Semester 1 – 

1.     I can select and appropriately use lab equipment, maps, and mathematical tools. 

2.     I can describe the structure and composition of Earth’s atmosphere.

3.     I can describe the relationship between air pressure and wind

4.     I can explain how energy transfer drives the process of convection

5.     I can explain how energy transfer by radiation heats the Earth. 

6.     I can explain how heat transfers by conduction

7.     I can describe what happens to water in the air

8.     I can construct a model of the water cycle to show how water moves on planet Earth. 

9.     I can specify the factors that affect a region’s climate and explain how Earth’s climate changes over time. 

10.   I can describe the structure of Earth’s interior

11.   I can explain the theory of plate tectonics

12.   I can effectively use academic habits in science class.

 

 Semester 2

1.     I can describe the structure and composition of volcanoes.

2.     I can describe the structure and composition of minerals.

3.     I can explain how rocks form and change via the rock cycle.

4.     I can describe and apply the principles of geology.

5.     I can identify landforms created by glaciers and explain how glaciers shaped Minnesota.

6.     I can describe how the motions of the Earth, Moon and Sun create a variety of observable cycles.

7.     I can explain how gravity acts on objects.

8.     I can describe Earth’s place in space.

9.     I can compare and contrast objects in our solar system.

10.   I can effectively use academic habits in science class.