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.
    Evaporites video, learnalong
    What is a Mineral? video, free
    Identifying Minerals video, learnalong
    Definition of a Mineral video, free
    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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