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Science

Earth Science

Power Standards
  • Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly. (2-ESS1-1) Examples of events and timescales could include volcanic explosions and earthquakes, which happen quickly, and erosion of rocks, which occurs slowly. 
  • Compare multiple solutions designed to slow or prevent wind or water from changing the shape of the land. (2-ESS2-1) Examples of solutions could include different designs of dikes and windbreaks to hold back wind and water and different designs for using shrubs, grass, and trees to hold back land. 
  • Develop a model to represent the shapes and kinds of land and bodies of water in an area. (2-ESS2-2) Examples could include drawings, dioramas, dramatizations, storyboards etc.

Critical Content

Content and Skills (Disciplinary Core Ideas)

*Power Standard Content

ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth

  • * Some events happen very quickly; others occur very slowly over a time period much longer than one can observe. (2-ESS1-1)

ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems

  • *Wind and water can change the shape of the land. (2-ESS2-1)

ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes

  • Water is found in the oceans, rivers, lakes, and ponds. Water exists as solid ice and in liquid form. (2-ESS2-3)

Critical Language (Science & Engineering Practices)

Language Usage

  • A student in second grade can make observations and compare information from several sources. (2-ESS1-1)
  • A student in second grade can explain and compare multiple solutions to a problem. (2-ESS2-1)
  • A student in second grade can develop a model to represent patterns in the natural world. (2-ESS1-2)

 

Content-Specific Vocabulary

  • Volcanic eruption
  • Earthquake
  • Vibration
  • Erosion
  • Landslide
  • Weathering
  • Minerals
  • Soil
  • Sand
  • Rock characteristics
  • Wind
  • Landforms
  • Bodies of water

 

Process-Specific Vocabulary

  • Make observations
  • Collect/record data
  • Interpret data
  • Create a model

 

Concept-Based Connections

Essential Understandings

  • Changes in the Earth’s surface can occur quickly or very slowly over time. (2-ESS1-1)
  • Multiple solutions can be developed to affect the rate at which the Earth’s surfaces change. (2-ESS1-1)
  • There are a variety of landforms on the Earth’s surface that can be observed in the natural world. (2-ESS2-2)
  • There are a variety of bodies of water on the Earth’s surface that can be observed in the natural world. (2-ESS2-2)

 

Factual Guiding Questions

  • What are some natural events that can change the Earth’s surface? (2-ESS1-1)
  • At what pace can changes occur on the Earth’s surface? (2-ESS1-1)
  • What kind of events make fast changes to the Earth’s surface? (2-ESS1-1)
  • What kind of events make slow changes to the Earth’s surface? (2-ESS1-1)
  • What kind of weather can change the Earth’s surface? (2-ESS1-1)
  • How many solutions are there to problems? (2-ESS2-1)

 

Conceptual Guiding Questions

  • What types of bodies of water can be found on Earth? (2-ESS2-2)
  • What types of landforms can be found on Earth? (2-ESS2-2)
  • How does weather affect land? (2-ESS1-1)
  • How does water affect land? (2-ESS1-1)
  • Why are solutions important? (2-ESS2-1)

 

Engaging/Debatable Questions

  • What are some events that occur that help the Earth?
  • What are some events that are most harmful to the Earth?
  • How can people affect the changes that occur naturally on Earth?