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  • G7 (Age 12) Human Response to Natural Hazards
    G7 (Age 12) Human Response to Natural Hazards
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    Students analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
  • G7 (Age 12) Tectonic Plates
    G7 (Age 12) Tectonic Plates
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    Students analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions.
  • G7 (Age 12) Ecosystems and the Food Web
    G7 (Age 12) Ecosystems and the Food Web
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    Students use the food web to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
  • G7 (Age 12) Food Undergoes Chemical Reactions That Release Energy And Support Growth
    G7 (Age 12) Food Undergoes Chemical Reactions That Release Energy And Support Growth
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    Students develop a model to describe how food is rearranged through chemical reactions forming new molecules that support growth and/or release energy as this matter moves through an organism.
  • K (Age 5) Weather Forecasting Can Help People Prepare for Severe Weather
    K (Age 5) Weather Forecasting Can Help People Prepare for Severe Weather
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    Explain how some kinds of weather are more likely than other kinds in a given region. Explain how scientists use observable patterns to forecast severe weather so that communities can prepare for and respond to these events.
  • G7 (Age 12) Synthetic Materials Come From Natural Resources
    G7 (Age 12) Synthetic Materials Come From Natural Resources
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    Students recognize that synthetic materials are derived from natural resources and impact society.
  • G7 (Age 12) The Distribution of Earth Resources Is Due to Geoscience Processes
    G7 (Age 12) The Distribution of Earth Resources Is Due to Geoscience Processes
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    Students 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.
  • G7 (Age12) Geoscience Processes Change the Earth's Surface
    G7 (Age12) Geoscience Processes Change the Earth's Surface
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    Students construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth's surface at varying time and spatial scales.
  • G7 (Age 12) Biodiversity Is a Measure of an Ecosystem's Health
    G7 (Age 12) Biodiversity Is a Measure of an Ecosystem's Health
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    Students evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
  • G7 (Age 12) Mass Is Conserved in a Chemical Reaction
    G7 (Age 12) Mass Is Conserved in a Chemical Reaction
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    Students develop and use a model to describe how the total number of atoms does not change in a chemical reaction and thus mass is conserved.
  • G7 (Age 12) Energy From the Earth's Interior and the Sun Drive Earth Processes
    G7 (Age 12) Energy From the Earth's Interior and the Sun Drive Earth Processes
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    Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth's materials and the flow of energy derived from the sun and Earth’s hot interior that drives this process.
  • G7 (Age 12) Changes to Ecosystems Affect Populations
    G7 (Age 12) Changes to Ecosystems Affect Populations
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    Students construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
  • G7 (Age 12) Patterns of Interactions in Ecosystems
    G7 (Age 12) Patterns of Interactions in Ecosystems
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    Students construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
  • G7 (Age 12) Resources Limit The Growth of Organisms in an Ecosystem
    G7 (Age 12) Resources Limit The Growth of Organisms in an Ecosystem
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    Students analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
  • G7 (Age 12) Photosynthesis Converts Energy From Light Into Chemical Energy
    G7 (Age 12) Photosynthesis Converts Energy From Light Into Chemical Energy
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    Students construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.
  • G7 (Age 12) Chemical Reactions Can Release or Store Energy
    G7 (Age 12) Chemical Reactions Can Release or Store Energy
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    Students undertake a design project to construct, test, and modify a device that either releases or absorbs thermal energy by chemical processes.
  • G7 (Age 12) Thermal Energy and States of Matter
    G7 (Age 12) Thermal Energy and States of Matter
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    Students develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.
  • G7 (Age 12) Chemical Reactions and Properties of Substances
    G7 (Age 12) Chemical Reactions and Properties of Substances
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    Students analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.
 

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