2016 MA Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework Alignment

Disciplinary Core Idea/Sub-Idea:

ESS2. Earth's Systems

ESS2.D. Weather and Climate


ESS3. Earth and Human Activity

ESS3.B. Natural Hazards


K-ESS2-1. Use and share quantitative observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.


K-ESS3-2. Obtain and use information about weather forecasting to prepare for, and respond to, different types of local weather.


“Severe Weather – Blizzards –

Let It Snow!”


“Severe Weather – Hurricanes – Tropical Storms Run Amok!”

Extension 1 Instructional Focus


The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R) provides critical information for weather forecasting, including severe storm watches and warnings that help communities prepare for blizzards and hurricanes.

Extension 2 Instructional Focus


Students learn that "space junk" is orbiting the Earth and putting satellites at risk.  They discuss their ideas for how "space junk" might be cleaned up, draw and color a picture of their design, and make an orbital space debris tabletop display, showing and describing their work to their classmates, in alignment with the Speaking and Listening standards from the 2017 MA English Language Arts and Literacy Framework.

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