Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards
MD.2.0. Earth/Space Science: Students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the chemical and physical interactions (i.e., natural forces and cycles, transfer of energy) of the environment, Earth, and the universe that occur over time.
2.D.2. Astronomy: Recognize and describe the causes of the repeating patterns of celestial events.
2.D.2.a. Describe the rotation of the planet Earth on its axis.
2.D.2.b. Recognize and describe that the rotation of planet Earth produces observable effects: The day and night cycle; The apparent movement of the sun, moon, planets, and stars.
2.E.1. Interactions of Hydrosphere and Atmosphere: Recognize and describe that the amount of water on Earth continues to stay the same even though it may change from one form to another.
2.E.1.a. Describe how water on Earth changes: Condensation; Precipitation; Evaporation.
2.E.1.c. Describe the relationship between the amount of energy from the sun and the quantity of water that is changed.
2.E.1.d. Describe the processes that maintain a continuous water cycle.
MD.3.0. Life Science: The students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the dynamic nature of living things, their interactions, and the results from the interactions that occur over time.
3.A.1. Diversity of Life: Explain the idea that in any particular environment, some kinds of plants and animals survive well, some less well, and some cannot survive at all.
3.A.1.e. Explain that the survival of individual organisms and entire populations can be affected by sudden (flood, Tsunami) or slow (global warming, air pollution) changes in the environment.
MD.6.0. Environmental Science: Students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the interactions of environmental factors (living and non-living) and analyze their impact from a local to a global perspective.
6.B.2. Environmental Issues: Recognize and describe that consequences may occur when Earth's natural resources are used.
6.B.2.b. Explain how human activities may have a negative consequence on the natural environment: Damage or destruction done to habitats; Air, water, and land pollution.