Earth: Features and Processes

Evidence from Rock Layers
Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers for changes in a landscape over time to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time. 

Weathering and Erosion
Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.

Mapping Earth's Features
Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features.

Natural Hazard Design Solution
Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.

Anchor Charts


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