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NGSS: MS-ESS2-2 Geoscience Processes that Change the Earth's Surface

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With these NGSS lesson plans, students will review weathering, erosion, and deposition. They will also learn about how other geoscience processes change the Earth's surface over varying time and spatial scales. This resource has eight lessons. Included are a standards poster, photos and posters for stimulating discussion, four reading passages, three investigations, links to videos, and essential vocabulary cards.

Review Lesson: Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition

Lesson 1: Geoscience Processes - Phenomenon

Lesson 2: Continental Drift

Lesson 3: What Are Geoscience Processes? Modeling with a Stream Table

Lesson 4: Meteor Impacts

Lesson 5: Glaciers

Lesson 6: Underground Landforms: Caves and Sinkholes

Lesson 7: What Geoscience Processes Helped to Create These Rock Formations?

Lesson 8: Making a Claim: Show What You Know About Geoscience Processes that

Changed the Surface of the Earth

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NGSSMS-ESS2-2
Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales. Emphasis is on how processes change Earth’s surface at time and spatial scales that can be large (such as slow plate motions or the uplift of large mountain ranges) or small (such as rapid landslides or microscopic geochemical reactions), and how many geoscience processes (such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and meteor impacts) usually behave gradually but are punctuated by catastrophic events. Examples of geoscience processes include surface weathering and deposition by the movements of water, ice, and wind. Emphasis is on geoscience processes that shape local geographic features, where appropriate.
By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Distinguish among facts, reasoned judgment based on research findings, and speculation in a text.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6–8 texts and topics.
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

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