Next Generation Science Standards, Middle School Earth and Space Science

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MS-ESS1 Earth’s Place in the Universe


MS-ESS2 Earth’s Systems


MS-ESS3 Earth and Human Activity


  • 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.
    Definition of a Mineral video, free
    Evaporites video, learnalong
    What is a Mineral? video, free
    Identifying Minerals video, learnalong
    Review Energy-1 practice

  • 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.
    Review Weather-5 practice

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

  • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
    Recycle video

  • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.

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