Earth Science Outcomes

Earth/Environmental Science Outcomes

S. Morris - PASS

Outcome 1: Earth in the Universe

EEn.1.1 Students will be able to explain the Earth’s role as a body in space

P1: (EEn.1.1.1) I can explain the Earth’s motion through space, including precession, nutation, the barycenter, and its path about the galaxy.

P2: (EEn.1.1.2) I can explain how the Earth’s rotation and revolution about the Sun affect its shape and is related to seasons and tides.

P3: (EEn.1.1.3) I can explain how the sun produces energy which is transferred to the Earth by radiation.

P4: (EEn.1.1.4) I can explain how incoming solar energy makes life possible on Earth.

Outcome 2: Earth Systems, Structures, and Processes: The Lithosphere

EEn.2.1 Students will be able to explain how processes and forces affect the lithosphere.

P1: (EEn.2.1.1) I can explain how the rock cycle, plate tectonics, volcanoes, and earthquakes impact the lithosphere.

P2: (EEn.2.1.2) I can predict the locations of volcanoes, earthquakes, and faults based on information contained in a variety of maps.

P3: (EEn.2.1.3) I can explain how natural actions such as weathering, erosion (wind, water, and gravity), and soil formation affect Earth’s surface.

P4: (EEn.2.1.4) I can explain the probability of and preparation for geohazards such as landslides, avalanches, earthquakes, and volcanoes in a particular area based on available data.

Outcome 3: Earth Systems, Structures, and Processes: The Lithosphere

EEn.2.2 Students will be able to understand how human influences impact the lithosphere.

P1: (EEn.2.2.1) I can explain the consequences of human activities on the lithosphere (such as mining, deforestation, agriculture, overgrazing, urbanization, and land use) past and present.

P2: (EEn.2.2.2) I can compare the various methods humans use to acquire traditional energy sources (such as peat, coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear fission, and wood.)

Outcome 4: Earth Systems, Structures, and Processes: The Hydrosphere

EEn.2.3 Students will be able to explain the structure and processes with the hydrosphere.

P1: (EEn.2.3.1) I can explain how water is an energy agent (currents and heat transfer).

P2: (EEn.2.3.2) I can explain how ground water and surface water interact.

 

Outcome 5: Earth Systems, Structures, and Processes: The Hydrosphere

EEn.2.4 Student will be able to evaluate how humans use water.

P1: (EEn.2.4.1) I can evaluate human influences on freshwater availability.

P2: (EEn.2.4.2) I can evaluate human influences on water quality in North Carolina’s river basins, wetlands, and tidal environments.

Outcome 6: Earth Systems, Structures, and Processes: The Atmosphere

EEn.2.5 Student will be able to understand the structure and processes within our atmosphere.

P1: (EEn.2.5.1) I can summarize the structure and composition of our atmosphere.

P2: (EEn.2.5.2) I can explain the formation of typical air masses and the weather systems that result from air mass interactions.

P3: (EEn.2.5.3) I can explain how cyclonic storms form based on the interaction of air masses.

P4: (EEn.2.5.4) I can predict the weather using available weather maps and data (including surface, upper atmospheric winds, and satellite imagery)

P5: (EEn.2.5.5) I can explain how human activities affect air quality.

Outcome 7: Earth Systems, Structures, and Processes: The Atmosphere

EEn.2.6 Student will be able to analyze global climate change over time.

P1: (EEn.2.6.1) I can differentiate between weather and climate.

P2: (EEn.2.6.2) I can explain changes in global climate due to natural processes.

P3: (EEn.2.6.3) I can analyze the impacts that human activities have on global climate change (such as burning hydrocarbons, greenhouse effect, and deforestation).

P4: (EEn.2.6.4) I can attribute changes in Earth systems to global climate change (temperature change, changes in pH of ocean, sea level changes, etc.)

Outcome 8: Earth Systems, Structures, and Processes: The Biosphere

EEn.2.7 Student will be able to explain how the lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere individually and collectively affect the biosphere.

P1: (EEn.2.7.1) I can explain how abiotic and biotic factors interact to create the various biomes in North Carolina.

P2: (EEn.2.7.2) I can explain why biodiversity is important to the biosphere.

P3: (EEn.2.7.3) I can explain how human activities impact the biosphere.

 

Outcome 9: The Environment and Sustainability

EEn.2.8 Student will be able to evaluate human behaviors is terms of how likely they are to ensure the ability to live sustainably on Earth.

P1: (EEn.2.8.1) I can evaluate alternative energy technologies for use in North Carolina.

P2: (EEn.2.8.2) I can critique conventional and sustainable agriculture and aquaculture practices in terms of their environmental impacts.

P3: (EEn.2.8.3) I can explain the effects of uncontrolled population growth on the Earth’s resources.

P4: (EEn.2.8.4) I can evaluate the concept of “reduce, reuse, recycle” in terms of impact on natural resources.

 

revised 9/1/16 SAM