Science and Technology Curriculum Standards
National Science Education Standards
Earth and Space Science
Content Standard D
Changes in the Earth and Sky
As a result of their activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop an understanding that
The surface of the earth changes. Some changes are due to slow processes, such as erosion and weathering, and some changes are due to rapid processes, such as landslides, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes.
The earth processes we see today, including erosion, movement of lithospheric plates, and changes in atmospheric composition, are similar to those that occurred in the past.
Content Standard E
Science and Technology
As a result of their actvities in grades 5-8, all students should develop
Abilities of technological design
Understanding about science and technology
New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards
5.1 A. Understand Scientific Explanations: Students understand core concepts and principles of science and use measurement and observation tools to assist in categorizing, representing, and interpreting the natural and designed world.
5.4 B. History of Earth: From the time that Earth formed from a nebula 4.6 billion years ago, it has been evolving as a result of geologic, biological, physical, and chemical processes
5.4 D. Tectonics: The theory of plate tectonics provides a framework for understanding the dynamic processes within and on Earth.
8.1 Educational Technology: All students will use digital tools to access, manage, evaluate, and synthesize information in order to solve problems individually and collaboratively and to create and communicate knowledge.
8.2 Engineering and Design: All students will develop an understanding of the nature and impact of technology, engineering, technological design, and the designed world, as they relate to the individual, global society, and the environment.