepts and skills students master:

1. Earth's materials can be compared and classified based on their properties

Evidence Outcomes 21st Century Skill and Readiness Competencies

Students Can:

  1. Identify and represent similarities and differences such as the texture, size, color, and shape of various materials on Earth (DOK 1-2)
  2. Sort, group, and classify Earth's materials based on observations and explorations (DOK 1-2)
  3. Make predictions about how a material on Earth might be useful based on its properties (DOK 1-3)
  4. Communicate ideas about the differences between soils from different places (DOK 1-2)
  5. Use a variety of tools to observe, analyze, record, and compare Earth's materials (DOK 1-2)
  6. Analyze the impact of reducing, reusing, and recycling various materials (DOK 1-3)

Inquiry Questions:

  1. How are various materials on Earth similar and different?
  2. How do the properties of various materials on Earth affect the way we can use them?
  3. How does soil differ from different places?

Relevance & Application:

  1. Humans use natural resources in our daily lives and in a variety of ways. For example, wood for building and furniture.
  2. There are limits on resources and materials extracted from the natural environment.

Nature Of:

  1. The same materials can be sorted in a number of ways based on different characteristics. (DOK 1-2)
  2. Scientists make predictions based on what they know. (DOK 1)

Content Area: Science
Grade Level Expectations: Preschool
Standard: 3. Earth Systems Science

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Concepts and skills students master:

1. Earth's materials have properties and characteristics that affect how we use those materials

Evidence Outcomes 21st Century Skill and Readiness Competencies

Students Can:

  1. Use senses to gather information about Earth's materials (DOK 1-2)
  2. Make simple observations, explanations, and generalizations about Earth's materials based on real-life experiences (DOK 1-2)
  3. Describe how various materials might be used based on characteristics or properties (DOK 1-2)

Inquiry Questions:

  1. What are the similarities and differences among various earth materials?
  2. How do scientists study and describe Earth's materials?

Relevance & Application:

  1. Use scientific tools in investigations, and play with materials such as rocks, soil, sand, and water.

Nature Of:

  1. Ask testable question based on discoveries made while playing. (DOK 2)
  2. Collect, describe, and record information through discussions, drawings, and charts. (DOK 1-2)