V. Energy in the Earth's Systems: How do external and internal sources of energy affect the Earth's systems?
6.3 - Variations in the amount of the sun's energy hitting the Earth's surface affect daily and seasonal weather patterns.
Local and regional weather are affected by the amount of solar energy these areas receive and by their proximity to a large body of water.
C 7. Describe the effect of heating on the movement of molecules in solids, liquids and gases.
C 8. Explain how local weather conditions are related to the temperature, pressure and water content of the atmosphere and the proximity to a large body of water.
C 9. Explain how the uneven heating of the Earth's surface causes winds.
I. SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY
Scientific inquiry is a thoughtful and coordinated attempt to search out, describe, explain and predict natural phenomena.
II. SCIENTIFIC LITERACY
Scientific literacy also includes the ability to search for and assess the relevance and credibility of scientific information found in various print and electronic media.
III. SCIENTIFIC NUMERACY
Scientific numeracy includes the ability to use mathematical operations and procedures to calculate, analyze and present scientific data and ideas
The following numeracy performance items serve as a selection rubric for minds-on classroom activities.
C INQ.1 Identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigation.
C INQ.2 Read, interpret and examine the credibility of scientific claims in different sources of information.
C INQ.3 Design and conduct appropriate types of scientific investigations to answer different questions.
C INQ.4 Identify independent and dependent variables, and those variables that are kept constant, when designing an experiment.
C INQ.5 Use appropriate tools and techniques to make observations and gather data.
C INQ.6 Use mathematical operations to analyze and interpret data.
C INQ.7 Identify and present relationships between variables in appropriate graphs.
C INQ.8 Draw conclusions and identify sources of error.
C INQ.9 Provide explanations to investigated problems or questions.
C INQ.10 Communicate about science in different formats, using relevant science vocabulary, supporting evidence and clear logic.