Material in this unit can be used to cover several aspects of the Next Generation Science Standard for high school regarding chemistry, the water cycle, and the interactions of humans with the environment. In addition, activities are aimed at helping to develop student’s proficiencies in the Common Core State Standards for English Language. This unit can also be used to fulfil learning objectives related to the transition of disease related agents and epidemiology.
A few of these standards are listed below.
Next Generation Science Standards
HS-ESS2-2: Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to the Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that can cause change to other Earth’s surfaces.
HS-ESS2-5: Plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effect on Earth materials and surface processes.
Common Core State Standards
ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.1: Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to important distinctions the author makes and to any gaps or inconsistencies in the account.
ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.2: Determine the central ideals or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.
ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.3: Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks; analyze the specific results based on explanations in the text.
ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.7: Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different formats as well as in words in order to address or solve a problem.