Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Alignment


Disciplinary Core Idea/Sub-Idea:

ESS2. Earth's Systems

ESS2.C. The Roles of Water in Earth's Surface Processes


MS-ESS2-4. Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth's systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.

Grade 7

Exploring the Water Cycle

Extension 1 Instructional Focus


The Aqua satellite enables scientists to observe the global pattern of water vapor circulation and learn how it connects to the Sun, oceans, atmosphere, and life.

Extension 2 Instructional Focus


Students participate in a design team project entitled, “Engineering Designs for Active Debris Removal” that is aligned with MS-ETS1-2.  After learning about ongoing research into several technologies, student teams research the various concepts and report to the class on their respective strengths and limitations.

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