Academic Standard

The Earth
Tennessee State Standards
Science (2009-2018)
Grade range: 
Subject = Earth & Space Science
The Earths crust, including its continents and ocean basins, consists of large crustal plates that overlie a hot, almost molten layer. The interior of the earth, under great pressure from the weight of overlying layers, is hot and dense. In areas where moving plates collide, earthquakes and mountains are common. New sea floor forms where the plates pull apart. Waves, wind, water, and ice carve the earth's surface into distinctive landforms. Much of the landscape of todays Northern Hemisphere was shaped by the regular advance and retreat of huge continental glaciers. Wind and water erode loose surface materials and deposit them elsewhere. Conceptual StrandMajor geologic events that occur over eons or brief moments in time continually shape and reshape the surface of the Earth, resulting in continuous global change.Guiding QuestionHow is the earth affected by long-term and short term geological cycles and the influence of man?
Elements within this Standard
Grade Level Expectation
Investigate how the earths geological features change as a result of erosion (weathering and transportation) and deposition.
Evaluate how some earth materials can be used to solve human problems and enhance the quality of life.
Check For Understanding
Prepare a demonstration to illustrate how wind and water affect the earth's surface features.
Design an investigation to demonstrate how erosion and deposition change the earth's surface.
List factors that determine the appropriate use of an earth material.
Use data from a variety of informational texts to analyze and evaluate man's impact on non-renewable resources.
State Performance Indicator
Design a simple model to illustrate how the wind and movement of water alter the earths surface.
Analyze how different earth materials are utilized to solve human problems or improve the quality of life.