6th Grade Standards:
Earth Science Systems
- Students will understand that the solar system is comprised of various objects that orbit the Sun and are classified based on their characteristics.
- Students will understand that the relative positions and motions of the Earth, Moon, and Sun can be used to explain observable effects such as seasons, eclipses, and Moon phases.
- Students will understand that water on Earth is distributed and circulated through oceans, glaciers, rivers, ground water, and the atmosphere.
- Students will understand that weather is a result of complex interactions of Earth's atmosphere, land, and water that are driven by energy from the Sun, and can be predicted and described though complex models.
- Students will understand that Earth has a variety of climates defined by average temperature, precipitation, humidity, air pressure, and wind that have changed over time in a particular location.
- Students will understand that complex interrelationships exist between Earth's structure and natural processes that, over time, are both constructive and destructive.
- Students will understand that major geologic events such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, mid-ocean ridges, and mountain formations are associated with plate boundaries and are attributed to plate motions.
- Students will understand that geologic time, history, and changing life forms are indicated by fossils and successive sedimentation, folding, faulting, and uplifting of layers of sedimentary rock.
- Students will understand that human activities can deliberately or inadvertently alter ecosystems and their resiliency.
- Students will understand that Earth's natural resources provide the foundation for human society's physical needs. Many natural resources are nonrenewable on human timescales, while other can be renewed or recycled.
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